Celebrating 30 Years - History and Milestones

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Since its inception 30 years ago Keegans has established itself as a successful multi-disciplinary building consultancy and a trusted advisor to clients in the public and private sectors.

The first Decade

keegans-CS-logo1984 The year that Prince Harry was born and Virgin Atlantic made it’s inaugural flight. It is also the year that Keegans Chartered Surveyors was founded by Peter Keegans and Noel Farrell as a traditional quantity surveying partnership.

The business was based in Watford and during its early years grew steadily in its core discipline providing Quantity Surveying services to a mixed portfolio of commercial clients.

One such notable project from this era was for Metro Photographic and its well-known Clerkenwell Road new headquarters, a project which gained much interest and acclaim from Building Magazine and Contract Journal.

The second Decade

19941994 The year that  the channel tunnel opened between England and France and Terrence Lynch joined the partnership to expand our services and actively target growth within the public sector.

Following Terence’s appointment, there soon followed a string of commissions in the healthcare and research sectors, with clients such as the Medical Research Council for whom we are still providing quantity surveying services today.

Other clients included a number of NHS Trusts such as Havering, Kingston, NIMR and Hammersmith hospital.Terence subsequently became a full partner in the practice in 1998. 

 

 

19961996 saw the introduction of Section 65 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996, which gave powers to Local Authorities in England and Wales to carry out improvements to the exterior of blocks and terraces of private sector housing within their area. These improvements were undertaken with the permission of the property owners and were commonly termed Group Repair schemes.

Keegans expanded its services to include project management and building surveying creating a specialist division - Keegans Regeneration - to respond to this new market opportunity within the housing sector. Our first commission was for London Borough of Newham delivering several of their area based Group Repair schemes. This was soon followed by a string of appointments for other Local Authorities implementing similar schemes such as: the London Boroughs of Southwark, Lewisham and Haringey, City and County of Swansea and Bradford City Council to name but a few.

1996bOur most notable project from this decade was our award winning regeneration project for the London Borough of Southwark - Bellenden Renewal. Bellenden was launched as an urban renewal area in 1997 to stimulate the socio-economic regeneration of this part of Peckham, South London.

The area qualified due to high levels of deprivation and poor living standards in private housing. This project, led by Southwark Council in association with Keegans Regeneration, began as a housing group repair scheme to tackle approximately 10,000 unfit and potentially unfit private sector dwellings, but it subsequently went beyond this to address broader issues such as increasing commercial activity, employment, crime reduction and environmental improvements with particular emphasis on public art.

 

2002-3

2002/3 by 2002 Keegans Regeneration had grown its reputation as specialists in urban regeneration project management and became a fully incorporated company.

Our quantity surveying team continued to expand their services in the health and research sectors and we added Planning Supervision (CDM-Cordination as its now known) to our range of services.

2003 saw us commissioned by the Medical Research Centre to provide both Quantity Surveying and Planning Supervision services on the new £100m (MARS) Addenbrooke Hospital campus site. 

 

The third Decade 

2004/05 The year that London were announced as the hosts of the 2012 Olympics. During these years, Keegans continued to gain recognition for its input into many regeneration and renewal projects collecting a number of awards for its efforts in contributing to local communities:

2004 Finalist for Regeneration Consultant of the year at the Regeneration Awards
2004 Shortlisted for the ODPM Sustainable Communities Award
2004 Finalist for Best Approach to Partnering & Supply Chain Management at the Building Homes Quality Awards
2004 Finalist for Best Training/People Development at the Building Homes Quality Awards
2005 Finalist for Integrated Supply Chain Team of the Year at the Building Awards
2005 Winner for the RICS Regeneration Consultant of the year (London Region)

Keegans-CMYK-Logo2006 In October 2006 Peter Keegan sold the business to the N-able Group and all services were united under a single trading company - Keegans Ltd.  Through a series of further complimentary acquisitions N-Able brought together a group of associated companies all in the surveying, design, regeneration and construction fields.

These included PPCR Associates, ECD Architects and later Dearle & Henderson.

Staying close to its roots Keegans began to branch out and work for a wider range of clients including Residential Managing Agents, Housing Associations, Local Authorities, Schools and Universities and a range of other public and private sector organisations. The business expanded and grew organically adding additional services to its offering such as Building Surveying, CDM Co-ordination, Employers Agent and Clerk of Works. Working closely with sister company ECD Architects, Keegans were now able to offer a truly multi-disciplinary service to clients.

20072007 In order to be closer to its growing client base, and to house the expanding staff numbers, Keegans moved from their Watford office to London Bridge and also amalgamated their Southwark and Haringey satellite offices into the London Bridge office. We still reside here today.

2008  Keegans acquired Dearle and Henderson's Glasgow based building consultancy business. This addition of complimentary services in Design, Building Surveying and Cost Consultancy enabled Keegans to extend its geographical coverage throughout the UK.  

 

2009comb

2009  Keegans gain entry into the Building Magazine's Good Employers Guide for the first time and is proud to have maintained its place in the guide every year to date.

The London Team’s Dunraven School project in Lambeth creating an innovative new sports centre built off site from old sea containers is complete and wins Building Construction Industry small project of the year award.

The Glasgow team's flagship project, the £2.3m regeneration of Lochgelly Miner's Institute to provide a centre for training and support for local people also wins a host of awards;

 SURF (Scottish Urban Regeneration Forum)
Commendation 2008
RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors)
Scotland Regeneration Award 2009
RICS (Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors)
National Community Benefit Commendation 2009
CIH (Chartered Institute of Housing)
Excellence in Regeneration Award 2010

 


20102010 Keegans are appointed by Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames to deliver multi-disciplinary services for their Primary School Expansion Programme. Other primary school expansion commissions soon follow for Brent, Greenwich, Merton to name a few, as we secure our position as specialists in education sector expansion projects.

2011/12 Saw Keegans appointed to the CRCS/LCP Framework for multi-disciplinary and quantity surveying services – now used by most London Local Authorities. 

 


20132013 Keegans working alongside sister company ECD Architects on Wilmcote House for Portsmouth City Council. It is the first large scale retrofit to EnerPHit standard. Keegans/ECD continue to grow our expertise in energy efficient design and tackling fuel poverty.

2014 Since the company’s formation, Keegans has seen significant growth year on year.  That growth has been due to our successful delivery of our core company values and commitment to clients in achieving their objectives in terms of quality, cost, time and performance.  After 30 years in practice, we continue to expand our skill base to meet the needs of our clients.