Keith Skempton CBE DL

Partnership Approach

Keith had an article published on "Partnership:  taking the Whole Force Approach in Defence".  It was featured in the 'Defence Contracts Bulletin' produced on 16 Nov 16 (Vol 14 No 22).  It has been republished in the 2017 Defence Procurement Guide available from February.


Keith Skempton provides consultancy and advice for design and management organisations, building contractors and developers specifically, but not exclusively, in the defence and security sector, interacting with the MOD and Armed Forces as well as defence manufacturers.


Advice is aimed at identifying procurement opportunities and bringing together the team that can win the contract.


Target projects tend to be for the development of facilities or for the development of real estate for disposal, in both cases requiring design for best value.


Waldeck Consulting


Keith is providing consultancy services and strategic advisory services on defence and other opportunities to Waldeck.  Waldeck is a specialist multi-disciplinary technical design and management consultancy.  They help private and global blue-chip corporations succeed with Heavy Infrastructure, Industrial and Major Building Projects.  Keith's focus is primarily in the defence, manufacturing and logistics sectors.


Waldeck are market leaders in digital based strategic and project implementation solutions.  They undertake Building Information Modelling (BIM) beyond Level 2 and to 7D (that includes program, costs, green credentials, FM and through life costs).  The digital modelling capability has recently been extended to include BIM quality drone surveys.  For more information see:




RAF Lakenheath Construction Opportunity


MOD has issued a notice for interested parties to complete a Dynamic PQQ regarding the F35 (LIGHTING II) Bed-down Programme. The PQQ will be evaluated upon submission and a short list of Bidders will be prepared for going to Tender Invitation. The number of Tenders will be a minimum of 3 but no more than 5.

The F35 Beddown Programme involves construction and renovation for a number of buildings and infrastructure projects up to 25 buildings, examples being 6 Bay Flight Simulator, Squadron Operations/Aircraft Maintenance Unit and Hangars, Parking Aprons, Parts Store, Infrastructure, Fuel System Bay, Wash Rack/Corrosion Control, Dormitory block. There will also be a requirement for Demolition, adaption and alteration of existing buildings. The F35 Programme is estimated to be in the value range of between £180 – £250M. Additionally, the following services may also be required including Programme Management, Risk Management, Value Engineering, Project Planning, Construction Project Management in supporting Defence Infrastructure Organisation in the delivery of construction work for an F35 Aircraft Beddown Programme.  The deadline for entries is 7 August 2017


Skempton Consulting

For the past 6 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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