Local Authority team first for building accolade

The team also provides guidance on schemes run by schools and others, offering advice on the day-to-day logistics of a building project.

The Chartered Building Consultancy status recognises the team’s expertise and its commitment to provide an efficient and professional service. It will offer increased opportunities to further improve developments within Kent and the delivery of the buildings and facilities provided for local residents.

CIOB Chief Executive Chris Blythe said: "It was a great pleasure to present this award to Kent County Council. It’s clear that KCC recognises the professionals within its organisation and I hope the consultancy status offers the team many opportunities in the future."

KCC Leader Paul Carter said: "Twelve years ago, we said we wanted a first class service for all our property portfolio. It has been an exciting journey over that time and this recognition from the CIOB makes that all worthwhile."

KCC Capital Projects team consists of 25 staff and includes architects, civil engineers and surveyors.

Kent County Council is one of the largest property owners and developers in the county. The portfolio has more than 1,400 properties, including schools, day centres, offices, libraries, youth and community centres and country parks.

This has an approximate value of £1.3billion and associated running costs of around £74million per annum.

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