K2 Construction Management, the company with responsibility to deliver the £450m SeAH Wind project, has shown its commitment to the Tees Valley by opening its new strategic headquarters in Middlesbrough.
The leading construction management company started work in the region less than 12 months ago and has already gone on to directly employ more than 45 people with a further 400 currently working through their local supply chain on site at Teesworks.
Due to the increased demand for the business’s construction management and consultancy expertise along with the knowledge of the growing number of major developments proposed across the north east, further investment to establish a strategic base was a natural choice. K2’s mission is geared to create a real legacy within the regions it works and growing strong locally resourced teams.
At the launch event last week, the Tees Valley Mayor, along with local business leaders, heard about the business’s plans for expansion and how K2 Construction Management is investing significant amounts of time and resource in developing corporate responsibility, providing a bias towards the local supply chain and employment opportunities as well as supporting the region’s communities, schools, and charities.
Locally, K2 is best known as the principal contractor, project manager and designer of the world’s largest monopile factory on behalf of South Korean firm SeAH Wind. A notable first for the business as it becomes the first business managing the construction of the first project at the UK’s first and largest Freeport on Teesside.
More than a billion pounds worth of construction projects have been developed and delivered by K2, ranging from the mammoth to the compact. These include the £500m regeneration of Hale Village in London, a £10m scheme to transform Nile House in Brighton and extensive student accommodation blocks across the north, such as Artisan Heights Manchester, in partnership with Unite.
K2 Construction Management Director Steve Porter said: “Our expertise lies in the fundamentals of construction management, a model that allows large and sometimes technically complex projects, often with much final design work still to do, the ability to mobilise early and commence phases of work.
“Developing jewel in the crown schemes such as SeAH Wind comes with immense scrutiny, but it’s an environment in which we thrive, ready and hungry for the next venture.
“The Tees Valley is a hotbed of activity, so it naturally made sense to strengthen our position here by investing in our teams. We’re excited by the relationships we’ve already built across the supply chain, and we look forward to strengthening those in years to come creating even more local job opportunities.”
Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen said: “K2 Construction Management – part of the international Hanmi Global family – is a relative new kid on the block in Teesside, but it is responsible for delivering one of the biggest and most exciting projects to date, SeAH Wind’s mammoth £450million monopile factory at Teesworks.
“In doing so, it has wasted no time in supporting our brilliant local supply chain businesses to make sure everyone feels the benefit from this huge undertaking. It has also provided good-quality jobs for local people, growing from 6 staff to 45 in less than a year. This investment in its new office is its latest commitment to our region as work continues on the plant, ahead of many more projects in the future. It’s another great asset to our area and I look forward to hearing about its future successes.”