Glasgow building services firm Akela will help build a large retirement village in Leeds

The group’s ground engineering arm has entered into an agreement which will see it provide piling services for two buildings in a new 110-acre retirement village in West Yorkshire.

The new contract has been awarded by Graham, who will lead the construction of the luxury retirement village for Audley Group at Scarcroft Park, north of Leeds. It will provide 128 apartments in 15 residential blocks which cover 110 acres. Work is due to begin on site in May.

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Akela has opened a North of England hub at Moorfield Business Park in Leeds as part of its UK expansion plans.

An impression of Leeds retirement village where work is due to start on site in May.

The group operates across Scotland and is one of the largest multi-disciplinary construction and civil engineering services companies in the country with over 300 staff, including around 40 apprentices.

Akela Ground Engineering announced last year that it had been awarded and completed its first contract in Yorkshire. The company is currently tendering for a variety of new housing and commercial construction contracts throughout the region.

Mark Markey, Akela Group Managing Director, said: “This latest contract win provides a great opportunity to work with Graham and further demonstrate our piling expertise. It is also representative of the demand we are seeing for our civil and land engineering services, which has seen us recently win contracts with major homebuilders, with over 2,100 units underway.

“We are also experiencing demand for services in other sectors, including retail, energy and specifically electric vehicle charging stations, having recently completed projects in Oxford and Scotland. Our Leeds hub continues to go from strength to strength and we are excited about the contract prospects in this thriving region of the UK.

Jonathan Hall, Managing Director of South Building Region at Graham, added: “The new retirement village will provide high quality housing for older people in the Yorkshire region. We look forward to working with Akela and the Audley Group to bring this impressive project to fruition. »

Established in 2003, Akela Group operates from offices in Glasgow and Leeds.

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