Recent wins in the MK area include a new luxury 250 bed hotel on Marlborough Gate for a prominent British operator, on which it will act as project and cost manager. In addition, the business is working alongside YourMK, a joint venture between Milton Keynes Council and the private sector, to refurbish and build homes across the region, as well as securing several schemes for the Coventry-based Manufacturing Technology Centre.
Gleeds has also been named as lead consultant on a number of projects for Milton Keynes Council as part of the Perfect Circle consortium. The £52 million worth of capital development to the west of the town includes a new build secondary school, a purpose built health centre, a primary school expansion programme and a multi-storey car park at the railway station.
The office will initially be manned by six full-time staff including new appointment Dave Stewart, who joins Gleeds as a director of project management from LendLease Consulting. Dave has worked closely with neighbouring Northamptonshire County Council for more than a decade, delivering hundreds of schools and a new headquarters for the council.
“Gleeds has ambitious growth plans for this region and people of Dave’s calibre will be instrumental in realising those aims, so I am delighted to welcome him to the team” said James Marshall, director of Gleeds heading up the new Milton Keynes operation.
“The opening of the Cambridge - Milton Keynes - Oxford corridor has the potential to cement the region’s position as the UK’s equivalent to Silicon Valley. The new rail link between the three locations is due for completion in 2023, with a huge population increase expected and extremely strong economic growth forecast for Milton Keynes specifically. This is an exciting time for both the business and the region” he went on to add.
The Milton Keynes office can be found at i2 Office, Suite 217, 2nd Floor, 170 Midsummer Boulevard, Milton Keynes MK9 1BP.