This construction and property services group built more than 7,000 residential housing units last year and maintained more than 500,000 properties. The Surrey group started this year with a record order book of £5.4bn with current projects including the £650m refurbishment of parliament’s listed Whitehall offices. David Allen, 47, chief executive, leads it alongside chairman Sir James Wates, 59, a fourth-generation member of the founding family.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank37
CompanyWates
ActivityConstruction contractor
LocationLeatherhead
Sales £m1,501
Profit £m30
Year endDec 18
Principal shareholdersWates family (100%)
Staff3,897
Founded1897
Websitewww.wates.co.uk

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