Skanska officially marked the opening of its new Midlands-region office in Birmingham, England, on Nov. 28 with a ceremony officiated by executive vice president Paul Chandler, and the leader of the Birmingham City Council Mike Whitby.

Chandler says, “We have a wealth of experience of working in the Midlands area, predominantly in the public sector. There are a number of potential private sector opportunities in this region, and we know the in-house skills and experience we have built up, particularly in the London commercial market, places us in a good position to successfully deliver projects in other UK locations. To do this, it is important that we understand the market and our clients. The opening of our Birmingham office is our commitment to the area.”

Whitby comments, “Skanska’s decision to open an office in Birmingham is testimony to the city’s drive to provide the property industry with clarity on the opportunities available for development over the next 20 years through its Big City Plan. By engaging with the industry, and demonstrating how the city’s attributes – such as its transport network, skilled workforce and supportive business community – will help the company achieve real growth, we have attracted one of the world’s leading construction and development groups to Birmingham. We look forward to working with the team at Skanska to develop their presence in Birmingham.”