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City Building discloses diversity performance in landmark report

(front from left) Jane Gotts, director, GenAnalytics; Alan Burns, depute director, City Building; Cllr Susan Aitken, Glasgow City Council leader and Cllr Greg Hepburn, chair of City Building join City Building apprentices

A landmark report produced to assist City Building’s diversity drive has found that almost half of its employees come from geographical areas identified as being the three most deprived in Scotland.

According to the study, which the first of its kind for the construction industry in Scotland, 49% of the construction firm’s workforce comes from postcodes contained within the top three areas of the Social Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD). Almost a quarter of staff – 24% – are from the most impoverished postcodes which are ranked as SIMD 1 by the index.

Reporting every three years, SIMD ranks geographical areas in Scotland based on their relative level of deprivation, using measures such as health, crime and employment.

With City Building employees earning an average of £27,805, their salaries are helping to reduce income poverty in these areas.

Reflecting the traditional gender disparity in the construction sector, the report found that 10% of City Building’s workforce are women, which is in line with the wider industry figure of 11%.

However, the analysis also found that the Glasgow construction firm employs 16 times more females (32%) in craft trade roles than the industry average (2%) while its senior management team is 50% female. The mean gender pay gap is 3.6% compared with a Scottish average of 16%.

Second year joiner Kayleigh Finnigan and Cllr Susan Aitken

The report, conducted by Glasgow researchers GenAnalytics, examined City Building’s workforce diversity to provide a benchmark against which the organisation’s future performance can be measured. The construction firm, which was founded in 2006, is underpinned by a unique social ethos which aims to create training and job opportunities for a wide range of people including minority and other under-represented groups.

Amongst the key findings of the report are:

  • Over half – 56% – of employees have been working at City Building for more than 10 years
  • The average salary at City Building is £27,805 compared with the average Scottish salary of £22,918.
  • Apprentices account for 13% of the total workforce
  • Nine% of City Building’s apprentices are female compared with 2% of Modern Apprentice starts in the Scottish construction sector last year
  • Ninety-nine% of all apprentices are from Glasgow with 38% coming from the most deprived areas in Scotland.

The research showed that overall City Building’s workforce ethnic diversity is below the UK average at 2% compared with 6% for the wider industry, but according to the analysis progress is being made amongst younger employees with 4% of apprentices coming from an ethnic minority background compared with 2% of apprentices across Scotland.

Masrour Kareen, a third year joiner, with Cllr Susan Aitken

Jane Gotts, director of GenAnalytics, said: “This is an insightful and significant piece of research undertaken by City Building. The organisation should rightly be applauded for seeking to analyse and further understand its performance across a range of diversity measures.

“This research enables City Building to establish baselines to measure progress moving forward and build on the many positive findings from their existing efforts to support a diverse and inclusive workforce.”

Launching the report, Cllr Susan Aitken, leader of Glasgow City Council, said: “Improving diversity is key to achieving greater equality and fairness. It is also crucial to the success of Glasgow’s businesses, economy and society as we seek to deliver innovation and growth.

“This new report from GenAnalytics shows how City Building is leading the way when it comes to supporting and improving greater diversity and equality. Its socially inclusive approach is creating a bright future for a wide range of people, including young men and women from some of our most deprived communities, and is supporting the city’s ambitions to thrive and grow.

“I hope it inspires other businesses to embrace diversity and help deliver access and opportunity for all.”

City Building celebrates Glasgow’s young tradespeople

The next generation of Glasgow’s construction force have been recognised by their employer City Building at the firm’s annual Apprentice Awards.

More than 80 young men and women were under the spotlight after being shortlisted for achievements in roles such as electrical, joinery, painting and decorating, gas engineering and administration.

Held in the City Chambers on 29 May, Glasgow’s young tradespeople were honoured by senior management teams at City Building, as well as Board members, friends and family members.

One of the night’s biggest successes was Lisa Murphy (21) who was crowned City Building Apprentice of The Year. A two-time winner of the prestigious industry award Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year, she is a rising star of her profession.

Now in the final year of her apprenticeship, Lisa will be taking on a full-time role at City Building.

She said: “There are so many talented young people working within the organisation, which makes the title of Apprentice of the Year even more special. I’ve had an incredible journey over the last four years, and my apprenticeship with City Building has opened the door to so many opportunities.”

In addition to technical skills, many apprentices were praised for their compassion and kind-heartedness. While working in the home of a 91-year old tenant, third-year electrical apprentice Craig Sideserf went above and beyond to ensure the woman was comfortable.

While she was initially apprehensive about having people in her house, Craig immediately made her feel relaxed, taking time to fix her CD player and even getting up to dance with her.

Derek Main, City Building supervisor, said: “I was blown away watching this 19-year-old calm the tenant. Not only did he treat her with respect, he brought delight to her day and I will never forget how her face lit up.”

At the event, City Building also announced nominations for its first ever Peer Awards – a new category that allows apprentices to nominate their fellow colleagues. A total of six Peer Awards were handed out to Paul Thomson (1st year plumber), Chloe Sinclair (2nd year administrator apprentice), Chloe McPhail (2nd year administrator apprentice), Shareece Wallace (2nd year painter and decorator), Amy Doyle (4th year painter and decorator) and Patrick Quinn (4th year electrician).

City Building currently trains more than 320 individuals across various construction trades. Since 2006 the firm has provided 1,102 apprenticeships, with 70% going on to retain full time employment at City Building.

Dr. Graham Paterson, executive director, said: “As Scotland’s largest employer of apprentices, we have a duty to ensure those coming through our training programme are given the right tools to succeed.

“City Building has such a strong calibre of young people working across the company, and the awards ceremony allows us to recognise all the great work being carried out.

“As a company, our success is rooted in its people, and with so many hardworking, talented and good-hearted youngsters within the organisation, the future certainly looks bright for City Building.”

City Building sees double after winning second Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development

(from left) Apprentices Cameron Moir, Pheobe Ali, Dylan Trewavasm, Linzi Wylie & Martin McGarvey

City Building is celebrating after winning the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development for a second time.

The Glasgow construction firm’s successful bid was announced on Saturday 21 April, which is designated as the Queen’s Official Birthday. It previously won the Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development in 2012.

The Queen’s Awards for Enterprise recognise and celebrate business excellence in the fields of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity (through social mobility). They are UK’s most prestigious business awards and are regarded as the pinnacle of business achievement.

City Building apprentice Andrew Weir at work on Pollok House

Established in 2006, City Building has grown to become one of Scotland’s largest construction firms, employing over 2,200 staff and providing a wide range of construction, maintenance and manufacturing services.

The organisation was recognised for its unique social ethos which includes providing sustainable employment for a diverse range of people including those with disabilities and other under-represented groups.

The company’s socially responsible approach also underpins its business operations, ranging from its procurement processes, which aim to support local or sustainable organisations, to its waste management. The business has reduced its waste by 10% over the past five years. Of the remaining waste, 93% is re-used or recycled and further methods to divert waste from landfill are being developed. Meanwhile, the firm has cut its electricity and water consumption by 18% and 15% respectively since 2012.

Councillor Greg Hepburn, chair of City Building (Contracts), said: “It is a huge honour to receive our second Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development. As well as being a major boost for our workforce, it is also fantastic for our customers, our suppliers and the communities in which we work and serve.

“This award shows that we are leading the way in the construction industry and will put the company in a strong position to develop and grow.”

City Building’s youth employment strategy was also crucial to its success. The Glasgow firm operates Scotland’s largest apprentice programme, with a completion rate of 94% compared to an industry average of 75%. It employs 20% of all female craft apprentices in Scotland.

Gordon Sloan, chair of City Building (Glasgow), added: “By putting sustainability at the heart of its operations, City Building is helping to deliver stronger and safer communities. Its unique approach is also creating employment opportunities that will enable Glasgow to thrive.”

City Building constructs bright future for women

Siobhan Logue at the inaugural Herald Diversity Conference in May last year

With City Building making great strides in attracting women into the industry and helping them to progress, SCN catches up with four of its brightest employees who are each taking their opportunities to blaze their own trail in the sector.

Historically, craft trades have been male-dominated but Glasgow construction firm City Building has made strong progress in attracting more women as part of plans to improve diversity across the business.

The company employs 20% of all female craft apprentices in Scotland and 55% of its senior management are women.

Among the success stories is contracts manager Natalie McPherson, 34, who joined City Building over 16 years ago as an apprentice painter and decorator. Natalie, who now manages multiple projects on behalf of client Glasgow City Council, entered the industry after undertaking a six-week City Building ‘taster’ course at school.

Natalie McPherson

Her potential was recognised during the course and she was encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship. “I loved painting and decorating,” she said. “I had always been hands on, so construction was the ideal job for me.”

After completing her apprenticeship Natalie quickly moved into management, becoming an operations manager in charge of high profile projects including the £2.5 million refurbishment of Lorne Street Primary School in Govan, a Category B listed building. “It was great because it involved liaising with Historic Scotland and working closely with an architect,” Natalie said.

Siobhan Logue

Also making her mark in management at City Building is Siobhan Logue, 26. Site manager Siobhan started out as an apprentice plumber in September 2008. “I’m not going to lie,” she said, “the reason I chose to go into plumbing was that it was the highest paid trade.”

Siobhan joined City Building in September 2008 after completing a six-month National Certificate course as a school leaver. After attaining tradesperson status four years later she was earning a good salary but took a pay cut to become a trainee manager. “I wanted to work my way up and I knew I had the experience to build good relationships and make them work,” she said.

Now managing the £2m refurbishment of Cuthbertson Street Primary School she is relishing the challenges of being a manager. “It can be difficult as there are 400 pupils at Cuthbertson Street and we have to work round that, but I’ve got a great team. I do the office work, which is all the planning and management, and the guys on the job respect that.”

Phoebe Ali

Second year apprentice Phoebe Ali, 18, also chose the plumbing route. Currently working in the gas section of City Building, she became interested in plumbing after receiving support from a female technical studies teacher to apply for an apprenticeship through the Glasgow Guarantee scheme. The £50m programme is a legacy of the Commonwealth Games and assists young people into employment or training.

Phoebe said: “I knew from the age of 14 that I wanted to work in the construction industry. My uncle in England had his own construction firm and I can remember picking up his tools and playing with them when I was little. It also offered secure employment without going to university, which I didn’t want to do.”

The teenager, who was last year named Glasgow Guarantee Apprentice of the Year, is currently installing boilers in housing association properties and was previously part of a team fitting new kitchens and bathrooms.

She also regularly attends to school events to promote the construction industry to young women – including a session at her own alma mater, Rosshall Academy.

“Girls are put off by not having experience, and working with so many guys can be a bit intimidating but it is mind over matter,” she said. “If you don’t want to be behind a desk, it is a great career option.”

Lisa Murphy

Fourth year apprentice painter and decorator Lisa Murphy is another City Building award-winner. As well as being named Trades House Apprentice of the Year in 2015 she won the Scottish heat of the UK-wide Johnstone’s Young Painter of the Year in 2016 before going on to take first place nationally in 2017.

Lisa, 21, was inspired to take up painting and decorating after completing an interior design project as part of her Higher Art course. She also says her late grandfather was an influence

“I didn’t want to go down the university route as I preferred working with my hands. Having a grandfather, who was a painter and decorator, probably influenced me too. He helped me a lot in the first year of my apprenticeship.”

Lisa Murphy

The project Lisa enjoyed most was helping to build the set of the Hello My Name is Paul Smith exhibition in 2016 at The Lighthouse in Glasgow. “It was really detailed work – not like painting a house,” she explained.

“I love my job but now that I’ve been on building sites, I see my future as being in construction management. I’d like to do a Higher National Certificate and move up through the company doing stuff that I enjoy.”

Natalie added: “Sometimes as a woman on the job you need to prove yourself, but when the guys see you can do the job you gain their respect.  I’d say to any other women considering construction to give it a try. I definitely wouldn’t want to do anything else.”

Catch up with the rest of Scottish Construction Now’s International Women’s Day feature here.

City Building celebrates golden year with multiple awards

Young Decorator of the Year Lisa Murphy at work

Glasgow-based City Building is ending the year on a high following a flurry of awards recognising the construction firm’s unique approach to corporate responsibility and diversity.

The company gained a total of seven accolades throughout 2017, including Diversity Star Performer and Recruitment of Talents and Youth at The Herald’s Diversity Awards, HR NETWORK’s Corporate Responsibility of the Year and Best Employer of the Year, and Glasgow’s Fairest Employer by the Glasgow Guarantee.

After coming to the rescue of endangered water voles living on a site in Easterhouse, and constructing roof-top habitats for the local swift population in Partick, City Building was also celebrated for its environmental work, walking away with the Green Champion Award at the Glasgow Business Awards.

City Building employees picked up a further four awards for individual abilities, including the UK’s Young Decorator of the Year which was won this month by apprentice Lisa Murphy at Johnstone’s Painter of the Year of Awards.

With its trophy cabinet busier than ever, the year marks one of the most successful for City Building.

Employing 20% of all female craft apprenticeships in Scotland and having women in 37% of all senior management roles, City Building is one of the country’s most diverse organisations.

Through its manufacturing division, Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi) it also supports jobs for more than 120 people with disabilities, including those with learning disabilities, hearing and visual impairments, as well as creating employment opportunities for army veterans at its windows factory.

Outside of the workplace, City Building has continued to positively engage with Glasgow communities, raising more than £14,000 for local organisations throughout the year. Apprentices have also been lending a helping hand to local groups. Projects carried out by apprentices include redecorating the Glasgow Marie Curie Hospice free of charge, creating learning spaces in local schools and volunteering at foodbanks and Glasgow Life libraries, where they teach children to read.

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director at City Building, said: “This past year has been monumental for City Building, with our achievements including the launch of our new venture with Glasgow City Council and Wheatley Group and a strong set of financial results which saw us return more than £9m to Glasgow City Council.

“These successes are testament to the core values which drive City Building forward, as well as the outstanding talent and hard work of our many employees.

“Securing employment opportunities for people from diverse backgrounds, encouraging our staff to take a role in protecting the environment and positively impacting the communities of Glasgow are central objectives which support our commercial strategies and it is fantastic to be recognised for these attributes.

“I am extremely proud of the direction the firm is taking and hopefully 2018 will yield further successes.”

In addition to winning a total of 11 awards at a company and individual levels, City Building was deemed a finalist in a further nine categories.

City Building welcomes 60 new apprentices

The new apprentices with City Building (Glasgow) chair Gordon Sloan and Councillor Greg Hepburn

The new apprentices with City Building (Glasgow) chair Gordon Sloan and Councillor Greg Hepburn

City Building has welcomed a flurry of new recruits, as more than 60 modern apprentices join the construction firm.

The diverse group, which includes four women, care leavers and a number of people from surrounding BME communities, were greeted by City Building’s boards of directors following an induction at Queenslie Training Centre yesterday.

In addition to promoting opportunities in the construction sector amongst young people from diverse backgrounds, City Building is helping two best friends and two brothers take their first steps on the career ladder.

Best friends Adam Caddell and Cameron Barrett (both 17) met on the football pitch aged eight. After attending secondary school together, the pair became inseparable and will now join the same carpentry and joinery apprentice course.

Apprentices Adam Caddell and Cameron Barrett with Councillor Greg Hepburn

Apprentices Adam Caddell and Cameron Barrett with Councillor Greg Hepburn

Adam and Cameron will be joined in the Joinery Programme by brothers Lewis (16) and Fraser Scott (19) who were both recruited with support from Wheatley Group which now jointly owns City Building (Glasgow).

While Lewis has entered the training programme straight from school, Fraser already has a taste for working life having spent the past few years in retail. Both brothers will now be taking on this new challenge together.

The boys are one of the first to join City Building as apprentices since Wheatley Group became a joint owner of City Building (Glasgow) in March 2017. The organisation has since strengthened its apprentice programme, which is already one of the most successful of its kind in Scotland. It has developed new training resources and is attracting school leavers through various channels including Glasgow City Council’s Glasgow Guarantee Initiative and the Wheatley Foundation, Wheatley Group’s charitable trust.

City Building offers apprenticeships in a variety of disciplines, including electrical engineering, joinery, painting and decorating, plumbing and carpentry. It achieves a pass out rate of 94% – almost a third higher than the sector average.

Apprentices Fraser and Lewis Scott

Apprentices Fraser and Lewis Scott

Gordon Sloan, chair of City Building (Glasgow), said: “With around 245 apprentices already on the payroll City Building offers excellent employment opportunities and helps construct bright futures for young men and women pursuing a career in construction. Joining forces with Wheatley Group has only worked to strengthen the opportunities we offer across Glasgow.

“Many of these new recruits will go on to deliver vital work across the city, including in maintenance and repairs services. By investing in the next generation of tradespeople, we are strengthening our commitment to the hundreds of tenants who rely on us and ensure that we are effectively equipped to meet their needs.”

Councillor Greg Hepburn from Glasgow City Council said: “City Building plays an important role in furthering the education and training of Glasgow’s young tradespeople.

“As one of the country’s largest construction firms, it has developed very successful apprentice programme which sees almost all students leave with the relevant qualifications.

“It also continues to demonstrate a strong commitment to furthering diversity within the industry, employing almost 20% of all female craft apprenticeships in Scotland, and it is fantastic to see that this year’s intake is once again representative of the many different faces of society.”

City Building gets the green light at awards ceremony

(from left) Event host Fred MacAulay with City Building senior environmental officer Myra Conn and Michelle Nicol, senior manager – business marketing at ScottishPower

(from left) Event host Fred MacAulay with City Building senior environmental officer Myra Conn and Michelle Nicol, senior manager – business marketing at ScottishPower

City Building LLP has been recognised for its achievements in environmental innovation at this year’s Glasgow Business Awards.

The Environmental Team won the 2017 Green Champion Award, which is sponsored by ScottishPower, after impressing the panel with their unique green credentials for a business in the construction sector.

The enterprise has been credited for establishing a sustainable recycling and waste practice and environmental management training strategy for site workers, which aims to ensure its green practices are continuously prioritised. Other innovative work from the team includes their work to protect ecosystems and habitats of animals such as birds, otters and bats that staff often encounter whilst working on site.

The team are one of the only construction companies in Scotland to be awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

Dr. Graham Paterson, executive director at City Building, said: “To be presented with the Green Champion award is fantastic news for the Environmental Team who work incredibly hard to help the business be as environmentally conscious as possible. It’s important for us to be sustainable in our work and we’ve managed to create both a practice and culture in the company that has led to us being awarded this accolade.”

Michelle Nicol, senior manager – business marketing at ScottishPower, said: “The Environmental Team at City Building completely blew us away with how much focus they have put into working with the environment in mind, whilst not forgetting about the importance of energy efficient technology in their buildings.

“Each entry this year was extremely impressive, but the initiative shown by City Building to position themselves at the forefront of innovation and sustainability is second to none and provides a fantastic example for other companies to follow.”

The Glasgow Business Awards were held by the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce earlier this month at the Glasgow Hilton.

City Building supplements social housing repair wins with new contract

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

Construction firm City Building has won a £3.7 million contract with social landlord ng homes as part of a clutch of new business wins valued at over £5m.

The order from ng homes, which was secured in open competition with the private sector, includes a contract to deliver repairs and maintenance services worth £2.4m, and the delivery of £1.3m of gas services.

ng homes provides housing and support services to tenants and owners in the Springburn, Balornock, Possilpark and Parkhouse areas of North Glasgow. It is responsible for the management and maintenance of about 7,000 properties.

The ng homes deal is the biggest of several contracts that City Building has won from social landlords in recent months. The Glasgow-based firm is also set to provide gas services to the Southside Housing Association in a three-year deal worth just over £1m and specialist lift services are being supplied to Queens Cross Housing Association as part of a contract worth £250,000.

City Building’s manufacturing division, Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBi), has additionally secured new work. It recently received its first furniture order from the National Library of Scotland after being appointed as an official supplier to the public body.

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “We’re extremely proud of our recent business wins, especially our contract with ng homes. Our new partnership will help its management team continue their strong focus on customer service and ensure North Glasgow tenants are living in safe, comfortable, high quality homes.

“We’ve been involved in some very high profile projects recently, including the construction and refurbishment of more than 111 Glasgow schools, which has helped to grow our reputation across the industry and showcase what our skilled staff can achieve.

“We are already one of Glasgow’s biggest employers and our continued success will help us to continue providing significant job opportunities across the city.”

Robert Tamburrini, chief executive of ng homes, said: “We would like to congratulate City Building in securing this important contract.  This new deal will ensure that ng homes will continue to provide excellent customer service to our tenants in regards to maintenance and repairs and gas servicing.

“City Building has an impressive track record of delivering great results for the Association and we are keen to further strengthen our relationship and look forward to continuing to work together for the benefit of our tenants and the North Glasgow community.”

City Building business wins come after the firm’s annual accounts, which were published in August, confirmed a rise in turnover to £219m in the last financial year. This strong performance enabled the arm’s length organisation to return £9m to Glasgow City Council to be reinvested in public services in the city.

Wheatley rolls out new £33m tenant-designed repairs service

Gordon Sloan and Lorraine Starrs, head of asset management for City Building (Glasgow); Gordon Dillon, head of operations for City Building (Glasgow); Alan Burns, deputy exec director of City Building; painter and decorator Macauley Wood; and joiners Naveed Mohammed and Christopher Murray

Gordon Sloan and Lorraine Starrs, head of asset management for City Building (Glasgow); Gordon Dillon, head of operations for City Building (Glasgow); Alan Burns, deputy exec director of City Building; painter and decorator Macauley Wood; and joiners Naveed Mohammed and Christopher Murray

A new improved £33 million repairs service is being rolled out to thousands of tenants and factored homeowners in the west of Scotland following Wheatley becoming joint owner of City Building (Glasgow) earlier this year.

The new venture with Glasgow City Council is providing repairs, maintenance and investment work to Wheatley’s social landlords in the west of Scotland – GHA, Cube and Loretto Housing – as well as the Group’s mid-market commercial subsidiary, Lowther Homes, and its property management company, YourPlace.

Tenant feedback has shaped the new repairs model, with pathfinder pilots being carried out across Glasgow and neighbouring areas to find out what tenants wanted.

Gordon Sloan, the new chair of City Building (Glasgow), said: “Tenants are telling us what they want – a responsive, efficient and more locally-based repairs service – and that’s just what we are providing.”

Mr Sloan, the former chair of GHA, Scotland’s largest social landlord, added: “The new venture enables Wheatley to be even better equipped to match and exceed customers’ needs and expectations.

“It is exciting watching the new service being rolled out and hearing the positive early feedback we are receiving from tenants and factored homeowners.”

The new venture, which employs 2000 staff, is responsible for Wheatley’s annual housing repairs budget of £33m and an annual investment budget of £27m, as well as £30m of repairs annually for Glasgow City Council.

Councillor Greg Hepburn, vice-chair of City Building (Glasgow), said: “This new venture with Wheatley Group will only serve to strengthen our economic and social contributions, as we work in partnership with its management team to grow and deliver improved services for the people of Glasgow.”

City Building contributes £9m to Glasgow City Council

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building

City Building has almost grown the amount it returns to Glasgow City Council by more than two thirds with over £9 million set to be reinvested in public services across the city, according to its annual results.

The construction firm was established as an arm’s length organisation (ALEO) by the local authority in 2006. The financial results for 2016/17 reveal the funds returned to the city council are up 71% on last year’s figures, after turnover rose to £219m compared with £208m the previous year.

This year’s return also represented a greater proportion of turnover, amounting to 4.1% this year compared with 2.5% the previous year.

The news comes after City Building, which employs over 2,200 people, entered a 50/50 joint venture with the Wheatley Group, the parent company of Glasgow Housing Association. The £3.7bn deal, which became effective on April 1 2017, will provide improved services to tenants and guarantee thousands of jobs including highly sought after apprenticeships.

City Building is the biggest employer of apprentices in Scotland and has recruited over 1,100 apprentices since the firm was established as an arm’s length organisation by Glasgow City Council in 1996. Research published last year by influential think tank the Fraser of Allander Institute has shown that 94% of City Building apprentices complete their qualifications compared with an industry average of 75%.

Dr Graham Paterson, executive director of City Building, said: “Despite challenging market conditions in the construction sector City Building has continued to grow and secure significant contracts in open competition with the private sector. We are pleased that our improved performance will help to support public services and create job opportunities across the city.

“Our success is a testament to our hard-working staff and apprentices and they should all be proud of their contribution to our strong results.”

City Building’s £250m contract to build or refurbish more than 111 schools and other educational facilities across Glasgow continues to make a significant contribution to its financial results. Among the new build facilities and refurbishment projects it is delivering are Avenue End Primary, Broomhill Primary School, Clyde Campus School, Glendale Primary School, Gowanbank Campus School, Silverdale Nursery, St. Rose of Lima Primary and Tower View Nursery.

The results also show that City Building’s manufacturing division RSBi achieved 8.8% growth with turnover rising to £27.2m from £25m. RSBi is Europe’s largest supported employer and half of its 260 staff have a disability. New projects secured in the past year include several commissions within the student accommodation market, furniture supply to the NHS, Scottish Prison Service and Scottish Fire & Rescue as well as a range of timber kits for various housebuilder clients.