Kajima to ramp up Irish operations with PPP veteran, Nigel Skinner

The UK property arm of Japan’s Kajima Corporation has appointed a new project director, Nigel Skinner, to secure education and primary care schemes, including public-private partnerships (PPPs) in Ireland.

Nigel Skinner has been involved in the Irish and UK markets for over three decades (Kajima)

Joining Kajima Partnerships, Skinner has been involved in the Irish and UK markets for over three decades, and recently he spent two years as a special purpose vehicle (SPV) general manager for the construction and operational rollout of 14 new primary care centres in Ireland, managing a budget of circa €140m.

A Chartered Civil Engineer, Skinner has 20 years PPP delivery experience, including close to five years as SPV Project Director for DBFO 1 Westlink project in Belfast.

Most recently he was bid director for a £750m road infrastructure programme in Scotland and project director on an 85-bed mental health facility for Mersey Care Trust.

He started his career with Atkins plc in the late 1980s.

Kajima wants to increase its work in Ireland with a focus on integrated primary and social care units and higher education facilities.

The company was recently awarded a £40m contract to develop a new primary and community care centre in Lisburn, Northern Ireland and is currently awaiting planning approval on a similar facility in Newry.

"Ireland is an increasingly attractive market, with many exciting projects for us to bid for and having such a first-rate investment delivery professional leading our Irish operations will significantly enhance our prospects of success," said head of development Kirk Taylor.

Skinner said: "I am excited to be taking up this opportunity to work with Kajima in Ireland. With a market holding so many opportunities, I very much look forward to leading on the expansion of Kajima’s operations across Ireland."

Founded in 1999, Kajima Partnerships’ portfolio has almost doubled in size over the past decade, with a combined asset value in excess of £1bn.

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