From renovating the roof of Leeds railway station to helping to redevelop the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace, the Wates Group has come a long way from the housebuilder set up by the two Wates brothers in 1897. Now run by a non-family member for the first time, its five divisions, ranging from an interiors outfitter to a construction contractor, recorded sales of £459m in 2001 when it had 1,368 staff.

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Company details
ActivityConstruction contractor
Sales £m459
Profit £m8
Year endDec 01
Principal shareholdersWates family

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