Construction and property consultancy Rider Levett Bucknall (RLB) has appointed Gordon Cook as project management lead partner for its Thames Valley region.

Mr Cook, who will be based at RLB’s regional Thames Valley office at Winnersh Triangle, has been brought in to develop and grow the firm’s regional project management service in key sectors including commercial, corporate occupier, life sciences, higher education, healthcare, residential, public and civic and infrastructure/energy.

Mike Righton, RLB’s managing partner for the Thames Valley region, said: “We are extremely pleased to have welcomed Gordon to RLB at this exciting time as we build on the growth and success we have already achieved and continue to work towards RLB UK’s 2030 vision and strategy, which will see the ongoing growth of our team in the UK and development and innovation of our service lines so that we continue to be able to support our clients with outcome focussed solutions and advice that creates value on their behalf in the property and construction sectors.

Gordon’s depth of expertise across sectors and exemplary track record of providing programme and project management services both in the UK and internationally and on significant refurbishment and new build programmes from feasibility onwards, aligns well with our other established service lines and expertise, including quantity surveying and building surveying, as we now look to achieve the next stage of our strategic growth ambitions as we build on our current team of 55 consultants.

Mr Cook said: “The decision to join an employee-owned business like RLB offers a unique and rewarding experience where I am able to be part of a progressive business that is creating a lasting legacy.

“RLB invests in its people where we challenge the status quo through innovation in delivering our services to our clients. As an independent consultancy RLB has maintained a family environment where our people have fun, enjoy their work and feel valued. Our strength lies in our agility to address our clients’ requirements in a constantly evolving market and we are passionate about delivering successful outcomes for our clients.

“The Thames Valley and Oxfordshire regions have a robust real estate market.  Both the public and public sectors have a responsibility to address their existing built assets and infrastructure to align with the Government’s net zero carbon and sustainability targets and continue to deliver services to their stakeholders.

“There is an increasing demand for affordable housing, improved public facilities in healthcare and education and ambition to upgrade and repurpose existing office space within the regions.  Certain sectors in the market can vary but it’s being able to identify specific opportunities in regions like Oxfordshire, considering factors such as development projects, economic trends, demographic shifts that could lead to fruitful investments or ventures.’’

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