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Our People: Konstantinos Milonidis.

03/03/2021

Supporting UK innovation across the ‘Arc’ region.

Konstantinos joined Hoare Lea in 2016, working out of our Cambridge office. Since 2020, he has been part of the Arc team, which is leading our work in this exciting new ‘region of innovation’.

I originally wanted…

… to pursue a career in the automotive industry. From the moment I got my driving licence, I wanted to take vehicles apart. I spent hours re-building them, swapping engines and I once fabricated my own kit car.

I went to the University in Newcastle and completed a degree in Mechanical Engineering and then a Master’s in Mathematical Modelling in Engineering and Industry.

While I was at university…

… I was working for Cambridge Maintenance looking after various buildings around London. It hadn’t struck me at that time that this would end up being my job! But I soon realised I enjoyed understanding how a building worked and I subsequentially chose to make a career out of it.

My most memorable project so far…

…is the Shared Facilities Hub. As it was the first of its kind, it was an incredibly exciting development that certainly kept us all on our toes. There was no set brief or specific end user, so we created an environment that was incredibly flexible and adaptable.

I am now focused on exciting new projects in the Arc…

…based at our new office. I’m looking forward to meeting like-minded people and companies in the region that share my passion for innovation and our firm’s vision for sustainable development in the region.

I’m proud to be part of this future-focused scheme that will bring new and challenging projects to UK soil.

Over the next 10 years the Arc will see…

…huge growth. Initially this will be workplace, research and manufacturing, but then it will move to additional housing for the influx of talent from around the world and all the additional amenities that come together to create a vibrant community.

The Arc will bring investment from abroad, bolstering the UK economy. It’s great I get to play a part in its story.

When I’m not working…

…I’m most likely in my garage working on my latest project. I currently have a 1972 Honda CB200, which I am converting into a café racer. I have stripped down and modified the frame, creating a completely different style.

This summer I also started working on a 1974 Wolseley Six. It was my late mother’s and holds a great deal of sentimental value. It has been stored away for the last 26 years and I’m now slowly bringing it back to its former glory.