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 privately-run commercial project aimed at re-instigating up to 30 miles of railway line primarily for freight and business use.  The line is linked to the West Coast mainline.  Apart from commercial efficiency for the prospective clients, 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 being raised 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) and there is an opportunity fornthem to expand their network.

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 the past 12 years Keith has been undertaking Non-Executive advice and 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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