In 2017, Wates built more than 5,000 housing units, including houses, flats, retirement homes and student accommodation, and maintained 500,000 properties. The Surrey group started 2018 with a record order book of £5bn after being appointed to two major public-sector frameworks. In April, David Allen, 46, was appointed chief executive to lead the business alongside chairman James Wates, 58, a fourth-generation member of the founding family.
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