Glasgow construction services firm Akela to help build large retirement village in Leeds

Akela Group, the Glasgow-based construction services and civil engineering company, is building on its north of England expansion with a new contract.

The group’s ground engineering arm has secured a deal that will see it deliver piling services for two buildings within a new 110-acre retirement village in West Yorkshire.

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

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

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

The group operates across Scotland and is one of the country’s largest multi-disciplinary construction services and civil engineering companies with more than 300 employees, including about 40 apprentices.

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

Mark Markey, Akela Group managing director, said: “This latest contract win offers a great opportunity to work with Graham and to further demonstrate our piling expertise. It also is representative of the demand we are seeing for our ground and civil engineering services which has seen us win contracts with major housebuilders recently, with more than 2,100 units underway.

“We are also experiencing a 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 is going from strength to strength, and we are excited by the contract prospects in this thriving region of the UK.”

Jonathan Hall, managing director for the building south region at Graham, added: “The new retirement village will deliver high quality housing for older people in the Yorkshire area. We are looking forward to working with Akela and the Audley Group to deliver this impressive project.”

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

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