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Wates announces new MD for Smartspace division

Scott Camp has been named as the new Managing Director of Wates Group’s £145 million specialist fit-out and refurbishment division, Wates Smartspace.

Camp, currently the division’s Commercial Director, was appointed after a competitive recruitment process and will take up his new role from  1 September 2020, reporting to David Morgan, Executive Managing Director, Wates Property Services.

The announcement forms part of a series of changes at the Wates Group, which were launched last month as it restructures its operations to focus on the opportunities that lie ahead in its key markets. The restructure saw former Smartspace MD, Helen Bunch, take over the leadership of the Group’s successful Residential business and saw Smartspace become part of the Wates Property Services (WPS) business.

Camp joined Wates in 2002 as a project surveyor, having spent the previous six years at the specialist shop-fitting contractor, Plaza Interiors. Since joining Wates, he has held a number of positions within the business. In his most recent role as Smartspace’s Commercial Director, he led a national team of 65 surveyors with great success.

Speaking about his appointment, Camp said: “These are challenging times for our industry, but I believe Smartspace is uniquely positioned to find opportunities as customers review how they use their premises in a post-pandemic environment.

“Smartspace has the flexibility to adapt and respond quickly to changing circumstances, and recent appointments to help Government departments reopen their premises on a Covid-secure basis have demonstrated how our teams can be trusted to work under pressure and in critical environments.

“We work across an enormous range of sectors right across the UK and are actively discussing with many of our customers how we can help them upgrade and make best use of their estates.  I look forward to leading the business through this next, exciting stage of our development and growth.”

In 2019, Wates Smartspace undertook 600 projects across the UK, including the fit out of recently-completed new Government hub in Scotland, Queen Elizabeth House, in Edinburgh, for Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs. Other key clients include all four major UK banks, the BBC, the Ministry of Justice and M&S, for which it has completed 200 food halls and 50 full line stores.

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