Inspire Hertfordshire November 2021

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Engineering excellence


Engineering and infrastructure specialist KMG Partnership is quietly forging a strong presence in the Hertfordshire community.

KMG’s office is based in Abbots Langley, a historic village within Three Rivers district boundaries, from which it provides a wide range of professional services in the property and construction industries. Margarita Germanos, Director of Architecture at the company, says: “What’s interesting about the Three Rivers district is its geographical location and connectivity, with direct access to M25, M1 and A1. We can easily access many of our clients and consultants in the north of England and the south east. We can also serve clients in

Hertfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Bedfordshire; proximity to the capital attracts a lot of young professionals and families. “Village amenities and local shops add comfort to the charm of working in Abbots Langley. We’ve seen a lot of changes over the past 20 years, creating room for improvement and growth. “There are challenges, though. Growing the business within the district and the Hertfordshire county is an opportunity that’s still lacking. Currently all of our clients are outside Dacorum. We have one major client in the Dacorum Hemel area but we’d very much like to grow within the district.

“We’re also impacted by the issues facing our neighbouring districts, such as congestion and pollution, and the survival rate of start-up businesses is disheartening. The lack of integration between various social and race groups and a shortage of skills means that the majority of our staff must travel from afar. Reliance on cars for transport is also an issue as there are no bus links from the station to the village.” Margarita says that there are many reasons to enjoy doing business in the district. “There are key initiatives by Hertfordshire Council to revitalise and inject money into businesses and real estate development, which we certainly

believe is the right approach. However, as an architecture and engineering practice we welcome the creation of small to mediumsized network forums and other marketing opportunities where we can talk about our services and build connections with other like-minded businesses. “To survive in this day and age, we need to shift our focus to creating pathways for collaboration rather than competition. Better links to the railway station, and improving cycle routes to encourage staff to travel sustainably, will address some of the issues that impact on our business and will also benefit the environment.”

KMG partnership was formed in 1991 providing a

range of architectural and structural engineering services to private and public sector Clients. In 2017 the company became part of global engineering and environmental consultancy RSK. We operate in the commercial and industrial sectors, notable projects have been undertaken in the leisure, media, and entertainment industries. We also collaborate with other professionals on large projects providing support and expertise to their businesses. 32