K&K Services was established 15 years ago and was until recently based in Wavendon, a village on the outskirts of Milton Keynes. As the business grew and the number of houses in the village increased and the land was acquired for residential use, it became increasingly unsuitable for K&K’s expanding transportation, distribution and haulage services.
Looking for a new site proved difficult for a company unfamiliar with property transactions and construction procurement until K&K contacted Milton Keynes Development Partnership (MKDP) for their help to identify a suitable site and guide them through the legalities and practicalities.
K&K Services new headquarters, warehouse and service yard was recently constructed on a former MKDP site in West Ashland by design and build contractor Thomas Roy supported by local companies WE Architecture and JPP Consulting Engineers as designers. The vehicle inspection pit was designed and specified to ATF standards by automotive workshop specialists Tecalemit.
The new facility provides ample working space for the company’s current staff of 35 as well as room for its planned new recruits and sufficient space for the company to consider accommodating other complementary businesses too.
K&K’s company secretary Nina Kuzova says: “Our competence lies within transport management, and when it came to what we needed to do, to procure a new facility that would meet our current and future requirements we did not really know where to start. MKDP’s knowledge alongside project management by Broadbase PM and QS Services was invaluable in helping us to navigate through the complicated processes, from proposing sites that would suit our business, through to selecting suitable partners and ultimately seeing us move into this fantastic new building.”
MKDP’s chief executive Charles Macdonald says: “Seeing one of our sites being used to secure a thriving company’s future in Milton Keynes is great. This project has brought various challenges but our determined team ensured that it finally came to fruition.”
Dr Hilary Denny from Milton Keynes based environmental consultancy Greenwood conducted ecological and bio-diversity assessments on the site to help K&K implement a bio diversity offsetting scheme to meet the conditions of its planning permission on this constrained site. The landscaping scheme was designed by Artemis Chartered Landscape Architects based near Towcester and the planting is supported by students from Shuttleworth College’s Countryside & Wildlife Management and Horticulture department and their current year students.