Firm looking to expand its presence in education and commercial markets with appointment of Peter Whitmore

Peter Whitmore

Wates Construction has appointed a former regional managing director of rival Morgan Sindall to head up its Northern Home Counties and East region.

Peter Whitmore had been boss of Morgan Sindall’s South West region but will now oversee Wates’ work in the East of the country including the Cambridge and Luton offices.

The firm said it was aiming to grow its presence in the commercial, schools and higher education sectors in the region.

Wates’ current jobs in the region include the £8m Tokko My Place youth facility in Luton; the £37m Crest Academy in Brent and a £21m University of Essex Forum Project.

The firm was also recently appointed to deliver a £33m batch of schools in the East of England under the government’s Priority School Building Programme.

Whitmore said he was “looking forward” to continuing “proven track record of delivering construction excellence” across a range of projects in the region.

He added: “The construction industry is at present not without its challenges and tight budget management is more crucial than ever before. It is for this reason that we are looking to the future with a significant drive on efficiency, with a focus on maintaining high standards, to ensure client satisfaction and true value for money.”