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Wates Residential appoint HBS Group Southern as M&E partner for Homes England’s Flagship Daedalus Village Project  

It is with great pleasure to announce that developer Wates Residential has chosen HBS Group Southern as its delivery partner to design and install all plumbing, heating and electrical services for 200 new homes being built at Daedalus Village.

This large-scale regeneration scheme in Gosport is the first project in Homes England’s new national accelerated delivery programme, which is designed to enable the government’s housing agency to fast-track the building of homes on publicly owned land.

Work on the former Royal Naval Air Station known as HMS Daedalus started back in November last year when Wates Residential and Homes England joined forces to create this significant mixed-use neighbourhood.

It’s the latest combined site services contract awarded to HBS Group Southern and builds on the company’s growing reputation as the South’s leading mechanical and electrical delivery partner in the new build housing sector.

Richard Manville, Construction Manager at Wates Residential said:

“I am delighted that HBS have signed up to work at Daedalus Village. This is our flagship site in the south and is the foundation of our expanding presence across the south west of England. Their continued commitment towards quality and customer service is second to none and the teams are really looking forward to the path ahead.” 

When complete, Daedalus Village will dramatically increase the number of new homes available in Gosport, helping to fulfil the local housing need. The scheme comprises of a mix of tenures and sizes, with 120 private homes and 80 affordable homes managed by Housing Association Radian.


Fully-integrated mechanical and electrical expertise  

HBS Group Southern has strong experience in time-critical delivery of combined mechanical and electrical services for major housing projects as proven by the successful results achieved at Lovell Bulford, Highwood North Stoneham Park and Bovis Boorley Park to mention just a few.

The integrated mechanical and electrical divisions will be led by a project-based contracts manager who will oversee all aspects of design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning of the gas, heating, water and electrical system requirements. Our team of highly competent on-site engineers have the ability to provide services to an excellent standard that will enable HBS to meet Wates Residential expectations and achieve the measured programme’s delivery targets.

HBS management team will control, monitor and provide all necessary resources to support the smooth, successful and safe completion of this scheme over the next 18 months.

Paul Bailey, Operations Director at HBS Group Southern commented:

“Daedalus Village presents an exciting opportunity for HBS to demonstrate how its market-leading processes will consistently deliver a high-quality mechanical and electrical product. We look forward to supporting the team at Wates Residential on this important regeneration project.” 

Kevin Bull, Managing Director, HBS Group Southern, added: 

“HBS are extremely proud to begin this new partnership with Wates Residential. We are committed to helping the developer achieve their vision for Daedalus Village, the first project in Homes England’s national accelerated delivery programme. I am confident that our combined divisions will positively impact the scheme and help deliver 200 high quality homes for the local area.”

About Wates Residential

Wates Residential, part of the Wates Group, is one of the UK’s leading developers. The business operates across London and the South, working with public and private sector clients to build more and better quality homes. This is driven by a shared vision that everyone deserves a great place to live. Wates Residential applies a special type of regeneration to every scheme that it develops. This looks beyond bricks and mortar and is focused on supporting the wider long-term development of sustainable communities.

By engaging with key stakeholder groups early, the team ensures that local needs are placed at the heart of every development. The developer also looks to leave a positive lasting legacy in the communities where it operates by targeting local procurement, the creation of local training and employment opportunities and investing in local charitable organisations and community groups.

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HBS Group Southern is an award-winning mechanical, electrical and renewable energy installation specialist with over 70 years’ experience. We have built a strong reputation for consistently delivering reliable and industry-leading building services in the housbuilding sector. Look at some of the case studies we’ve completed for the UK’s major developers and regional housebuilders across the South of England to see how can help.


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