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Clark Contracts to reinstate Glasgow’s original Mackintosh Tea Rooms

digThe Willow Tea Rooms Trust has appointed Clark Contracts to deliver the final construction and fit out phase of the famous original Tea Rooms Building created by Charles Rennie Mackintosh in 1903.

In addition to reinstating the Tea Rooms, the refurbishment at Glasgow’s Sauchiehall Street will create an exhibition and visitor centre, learning and education suite, retail and conference facilities. It will become a focal point for cultural and heritage tourism in the city.

Clark Contracts’ Manufactured Joinery Division are recreating some of the original fitted furniture pieces that will feature in the refurbished Tea Rooms including the bespoke banquet seating in the front salon and gallery, the detailed seating in the billiard room and the inglenook seating at its original fireplace.

The Board of Trustees are supported by an Advisory Panel of Mackintosh experts who scrutinise every detail of the restoration to ensure each element of the work is in line with the original Mackintosh designs, conserving the unique heritage.

Celia Sinclair, chair of the Trustees, said: “The Trust are delighted to have Clark Contracts on site. Works are going very well. Clark Contracts are not only determined to complete this exciting and challenging project, made possible by the support of The Heritage Lottery Fund, for an opening in June 2018, but are totally committed to the fact that this is a unique, iconic Mackintosh treasure in our City of Glasgow.”

Gerry Cummins, director, Clark Contracts, said: “It is an honour to be involved in such a unique and important project for Glasgow. We are looking forward to working with The Willow Tea Rooms Trust, their Mackintosh experts and the design team to deliver this exciting restoration.”

Clark Contracts is working with design team members Simpson and Brown Architects, project managers and surveyors Doig and Smith, services engineers Rybka, interior design consultants Studioarc and structural engineers David Narro Associates.

The award of the contract will support the training and development of Clark Contracts apprentices and trainees in roles including joinery and site management. The project has already seen visits from local students from Glasgow Caledonian University and there will be events held throughout the duration of the project to promote heritage craft skills.

Royal opening for Deafblind Scotland’s new learning and development centre

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Deafblind Scotland’s new learning and development centre in Lenzie has been officially opened by The Princess Royal.

The centre was constructed by Clark Contracts, the construction, refurbishment and maintenance contractor with their appointed design team Austin-Smith:Lord and Charles Scott & Partners.

The 7,000 square foot building, commissioned by leading charity Deafblind Scotland, is acoustically neutral with sound and light absorbing surfaces.

Initially called ‘The Field of Dreams’, the £2m centre features an arts facility, IT room and recording studio which will be a daily resource for more than 800 Deafblind Scotland members who are severely dual sensory impaired.

Clark Contracts worked closely with Deafblind Scotland and their project manager Hg Consulting to value engineer the project to a cost and specification suitable to Deafblind Scotland.

Ruth Dorman, chief executive, Deafblind Scotland, said: “Clark Contracts and their design team have been instrumental in the delivery of the project with a hands on and approachable attitude. The team made the language of construction accessible to us all at Deafblind Scotland which in turn made the process inclusive for everyone.”

Michael Scanlan, director, Clark Contracts, said: “We have enjoyed working with Deafblind Scotland and our Design Team to deliver this important project that we hope will provide valuable facilities for deafblind people across Scotland for many years to come.”

Andrew McCafferty, director, Austin-Smith:Lord said: “This was an immensely satisfying project being part of Clark Contracts’ team, working within the constraints of budget and demanding timescale to provide a positive learning and teaching environment for Deafblind Scotland and the community that also achieves a significant presence within it’s locality.”

Academy expansion at Clark Contracts

The new apprentices with managing director Gordon Cunningham

The new apprentices with managing director Gordon Cunningham

Eleven new trade apprentices have started their careers with construction, refurbishment and maintenance contractor Clark Contracts.

Following on from the popular careers evenings Clark Contracts held in Paisley and Edinburgh in March and April, 204 applications were received.

As a result, 72 candidates were invited to attend an assessment day to take part in testing with the 35 highest scoring individuals asked to return for final stage interviews.

The 11 successful apprentices are spending four weeks working in various departments within Clark Contracts’ offices in Paisley and Edinburgh before beginning work on site and commencing their studies at either West College ScotlandGlasgow Clyde College or Edinburgh College.

The eight joinery, one bricklaying and two painting and decorating apprentices will join the contractor’s award winning Academy which already features 23 trade apprentices and over 30 others across the business who are studying towards formal qualifications.

Clark Contracts was awarded Skills Development Scotland’s Youth Employer of the Month title in May 2017 and in July 2017, won the Training Excellence Award at the UK Construction News Awards in London.

Clark Contracts to deliver £5.6m fit out at 310 St Vincent Street

310 St Vincent Street

310 St Vincent Street

Praxis Real Estate Management has appointed Clark Contracts to complete a major £5.6 million fit out of its office development at 310 St Vincent Street in Glasgow.

The former Whyte and MacKay building was acquired by Praxis in 2013 and is now undergoing a 26 week design and build fit out, supported by the Scottish Government’s SPRUCE fund.

Works scheduled to complete before the end of the year involve the full strip out and refurbishment of all 10 floors, along with the atrium and reception area.

Upon completion, the building will offer 70,000sq. ft. of premium Grade A office space and join St Vincent Plaza and Scottish Power’s new HQ as part of a new high spec business quarter at the west end of St Vincent Street.

The comprehensive refurbishment includes new VRF air conditioning throughout, new LED lighting, new suspended ceilings and raised access floors, balconies/terraces (on upper floors), shower/changing facilities at basement level and an excellent car parking ratio of 1:1,258 sq ft.

Floorplates range from 2,764 sq ft – 9,406 sq ft and the joint letting agents are Knight Frank and CBRE.

External view of Buildings 1, 2 and 3 Atlantic Quay, Glasgow

External view of Buildings 1, 2 and 3 Atlantic Quay, Glasgow

Clark Contracts is also currently delivering the £5m fit out of Atlantic Quay 3 within Glasgow’s International Financial Services District, providing a further 71,000 sq. ft. of Grade A space.

Gerry Cummins, director at Clark Contracts, said: “Given the current shortage of Grade A office space within Glasgow’s city centre, we are looking forward to completing both projects, which will add more than 140,000 sq. ft. of much needed, top quality work space.”

Clark Contracts picks up UK Training Excellence Award

(from left) Tom Fitzpatrick – Editor of CN, Alasdair Reisner - from CECA, David Cooper, academy manager, Clark Contracts and Stephen Mangan – actor

(from left) Tom Fitzpatrick – Editor of CN, Alasdair Reisner – from CECA, David Cooper, academy manager, Clark Contracts and Stephen Mangan – actor

Clark Contracts has won the Training Excellence Award at the UK wide 2017 Construction News Awards.

The company was crowned at a prestigious awards ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London, attended by 1,100 of the UK’s leading construction contractors and their clients.

After face to face review by a panel of expert judges, Clark Contracts won in recognition of its pioneering work with Glasgow Caledonian University to develop a new Masters programme and the work of its Academy on e-learning, mentoring, supply chain initiatives and developing bespoke skills assessments for apprentices.

In the same period, the company also achieved Gold accreditation as Investors in Young People and the President’s Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

The Paisley and Edinburgh based construction, refurbishment and maintenance contractor was the only company registered in Scotland to join the UK wide shortlist of 138 organisations, across 19 different categories.

Gordon Cunningham, managing director at Clark Contracts, said: “It’s the first time we have entered the highly prestigious CN Awards and so we are extremely pleased have been successful on our first attempt. It’s great recognition for the work of our Academy which is totally focused on attracting, developing and retaining the very best talent in our industry.”

Tom Fitzpatrick, editor of Construction News, said: “These awards recognise the brilliant contribution to society that this industry makes on a daily basis.

“From homes to schools and hospitals, to rail and roads and stadiums, we are proud to recognise the achievements of the companies working hard to improve the construction industry and help grow the UK economy.”

Record month of new orders for Clark Contracts

Gordon Cunningham

Gordon Cunningham

Construction, refurbishment and maintenance contractor Clark Contracts secured £10 million of new work during the month of June, a record for the firm.

The company has been awarded contracts from new and existing customers across the retail, education, leisure and defence sectors.

The new orders include the £2.8m refurbishment and extension of Lady Alice Primary School in Greenock for Inverclyde Council, the £2.4m refurbishment of an Outfit Manufacturing Facility for BAE Systems and the refurbishment of the Sir Alwyn Williams Building for the University of Glasgow.

Clark Contracts will also be delivering its seventh project for Lidl UK as it has been awarded the construction of a new store on Easter Road in Leith, Edinburgh to replace the existing store.

The City of Edinburgh Council has also awarded the firm two new projects through its Contractor Works Framework which will see projects delivered at Sighthill and Dean Park Primary Schools.

Managing director Gordon Cunningham said: “Having already secured £40m of new business in the six months up to 31st March 2017, we are delighted to be continuing this strong start to the year and look forward to working with our new and existing customers.”

Further phase of University of Edinburgh work for Clark Contracts

Warrender Park

Warrender Park

Clark Contracts has been awarded a programme of student accommodation upgrades at Warrender Park for the University of Edinburgh.

In total, 127 flats within the Category B listed Warrender Park will be refurbished across 4 floors in three separate phases which will take place in summer 2017, 2018 and 2019. The internal refurbishment of the student bedrooms will total over £400k and is taking place over summer months to minimise disruption to students.

The award follows on from Clark Contracts successful completion of external upgrades to Warrender Park in 2016 including the creation of a new bell tower by the contractor’s manufactured joinery division.

Gerry Cummins, director at Clark Contracts, said: “We are looking forward to working with the University of Edinburgh again at Warrender Park on this refurbishment project.”

Clark Contracts has completed over £7 million of works for the University of Edinburgh in the last three years.

GCU students experience work at Clark Contracts

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Nine students from Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment will be completing a six month work placement at Clark Contracts.

Four Quantity Surveying and five Construction Management students will be working alongside experienced Clark Contracts employees, many of whom have also progressed through the company’s highly successful Academy, on live projects to give them an insight into working in the construction industry.

Clark Contracts employs quantity surveying and construction management students annually through their Academy for their 6 month work experience placement. Many students accept full time, permanent contracts choosing to return to university part time to complete their qualification.

Clark Contracts Academy encompasses all employees that are undertaking part time studies at college or university at all levels across the business.

This further strengthens Clark Contracts relationship with Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) where Managing Director, Gordon Cunningham, and Directors, Michael Scanlan and Gerry Cummins also studied. Of the over 250 employees at Clark Contracts, 22 per cent have studied or are currently studying at GCU.

As part of its commitment to the 5% Club, Clark Contracts recruit apprentices and undergraduates every year to ensure new talent is continually developed within the company.

Clark Contracts celebrates five maintenance wins

CC Help Desk-4096Five new maintenance contracts totalling over £2 million per annum have been awarded to Clark Contracts.

Mydentist has awarded the firm’s Maintenance Division a new contract to deliver planned and reactive maintenance to 42 branches across Scotland.

The contractor has also been reappointed by JD Sports for a third consecutive time to deliver planned and reactive maintenance to 104 stores across Scotland until 2019.

Clark Contracts directly employs over 100 operatives who will be involved in self delivering the contract. Using real time phablet technology, the contractor can appoint the nearest operative to each location ensuring emergency call outs and immediate repairs are carried out within the agreed response time.

Lloyds Banking Group has continued its 15 year relationship with Clark Contracts by re-appointing the contractor for the third time to deliver insurance reinstatement works for policyholders across Scotland until 2019.

Clark Contracts is also now an approved supplier for new customers Games Workshop and Barburrito delivering planned and reactive maintenance across Scotland.

Gordon Cunningham, managing director, said: “Our Maintenance Division delivers over £5m of work annually and it is fantastic to not only attract new customers but also continue our relationship with Lloyds Banking Group. Our re-appointment from existing customers confirms our commitment to and delivery of a consistently high standard of work at competitive rates utilising our in house tradespeople.”

Clark Contracts wins £40m of new work and recruits new staff

Gordon Cunningham

Gordon Cunningham

Construction, refurbishment, fit out and maintenance contractor Clark Contracts has secured new orders valued at over £40 million in the six months to March 31 and has recruited 34 new members of staff as a result.

New work for the Paisley firm includes a Grade A office fit out for Atlantic Quay Three Ltd at 3 Atlantic Quay in Glasgow, the construction of a new Tennis Centre within Saints Sports Centre for the University of St Andrews and the refurbishment and extension of the Category A listed St Anne’s Parish Church at Corstorphine in Edinburgh.

Lidl UK has awarded Clark Contracts a fifth contract to construct a new store in Bucksburn, Aberdeen.

The company has also secured six new projects from the City of Edinburgh Council which include the construction of new industrial units at East Hermiston Business Park, four new nursery schools and the replacement and repair of over 250 windows at the A listed Edinburgh City Chambers.


Plans for the new tennis centre at the University of St Andrews

The new orders include the construction of a £2.6m office block on Quarry Road, Irvine for North Ayrshire Council and the extension of the terrace area of the Great Scots Bar at Cameron House Hotel, Loch Lomond.

The company’s maintenance division contributed to the new business success, winning contracts with Mydentist, Barburrito and Games Workshop to deliver planned and reactive maintenance across Scotland and, for Barburrito, the north of England. Lloyds Banking Group has also re-appointed Clark Contracts to deliver insurance reinstatement works for policyholders across Scotland until 2019.

During the same period, Clark Contracts was re-appointed to a number of framework agreements including the University of Strathclyde, East Lothian Council and Babcock Marine.

Gordon Cunningham, managing director at Clark Contracts, said “It’s been a great six months for us and an especially pleasing aspect is the healthy mix of new first time customers and those we have worked for before.”