Kier has expanded the senior management team at its building maintenance division as part of a strategy to double turnover by 2009.

Kier Building Maintenance (KBM), part of Kier Support Services, aims to hit a £400m turnover in the next two years and has recruited staff for nine new posts. Among these is Tim Taylor, previously finance director of Vinci Park UK; he will be finance director for KBM South; Michael Williams, formerly head of operations at Worcester Community Housing, will be executive director of KBM Midlands. Rob Rosborough, a former bid director for utilities contractor Enterprise, was made commercial director of KBM North, and John Quirk, formerly a regional director of repairs and maintenance contractor Mears, is operations director for the North-west.

John Bradley, managing director of KBM, said: “With the prospect of major awards in the pipeline, we’re strengthening our resources in the South, Midlands and northern England to meet increasing demand.”

KBM was formed five years ago, and now employs about 4,500 people. It recently won a £125m five-year contract in Harrow to repair and maintain 6,000 council buildings, including houses and schools.

It is also working on a £170m seven-year deal for Harlow council, an £86m contract with Hull council and is about to begin a £62m contract upgrading council properties for One Vision Housing in Merseyside.