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BAM considered a perfect fit for Edinburgh Airport

BAM Construction has been awarded a £10m contract to fit-out the new terminal extension at Edinburgh Airport.

Once complete the new three storey terminal building will provide expanded domestic and international arrival facilities including baggage reclaim, border control, additional food/beverage outlets, expanded lounge space and new office accommodation at Scotland’s busiest airport.

At the start of 2017 BAM was appointed to deliver the first phase of the terminal expansion project which forms part of a wider £80m investment in the airport.

Work on the project is already well underway with the new terminal building due to open in late 2018.

Bruce Dickson, regional director at BAM Construction, said: “This is an exciting and significant project and we are delighted to be part of the team delivering it.  All airport users will benefit from an enhanced travelling experience befitting Edinburgh’s standing as a global business and tourist destination.”

Ian Lang, capital director at Edinburgh Airport, added: “As Edinburgh Airport continues to grow it’s important we provide infrastructure that is fit for purpose and meets the needs of passengers and our airline partners whilst maintaining day to day operations. BAM Construction understand and share our focus on that and we are happy to extend that partnership as we further enhance passenger facilities at Scotland’s busiest airport.”

Employers urged to play their part as CITB steps in to help Carillion apprentices

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is calling on all former Carillion apprentices to get in contact so it can help them continue their training – and for employers to step forward to take them on.

The UK’s second-biggest builder, which employs 20,000 people in the UK and thousands in Scotland, entered liquidation on Monday after racking up debt and pensions burdens of around £1.5 billion.

CITB said it has worked with the Education and Skills Funding Agency (ESFA) to ensure funding is available so that it can continue to support the training for Carillion apprentices.

It has attempted contact with the 1400 apprentices, and hundreds have already been booked in for events being held across the country this week. CITB is offering every former Carillion apprentice a face-to-face session with CITB Apprenticeships to find out their individual learning needs. Many more need to be contacted so they can take up the career lifeline CITB is offering them through its offer of support.

The Carillion apprentices were primarily in bricklaying and carpentry and joinery – skills that the country vitally needs to build homes and solve our housing shortage.

For this reason, CITB is also calling on construction employers – particularly homebuilders, as many of the skills are applicable and in demand for that sector – to rally round and take on the former Carillion apprentices.

A hotline has been set up for both former Carillion apprentices to get in touch, and for construction employers who are interested in helping them.

The phone number is: 0344 994 4010 and there is also an email for people to contact CITB’s dedicated support team.

The apprentices were being trained in Carillion centres through England and Scotland, with some of the bigger centres based in Birmingham, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester, Sunderland, Sittingbourne and Southampton.

CITB hopes to start placing the first apprentices with new employers as early as next week as the construction sector looks to recover from the collapse of its second biggest firm.

Sarah Beale, chief executive of CITB, said: “We understand it’s a very worrying time for the young people who were on the Carillion apprenticeship programme, but we can help them restart their training and get their careers back on track if they get in touch with us. Our industry needs the skills these young people are developing and we want to help them find new employers and get their qualifications.

“Our industry, which has consistently reported skill shortages and difficulties in attracting apprentices, now needs to step up and support these young people who have so much to offer. There is certainly no shortage of work in construction, with housebuilding and infrastructure particularly strong, so these young people can have great careers despite this setback.

“At CITB, we are committed to doing everything we can to help the former Carillion apprentices, and hope to see many of them restarting their careers very soon.”

Scottish companies affected by the Carillion insolvency can call Scottish Enterprise on 0300 013 3385 or register their details here.

The redundancy helpline operated by Skills Development Scotland is 0800 917 8000, with help also available here.

Banks show support for SMEs affected by Carillion insolvency

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on banks to show leniency to the thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Carillion’s supply chain.

Finance and banking trade body UK Finance said this week that major banks are working closely with the UK government to limit the impact of the firm’s liquidation on SME firms.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “It’s absolutely critical that the banks give the innocent victims in Carillion’s supply chain as much leeway as possible in the short to medium term. We therefore welcome UK Finance’s announcement that lenders are putting in place emergency measures, including overdraft extensions, payment holidays and fee waivers, to ensure those facing issues relating to Carillion’s liquidation can stay on track.

“Leniency from the major banks will make all the difference to the thousands of firms in Carillion’s supply chain as to whether they survive its collapse, or follow suit. The construction industry is the cornerstone of the UK economy so it’s in all of our interests to do what we can to support these small companies and limit the domino effect that Carillion’s demise could have.”

The announcement comes after business secretary Greg Clark, economic secretary to the Treasury John Glen, and small business minister Andrew Griffiths, met banks yesterday to seek assurances that they will support small businesses affected by Carillion’s liquidation.

Banks represented at the meeting included Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds, RBS, Santander, Shawbrook and Aldermore. They were joined by the British Business Bank.

Following the meeting, Greg Clark MP said: “It is essential that small businesses exposed to the Carillion insolvency are given the support they need by their lenders.

“I chaired a meeting this morning of high street banks to ensure that they are in contact with customers impacted, that they have in place the advice and support needed and that any individual cases are escalated and dealt with sympathetically, swiftly and appropriately.

“I will continue to meet with them in the days and weeks ahead to ensure these commitments are being acted on.”

John Glen added: “I am pleased to see that the UK banks are taking such a constructive approach, proactively contacting affected customers, and taking the required steps to help those facing short term issues as a result of Carillion going into liquidation.”

Alongside this, HMRC has outlined the support being offered to those businesses contracted to Carillion that may be concerned about their ability to pay tax. HMRC are providing practical advice and guidance to those affected through its Business Payment Support Service (BPSS).

The Insolvency Service has also confirmed that they have contacted all of Carillion’s private sector service customers, such as those working in facilities and management, with over 90% stating they wish to continue with current arrangements. This will provide funding which enables the Official Receiver to retain the employees working on those contacts.

Separately, the Insolvency Service has confirmed that work has paused on construction sites, pending decisions as to how and if they will be restarted.

The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) said the emergency bank support must pave the way for a Carillion task force.

National chairman Mike Cherry said: “The emergency measures put in place by banks for customers hit by Carillion’s collapse will provide some respite at a desperate time for hundreds of small firms. Many hundreds more are still yet to feel the knock-on impacts of the giant’s demise. It’s critical that they also receive support in the months ahead.

“We now need to establish a Carillion task force dedicated to helping all affected small firms and workers to recover and get back on their feet. Following Rover’s collapse in 2005, I was involved in a similar initiative where we successfully supported suppliers and found new opportunities for all of the firm’s apprentices.

“This sorry saga has shown that the Government’s reliance on a small number of huge outsourcing firms poses a risk to the nation’s economic stability. As thing stand, our procurement regime is stacked against small firms. Providing small businesses and the self-employed with more opportunities to secure public contracts will mean less risk and better return for the taxpayer. At the very least we need to see the reinstatement of the target date for achieving 33% of all public sector procurement with smaller businesses, to 2020.”

Scottish companies affected by the Carillion insolvency can call Scottish Enterprise on 0300 013 3385 or register their details here.

The redundancy helpline operated by Skills Development Scotland is 0800 917 8000, with help also available here.

250-home retirement village planned for Newton Mearns

Plans have been submitted for a new ‘retirement village’ containing 252 homes and an 80-bed care home in Newton Mearns.

Situated off Netherplace Road, Newton Mearns Retirement Village has been conceived by Jewitt & Wilkie Architects on behalf of Newton Mearns Projects to cater exclusively for the over-55 market.

Under plans lodged with East Renfrewshire Council, the development will also feature a ‘multi-purpose village centre’ and full supporting facilities and amenities, with a new access road from Aurs Road at the former Dye Works on Netherplace Road.

A view of the proposed Village Centre

In the submission the developers state that the project “will create much needed sustainable, safe, secure and specific retirement residential accommodation within East Renfrewshire that has not been available to date”.

A similar development by Persimmon Homes was refused in 2015, after objections from the community, social health and care partnership and Glasgow Airport.

The previous application, which is not related to the current proposals, outlined plans for a 55-bed care home and 360 apartments in the retirement village.

The Community Health and Care Partnership (CHCP) said that there is no case for a care home in Newton Mearns, and that the developer has made assumptions about the area’s demographics.

Images courtesy of Jewitt & Wilkie Architects

Mast Architects submits plans for 186 homes on former Govanhill bus depot

Plans to build 186 affordable homes on the former site of a bus depot in Govanhill have been formally submitted to Glasgow City Council.

Designed by Mast Architects on behalf of Link Group and Park Lane Larkfield SPV, the project will see 152 flats and 34 houses developed on the former Larkfield bus depot.

The project will offer a mixture of one, two and three bedroom properties situated within a mix of both terraced houses and flatted blocks, including wheelchair adaptable properties, and will be available for mid-market rent.

There will also be two storey terraced housing in the northern part of the site. In addition, there will be four storey flats fronting Butterbiggins Road and to the east and centre of the site. All houses will have a dedicated parking space under the plans.

The bus depot closed in 2014 and was relocated to a new purpose built facility in nearby Cathcart Road.

The proposed residential development is situated on the eastern part of the site with separate proposals for a supermarket to the west currently being considered and an application for a terrace of small units to be submitted shortly.

Planning permission for a retail superstore, offices, a care home, community facilities and a cinema was previously granted for the site in 2012.

In a planning statement for the new application Link Group said: “It is well known that market conditions have changed in the period since 2012. In order to respond to this change in market conditions, the owner of the site is now promoting an alternative comprehensive development scheme.

“Residential development is proposed for eastern part. This will occupy the majority of the former bus depot. On the smaller, western part of the site, instead of the previously approved superstore, a smaller supermarket and restaurant is now proposed. The retail and restaurant developments will be the subject of separate planning applications.”

A decision is expected on the plans in May.

Images courtesy of Mast Architects

September opening date for Dundee’s £80m V&A museum

Architect Kengo Kuma during a visit to the V&A Museum last year

Dundee’s £80.1 million V&A Museum of Design will open its doors to the public for the first time on September 15, it was revealed today.

Designed by Kengo Kuma, the Japanese architect who also designed the Tokyo 2020 Olympic stadium, and being developed by BAM Construction, the project is only the second V&A museum anywhere outside of London.

Since construction started in April 2015, key milestones achieved include the completion of a coffer dam which enabled the foundation construction for the part of the building that will sit out over the Tay, groundworks on the former reclaimed dock site, piling for the ground source heating system and remodelling of the river wall.

Kengo Kuma visited the project in October, shortly after the removal of the coffer dam, as he saw his vision inspired by Scotland’s cliffs revealed for the first time.

The museum’s first visiting exhibition from the V&A London will be Ocean Liners: Speed and Style, which explores the design of some of the world’s most famous ships including The Titanic, Normandie, the Queen Mary and the Canberra.

Announcing the opening date this morning, V&A Dundee director, Philip Long, said: “After many years of planning for V&A Dundee, we are absolutely thrilled to announce the date of the new museum’s opening.

“In just eight months we will be opening the doors and welcoming our first visitors. V&A Dundee is set to be a vital new cultural organisation for Dundee, the UK and beyond, helping to change understanding of just how important design and creativity are to people’s lives. We are enormously grateful to all our supporters for helping to make this happen.

“V&A Dundee brings something new to Scotland. It is the country’s first museum dedicated to design, which visitors will be able to experience and get involved with in very many ways.

“Particularly important is that the new museum enables major V&A exhibitions to be seen more widely by more people across the UK.

“So I am especially excited that part of V&A Dundee’s opening programme will be the breath-taking exhibition Ocean Liners: Speed & Style, the first of many ambitious exhibitions at V&A Dundee that will show how our lives have been – and always will be – shaped by design.”

LAR Housing Trust completes record development deal

A housing charity which was set up two years ago to provide much needed mid market rental properties across Scotland has completed its biggest ever deal for a development in Edinburgh.

LAR Housing Trust has purchased Westwood House on the city’s Gorgie Road for an undisclosed sum.

The deal also marks LAR’s first project in the capital and its first conversion from a commercial building to residential.

Planning permission is expected imminently to convert the former office block into 47 flats. LAR chief executive, Ann Leslie, said: “We’re delighted to have secured this building. We have a number of developments in Mid and East Lothian, but this is the first in Edinburgh itself. It is a significant move for us and is the biggest deal we have completed both in terms of the number of properties on one site and in purely financial terms.”

The development will consist of 18 one bed, 27 two bed and two three bed flats. LAR will be looking to appoint a builder as soon as planning permission comes through with the aim of completing the project and welcoming the first tenants by summer 2019.

Ann Leslie added: “LAR is making a big impact on the housing market in Scotland with over 200 homes already occupied and a further 240 in construction – that equates to buying a new home every other day since we launched. There are still huge numbers of people who can’t afford the private rented sector nor have a realistic chance of being allocated social housing. We are filling a gap and will continue to seek new opportunities across Scotland going forward.”

New industrial units approved in Dundee

A former industrial site in Dundee’s Coldside area is set for a new lease of life after plan for new industrial units were given the green light.

Dundee City Council planners have given permission to Dundee Industrial Association (DIA) to build 34 general industrial units at 46–48 Loons Road.

Lynne Short, convener of Dundee City Council’s city development committee, said: “Dundee Industrial Association plays an important role in the city adding to the mix, availability and affordability of business units for a wide variety of enterprises.

“DIA was set up in 1983 to help local enterprises, start- up firms and individuals by providing business properties with flexible lease terms not normally provided by commercial undertakings and this approval will help them to continue to deliver that work.”

As well as ensuring that any land contamination is identified and dealt with, planners have imposed a number of other conditions to ensure that disturbance to neighbours is kept to a minimum and traffic can safely enter and exit the site.

Will Dawson, convener of the city’s planning committee, added: “This site, which was formerly North Tay Works, has been used for industrial purposes for many years so it is important that the conditions we have imposed to investigate and clean up any contamination are met.”

As part of the development the council has said that electric car charging points should be provided. Details of how many and where they will be located should be approved before the development opens.

How two housing projects are transforming communities in Glasgow

Representatives from ENGIE and the Wheatley Group with volunteers at Fun Stars, children and staff at Ibrox Primary School and the manager of The Coming Home Veterans Group

More than £18,000 has been invested into nine community enterprises as part of two major regeneration projects in Glasgow.

ENGIE (formerly Keepmoat Regeneration) has been appointed by GHA to deliver new affordable housing in Milton and Ibrox where there is an obvious need to provide practical support for local social enterprises, third sector organisations, community groups, volunteers and charities.

In Milton, ENGIE is delivering a £6.1 million project on Cathay Street, which will provide 54 new affordable homes for GHA. Local groups benefiting from ENGIE’s community investment include Ashgill Recreation Centre (£2,000), Castlebay Tenants Halls (£1,500), Milton Bank Primary School (£1,900), Love Milton (£1,500) and Lambhill Stables (£1,500).

Across the City at Ibrox, ENGIE is also delivering a £7.2m project providing 65 new flats for affordable and mid-market rental for GHA/Lowther Homes at the base of the iconic Ibroxholm Oval multi-storey block at the head of Edmiston Drive. Through its work in the local community, ENGIE has been able to invest in further worthy causes such as Clyde Community Hall (£5,200), Fun Stars (£1,000), Coming Home Veterans Group (£2,000) and Ibrox primary school (£2,200).

Representatives from ENGIE and the Wheatley Group with children and teachers at Milton Bank Primary School

The work and investment undertaken in Ibrox is particularly welcome in the run up to the finalisation of plans for the Ibrox/East Transformational Regeneration Area, a strategic investment and regeneration priority for Transforming Communities: Glasgow.

Alan Burton, divisional construction director for ENGIE, said: “Our passion is building and connecting strong communities and our work with GHA and Lowther Homes provides an opportunity to positively support the community and neighbourhood organisations in the areas that we are working.

“Adding social value and investing in communities is one of our key drivers which we deliver through a dedicated local management team that is always looking at opportunities to support local businesses, enterprises, groups, individuals and charities. Each beneficiary in Milton and Ibrox was thoroughly deserving of investment and we hope our modest contribution goes some way to meeting the needs and aspirations of these local communities.”

Construction work on Cathay Street is due to complete in July 2018; while Ibrox is scheduled for completion in September 2018.

Building Briefs – January 18th

Mark Rafferty, managing director at Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes Ltd (third from left) collects the Transport News award for Scotland’s Top Training Operator 2018 from Vito Ronzano, managing director of category sponsor Wilcox. Also present are event compares and TV personalities, Des Clarke and Mary Rhodes

Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes wins top industry training award

Edinburgh-based Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes Ltd has lifted the award for ‘Scotland’s Top Training Operator of the Year, 2018’ at the annual Transport News Scottish Rewards presentation ceremony.

The event was held late last November and the popular breakfast celebration attracted 600 road haulage industry guests, who filled the banqueting suite at Glasgow’s Crowne Plaza Hotel. The judges were impressed at Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes’ determination to form its own in-house training department, when faced with challenges recruiting experienced personnel.

Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes Ltd has utilised its established in-house training department to produce a structured career path for prospective mobile crane driver.

Since 2014, the company has put six staff members through its crane drivers’ academy, which in some cases can see staff starting from scratch by gaining private car or HGV driving licences. The professional crane drivers and operator’s qualification programme is regulated by the Construction Plant Competence Scheme.

A continuous policy of investing in new technology and crane types has also required experienced staff at Bernard Hunter Mobile Cranes Ltd to progress their training and skills sets, to keep pace with the latest crane fleet arrivals. Two examples of this ethos are the firm’s innovative Spierings Mobile Tower Cranes and a truck based, Bocker crane. The latter is based on a 26-tonne chassis and is the first of its type operated in Scotland.


Demolition work starts at Glasgow Queen Street Station

Demolition work is underway to clear space for the new Glasgow Queen Street station.

Balfour Beatty has started levelling Consort House and the adjoining Millennium Hotel extension to make way for the new station frontage, concourse and entrances as well as new longer platforms as part of the station’s redevelopment.

Over the coming months, three specialist light-weight excavators will break up the building’s reinforced concrete and steel frame floor-by-floor. Protective scaffolding erected around Consort House will limit any dust and noise pollution escaping into the surrounding city.

Once finished, the redevelopment project will give passengers an expanded concourse with increased capacity and circulation space, improved customer facilities and a contemporary and distinctive building both internally and externally.


Hillcrest unveils flats plan for Dundee city centre

Plans have been revealed to build a block of flats on the site of a car park and derelict land in Dundee city centre.

Hillcrest Housing Association is proposing to build a four-storey block containing a total of 24 homes for social rent at Candle Lane.

The plans, drawn up by Jon Frullani Architect, were submitted to Dundee City Council for consideration this week on behalf of Hillcrest and Murrayfield Developments.

Mr Frullani told The Courier the scheme would provide much-needed accommodation.


CH2M Hill UK wins Musselburgh flood protection scheme contract

CH2M Hill UK has won a £974,500 contract to provide consultancy services for the design of a flood protection scheme in Musselburgh, East Lothian.

A Local Flood Risk Management Plan approved by the council in 2016 identified a number of measures required to mitigate possible flood concerns in areas of East Lothian.

The Musselburgh Flood Protection Scheme is included in the Local Flood Risk Management Plan. The Scottish Government will contribute 80% of costs towards the development.


RICS: Rising expectations for Scottish housing market

Expectations for the Scottish housing market are improving as more potential buyers are becoming active, the latest Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) Residential Market Survey suggests.

The overall UK housing market continued to display a lack of momentum in December, with buyer interest edging lower and surveyors displaying a lack of conviction surrounding the near-term outlook for prices.

By contrast, the Scottish market saw new buyer enquiries pick up in December and the headline price balance remain firmly positive. Expectations for prices and sales in Scotland also picked up looking three months ahead, and are firmly positive on a 12-month horizon.

Indeed, the 12-month sales expectations indicator is now higher in Scotland than in all UK regions other than the North West of England.

The supply of properties coming to the market remains a key concern for Scottish surveyors however, with the survey’s indicator for vendor instructions to sell remaining in negative territory for the ninth consecutive month. Though at -2% it is only marginally negative and has eased from -21% the month before.


Annual Edinburgh office space take-up surpasses 1millon sq ft for first time since 2004

2 Semple Street

Edinburgh has surpassed the 1,000,000 sq ft take-up mark for the first time since 2004, with 1,138,500 sq ft of office space transactions across the four quarters of 2017, according to the latest research from CBRE Scotland.

The 2017 take-up reported was also higher than the previous 5-year total of 808,833 sq ft, with large pre-lets including the GPU relocation at New Waverley (186,500 sq ft) and State Street Bank (65,628 sq ft) at Quartermile 3 contributing significantly. Further pre-lets include Standard Life Aberdeen taking 69,000 sq ft at 10 George Street and Computershare leasing 41,395 sq ft at Four North.

Despite the strengthening demand in take-up, supply remains at a critically low level, with only one development scheme to complete in 2018: GSS Development’s 2 Semple Street.  Completing in July 2018, it will provide 38,648 sq ft of first class Grade A office accommodation in a prime city centre location.

Edinburgh is part of the 2017 Big 4 Club: four cities reporting over 1,000,000 sq ft of take-up. The other members are Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham, breaking the mark for the first time in recorded history. All four regions take-up figures include GPU deals, with the largest UK GPU deal totalling 380,000 sq ft at Wellington Place in Leeds.


Savills: Investment in Scottish hotels in 2017 marks 60% increase year-on-year

Investment in Scottish hotels in 2017 reached £195 million across 23 deals, marking more than a 60% increase on the total investment volume recorded the year previously (£119.74m), according to Savills research.

In terms of geography, the firm reports Edinburgh saw the highest volume of hotel investment in the year of all the Scottish cities, accounting for 64% of all Scottish transactions totalling more than £117m, a 58% increase on 2016 volumes. The strong activity places Edinburgh ahead of both Birmingham and Liverpool to become the second largest target city outside of London in 2017, in terms of hotel investment volumes, after Manchester. Investment into Glasgow in 2017 more than doubled – rising from £16.8m in 2016 to £35.79m, says the firm, while both Dundee and Aberdeen saw encouraging increased year on year investment volumes (totalling £5.5m and £5.7m, respectively).

The level of interest in Scottish hotels highlights a wider national trend that sees the asset class at the top of the investor’s wish list, says Savills, with strong appetite amongst both domestic and overseas sources. According to the firm’s research investment into the UK hotel market reached £5.4 billion across 219 deals in 2017. This total represents an increase of 32% from 2016, in which levels totalled £4.1bn and is 51% above the 10 year average of £3.6bn.


Residents invited to submit views on Arbroath flood protection scheme

Residents are being invited to submit their views over a flood protection scheme in Angus.

The Arbroath (Brothock Water) Flood Protection Scheme has been developed to reduce the threat of flooding to 530 people and provide a one in 200 year standard of protection.

The project will include three flood storage areas being built at Brothock Meadows, St Vigeans and Hercules Den, using embankments and flow controls to retain flood water above the natural ground level. In addition, enhanced defences will be developed including a combination of new flood walls where there are no flood defences, or where existing defences are in poor condition, while existing walls will be raised and minor remedial works will be carried out to existing walls.

Previous discussions on the proposals has been shared with project designers and influenced adaptations to the scheme. However, the planned publication of the scheme this month has been deferred until the spring to allow more people to offer their views, in particular those whose land is affected by the development.


Repair works to be carried out at Nairn Harbour

Repair works are to begin at Nairn Harbour in the Highlands.

Funding for the works has been approved by Highland Council’s Capital Board after the harbour wall collapsed during storms in December.

Money which had been included in an approved capital budget for harbours is being allocated to proceed with the necessary repairs. The council is responsible for health and safety related works or more significant structural and emergency works to the 100 harbours across the Highlands.


85% increase in Aberdeen office space take-up

The Silver Fin Building in Aberdeen

According to the latest figures from property consultancy CBRE Scotland, take-up of office space in Aberdeen in 2017 has been recorded at 405,000 sq ft, representing an 85% increase from 2016.

Derren McRae, managing director of CBRE’s Aberdeen office, said:  “There certainly appears to be an improved level of positivity since returning to our desks this January when comparing market sentiment at the start of recent years in the city.  Undoubtedly the increased office take-up levels over 2017 are a factor in this, coupled with the steady improvement in oil price which is encouragingly hovering around the $70 per barrel mark.

“Looking back on 2017, the two headline transactions were, Total relocating from Altens to acquire a surplus 138,000 sq ft Subsea 7 building at Westhill, and Chrysaor taking the majority share at The Capitol with 48,000 sq ft across four floors.  Both lettings are testament to infrastructure improvements and recent speculative commercial development.

“The Chrysaor move from Altens to The Capitol shows a positive commitment to both Union Street and the city centre – this is the first time a large oil operator has moved staff from an out of town location back in to the city centre.

“However with the AWPR nearing completion, we are seeing occupiers being prepared to relocate a significant distance to alternative locations of the city for better quality office accommodation, when previously there would have been major resistance to move from one out of town location to another.”


CMS staff help deliver a special Christmas for hundreds of families in Fife

(from left) Councillor Jim Leishman (Provost of Fife), former Prime Minister Gordon Brown, CMS Window Systems PVC contracts director Craig Reid, and Cottage Family Centre director Wilma Brown

More than 950 children and their families who live in some of the most disadvantaged areas of Fife were able to enjoy Christmas like everyone else thanks to an appeal by charity The Cottage Family Centre, supported by a team of volunteers including staff from CMS Window Systems.

The 2017 Christmas Appeal received generous donations from people and businesses across Fife which were collected and organised into hundreds of food crates and bags of new toys, children’s clothing and other gifts for delivery to families who struggle to make ends meet, ensuring Christmas could be enjoyed by all families in Kirkcaldy and the surrounding areas.

Key to the success of this huge logistical and distribution operation were the volunteers who sorted and planned deliveries, the storage space and the vans to get crates and bags to families, on one single day just before Christmas.

As with previous Christmas appeals, CMS Window Systems played a key role here. In addition to providing warehousing space at its Kirkcaldy site and vans from its fleet, staff from the company joined an army of volunteers, including former Prime Minister Gordon Brown and his wife Sarah, to provide essential hands-on support.

CMS has supported The Cottage Family Centre charity for many years in its work to aid families and individuals who are vulnerable to social exclusion as a result of factors such as poverty, low paid employment, poor housing, relationship breakdown, drug and alcohol problems and health related issues.