Kier has outlined a new structure for its UK construction business in support of its aim for sustainable growth in key sectors across England, Scotland and Wales.
The structure consists of five business units including four regional businesses, its maintenance offering, as well as two newly formed functions that will focus on operational excellence and closer alignment to clients and markets, offering a unique approach through digitally enabled, sustainable solutions. Its four regional businesses will continue to leverage its extensive regional footprint.
The five UK construction business units include:
- Kier Places: the housing maintenance and FM business will continue to be led by Mark Whittaker, who has grown the business significantly over the past two years, delivering maintenance, compliance, fire safety and refurbishment services. It employs more than 1,000 staff, and maintains at least 20,000 assets including at least 2,000 commercial properties. Site-based teams also provide soft services including cleaning, grounds maintenance, security and pest control.
- London, South & Strategic Projects: This division will be led by David McKenzie, who joined Kier last year as managing director of London & South East. It will continue to build important healthcare and education projects, and maximise opportunities within the commercial sector. Current projects include P2, a 12-storey, commercial 388,000-square-foot building in King’s Cross as well as HMP Five Wells, a new prison using a design for manufacture and assembly (DfMA) modern methods of construction (MMC) approach.
- Midlands & Eastern: Mark Dady’s role as managing director for Eastern will expand to cover the Midlands and the East of England. Dady will lead projects such as Perry Barr Residential Scheme, Birmingham, where it is delivering an eight-storey mixed-use building and the new ambulatory care and diagnostics centre at Heartlands Hospital.
- Western & Wales: Anthony Irving will carry on as the division managing director and will also be responsible for safety, health and wellbeing within the business. In this region, Kier is delivering the UK’s first Passivhaus standard ultra-low carbon leisure centre, St Sidwell’s Point.
- North & Scotland: Gary Wintersgill remains as managing director for this division, spanning from Nottingham to Scotland. Live projects healthcare, education, local authorities and commercial developments and is pioneering carbon-saving technology on its sites.
Two new functions to be added are:
- Clients & Markets: Louisa Finlay, formerly managing director for the group’s Regional Building Southern business, will lead the new function. Finlay helped to define the construction business’s sustainability strategy and in this new position will oversee its implementation as well as supporting clients’ net zero aims.
- Operations: Chris Stevens, who joined Kier in January, will be overall operations director for the construction business. He will be responsible for building Kier’s self-delivery capabilities in building technologies and design and delivering key strategic actions as part of the group’s Performance Excellence programme.
Liam Cummins, Kier Construction’s group managing director, said: “This new structure underpins the delivery of our strategy for sustainable growth over the next five years. With our four regional businesses and Kier Places, we are focused on continuing to position ourselves for growth in our primary sectors and within key geographical locations.
“The creation of two new operational and client and markets’ functions allow us to unlock further potential in key markets, as well as providing operational certainty for our clients.
“This new operating model and senior leadership team puts us in the strongest position to deliver sustainable growth over the next five years.”
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