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Wates wins Flax Mill Maltings restoration tender

Wates Construction has won a £19m contract to redevelop the site of Britain’s oldest iron-framed building.

The project will see the restoration of seven listed buildings at Flax Mill Maltings in Shrewsbury, including its main mill, built using iron in 1797.

The work also includes bringing back into use some of the historic facilities on the site, including the kiln, the dye and stove house and the offices and stables.

Shropshire Council is waiting to find out whether it will receive £12.8m from the Heritage Lottery Fund to pay for the project, and expects work to start in September if it does.

Wates is now calling for subcontractors, particularly those from the local area, to register their interest.

“We will spend the coming months in consultation with local subcontractors to ensure that this is a truly local project for local people,” said Andy Hands, business manager for Wates Construction in the Midlands.

Subcontracting opportunities

  • Masonry
  • Carpentry
  • Roofing
  • Cast-iron specialism
  • Architectural metal work
  • Glazing


Meanwhile Wates Construction will begin work on the first of six schools that it will build as part of a £36m deal with the Education Funding Agency after it reached financial close.

Wates revealed that it had exchanged contracts with EFA for a new £4.9m building at Whitmore Park, Coventry, which is being delivered under the government’s Priority School Building Programme.

The 3,336 sq m building, designed by CPMG Architects, is scheduled to begin construction in June this year.

Wates will rebuild four new primary schools, one secondary and a special needs school as part of the contract.

“The past few months have been spent in close consultation with the EFA to develop the designs for the new facilities and establish the most cost-efficient means for delivering these urgently needed school buildings,” said Phil Harrison, managing director for Wates Construction, Midlands and North.

Wates is also due to deliver Coventry City Council’s Increasing Pupil Places programme, a £13m contract to expand and refurbish five of the city’s primary schools.

Subcontractors can contact Wates’ heritage restoration team on Flaxmill@webshare.wates.co.uk.

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