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Kier launches Facilities Services business

04 November 2008

Kier Facilities Services has been formed as a national facilities company which brings together the skills and resources of FM provider Kier Managed Services and Kier Building Services Engineers.

Starting on 1 November, the new brand – Kier Facilities Services – has merged two of Kier Group’s established operations: Kier Managed Services (KMS) and Kier Building Services Engineers (KBSE). With a turnover of around £120m and more than 1,200 staff operating from bases in London, Cardiff, Basingstoke and Sheffield, the new combined business is set to become one of the UK’s major companies in the sector.

An integrated business is dedicated to designing and operating facilities services solutions tailored to clients’ individual requirements by integrating a full range of hard and soft facilities services, building maintenance services and building engineering services

Kier Facilities Services will be headed up by Colin Hale, who was appointed managing director of KMS earlier this year, having built a strong track record in developing successful facilities and property management businesses. He said: “This merger will enable us to provide a truly nationwide service to support clients. The formation of Kier Facilities Services is a significant step in our drive to compete in this marketplace at the highest level. KFS is equipped to offer a one-stop solution for the whole life-cycle of clients’ property requirements, from design and installation of building services to long-term care and maintenance of their built environment.”

By combining Kier’s key strengths in M&E design and installation, building services maintenance and facilities management, the new company will be able to target a wider range of national opportunities.

Kier also recently announded a £110m Building Schools for the Future contract for construction work on five schools as part of the Building Schools for the Future programme in Kent - the largest school building scheme in Europe. The signing of the contract between Kent County Council, Building Schools for the Future Investments and Land Securities Trillium/Northgate Education on Friday 24 October means that construction can now begin to completely rebuild or substantially refurbish the first ten secondary schools.

John Dodds, Chief Executive of Kier Group, commented: 'Kier Group plc is delighted to be a major construction partner in the delivery of the prestigious Building Schools for the Future programme in Kent. Having been awarded over £750m of contracts in the education sector in the last two years alone, Kier can bring a high degree of innovation, value engineering and expertise in school building to this scheme. Our long-term presence in Kent and the south east of England also ensures that we and our well-established supply chain will bring a wealth of local knowledge and skills to this project.'

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