Skempton Consulting

Keith Skempton CBE DL

Keith Skempton provides consultancy and advice for design and management organisations, building contractors and developers primarily, but not exclusively, in the defence and security sector. 

Advice is aimed at identifying procurement opportunities and bringing together the team that can win the contract or co-ordinating the elements of the overall project.


Target projects tend to be for the development of real estate requiring design for best value.


Railway Project

Keith is currently engaged in a commercial project aimed at re-instigating a railway line initially for the movement of aggregate from a major quarry to the mainline rail network.  Apart from commercial efficiency for the prospective client, the project will have considerable environmental value by taking heavy traffic off the local roads.  The project is at the stage where investment capital is required to initiate the reconstruction of the line.  

The line offers numerous additional opportunities for commercial and public use.  

Part of the line is currently used by a heritage railway (picture).

Lord Adonis and Beeching Line Review

Lord Adonis set out ambitions to reopen mothballed or freight only lines to passengers, reinstate stations on existing lines and rebuild stretches of completely dismantled routes at the Institute for Public Policy Research.

MOD Infrastructure


The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) Strategy (2018) has been updated with a focus on increasing supplier numbers, offering greater opportunities for SMEs and gives information on the opportunities available to prospective suppliers.


The Procurement Plan covers the current situation with regards the Army Basing Strategy with priority on works at Upavon, Dreghorn (Edinburgh), Leuchars and Kendrew (Cottesmore).  It also covers the work priorities at Clyde (Coulport and Faslane) and the numerous Design Services' requirements.


For Faciities Management, Crown Commercial Services has appointed companies to new frameworks for DIO's new housing and facilities management contracts.  The Future Defence Infrastructure Services (FDIS) programme will require Hard FM arrangements for 4 regional contracts that will replace the current National Housing Prime.  The next stage in the process (Invitation to Tender) will take place over the next 3 months.



For the past 10 years Keith has been undertaking Business Development in the Defence and Security Property and Infrastructure Sector, with defence businesses and contractors, developing, rationalizing or disposing of their real estate at best value.  Since leaving the Army as a Major General, he has also been involved in Defence Manufacturing, Real Estate and Facilities Management projects.  His subject interest is UK-wide and he is now available as an independent consultant.

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