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.
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.
MoD Photo: German Army (Bundeswehr) BOXER vehicle 8 wheel Armoured Personnel Carrier
MOD is to rejoin the "Boxer" Mechanised Infantry Vehicle Programme which it left in 2003. It is built by the Artec Consortium and it is thought up to 500 vehicles could be ordered for the new Army Strike Brigades. It is possible 60pc of the work could be done in UK, securing or creating 1000 jobs and potential facilities.
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.