Clark Contracts

Clark Contracts gets Saughton Park restoration underway

Clark Contracts is delivering the construction of a new café and renovation of the historic stable blocks at Saughton Park in Edinburgh.

The City of Edinburgh Council awarded the contract to Clark Contracts following a successful pre-qualification stage and competitive tender.

The historic stables which are being restored and remodelled will be brought back into use and will provide office space for park staff, a permanent home for the Royal Caledonian Horticultural Society and provide a 70 seater venue for community use. A new café along with new public toilets, including a changing places toilet, a bothy for volunteers and storage will be constructed during the 40 week project.

Funding has been secured by the council for the restoration works from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Michael Scanlan, director at Clark Contracts, said: “We look forward to working with the City of Edinburgh Council on this exciting project and we are eager to see the park fully restored and being enjoyed by the community.”

Clark Contracts has recently worked with the council to deliver the design and build of four nursery schools across Edinburgh.

New Lidl store nearing completion in Leith

Clark Contracts is on site completing the construction of a new Lidl supermarket on Easter Road in Leith, the contractor’s seventh project for the retailer.

The new steel-framed store will be the first Lidl ‘Metropolitan’ supermarket in Scotland with the store being raised to provide parking space underneath and the ability to extend by adding further storeys to the building. A full fit out of the sales area, storage space and staff welfare areas is also being completed.

The new store is scheduled for completion in autumn 2018 when it will open its doors to the public.

Lidl recently opened its 700th store in the UK and Clark Contracts has already completed the construction of new stores in Livingston, Greenock, Craigmillar, Slateford in Edinburgh and Bucksburn, Aberdeen along with the refurbishment and extension of the Arbroath store.

Clark Contracts has also been awarded an eighth project from Lidl UK for the refurbishment and extension of the existing supermarket in Ayr.

Clark Contracts to hold Paisley and Edinburgh career events

Clark Contracts is holding its annual careers evenings in Paisley and Edinburgh on Tuesday 20th and Thursday 22nd March 2018 respectively.

The contractor, included in the Sunday Times Best Companies to work for list for 2018, is offering 12 – 15 apprenticeships and traineeships for various trades, quantity surveying, contracts/site management, finance, administration, marketing, recruitment and HR.

The west event is being held on Tuesday 20th March from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at Clark Contracts’ Head Office, 23 McFarlane Street, Paisley, PA3 1RY. Those interested in attending must email stating which discipline they are interested in before being allocated a time slot.

The east event is being held on Thursday 22nd March from 3.30pm – 6.00pm at Edinburgh College’s Granton Campus. Those interested in attending the east event should email stating which discipline they are interested in before being allocated a time slot.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet with the company’s Academy Manager, Recruitment Team and current employees to find out more about careers at Clark Contracts and how they can progress through the company’s highly successful Academy.

The company’s partners from Glasgow Caledonian University, Edinburgh College, West College Scotland, the City of Glasgow College and the Construction Industry Training Board will also be in attendance.

As an Investors in Young People Gold Accredited employer, Clark Contracts is committed to ensuring new talent is recruited into the business and industry as a whole.

Gordon Cunningham, managing director, Clark Contracts, said: “Our careers evenings are an important part of our year with over 200 people attending in 2017. Having been awarded the Training Excellence award at the UK Construction News Awards in 2017, we are committed to people in the local community who want to forge a career in the construction industry. We very much look forward to meeting many of them on in March.”

Sunday Times Best Place to Work listing for Clark Contracts

Clark Contracts Directors

Following a survey of employees, Clark Contracts has been ranked number 72 on the Sunday Times best 100 companies to work for list.

The list, which ranks the best 100 companies in the UK, is voted for by staff, who anonymously score their employers based on a number of factors from work life balance to salary.

Clark Contracts is the only Scottish contractor and one of only three construction companies featured on the list.

Gordon Cunningham, managing director of Clark Contracts, said: “This is a huge achievement for us following on from our Training Excellence Award at the 2017 Construction News Awards. It is excellent to gain this external recognition which we believe is as a result of the efforts made by our Customers 1st Steering Group, Healthy Working Lives and Academy teams to drive the focus on our people. We will use the detailed analysis of the survey to form our strategy to continue to improve this key element of our business.”

Best Companies has been producing and publishing the ‘Best Companies to Work For’ lists since 2001 to measure and acknowledge excellence in workplace engagement. Each year hundreds of organisations from a wide range of industries use its employee survey to measure their employee engagement.

The responses from these surveys are collated and combined to produce an overall engagement score for each organisation. Only the organisations with the highest level of overall employee engagement qualify for the 100 Best Companies to Work For list.

Founded in 1978, Clark Contracts Ltd is a privately owned main contractor with six operating divisions; Construction, Fit Out, Small Works, Retail, Maintenance and Manufactured Joinery.

The company employs over 250 people with offices in the East and West of Scotland and is an Investors in Young People Gold accredited employer. Clark Contracts has a dedicated Academy which continually develops trainees, apprentices and graduates across the business.

Clark Contracts currently has a number of vacancies advertised, click here to view.

£45m of new business for Clark Contracts

Gordon Cunningham

Clark Contracts has secured over £45 million of new work in the six months up to 31st January 2018, from both new and existing customers.

New orders include the construction of student accommodation on Potterrow in Edinburgh, the construction of a 230 bed Moxy Hotel at Edinburgh Airport, a 208 bed Moxy Hotel in Southampton and the refurbishment of ACCORD Hospice in Paisley.

Artist’s impression of the Moxy Hotel at Edinburgh Airport

A number of orders have been secured from repeat customers including the regeneration of Saughton Park in Edinburgh for the City of Edinburgh Council, the upgrading of Lidl UK’s existing store in Ayr and the construction of a new common room at Riego Street student accommodation for the University of Edinburgh.

The company’s Fit Out Division has secured the redevelopment of Atlantic Quay 1 and Atlantic Quay 3 office blocks in Glasgow and the refurbishment and restoration of the iconic Category A listed Willow Tea Rooms Building on Sauchiehall Street for The Willow Tea Rooms Trust.

Gordon Cunningham, managing director, Clark Contracts, said: “As we celebrate our 40th year in business we are looking forward to working with these new and existing customers.”

Clark Contracts re-appointed to hub West Scotland supply chain

Michael Scanlan

Clark Contracts has been re-appointed to hub West Scotland’s supply chain as a primary contractor following a supply chain reshuffle.

The refresh, which was launched in June this year and evaluated by hub West Scotland and its public sector partners, required the submission of a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire to demonstrate contractor’s ability to work collaboratively, engage at a strategic level and provide added value.

hub West Scotland is a private sector development company working in collaboration with public sector clients across the West of Scotland to deliver new community projects whilst maintaining best value for money and creating local employment and educational opportunities.

Kilmardinny House

Paisley-based Clark Contracts recently worked with hub West Scotland to complete the refurbishment and extension of the Category A listed Kilmardinny House in Bearsden for East Dunbartonshire Council.

Iain Marley, CEO, hub West Scotland, said: “Clark Contracts performed very well and overcame many challenges to deliver the outstanding Kilmardinny House project. The refurbishment of the existing facility and construction of the new extension creates a fantastic venue for a variety of functions.  This was enhanced by the quality of their responses to the supply chain refresh process and so we are delighted to retain Clark Contracts on our supply chain.”

Michael Scanlan, director, Clark Contracts, added: “Having recently completed our first project with hub West Scotland, we are delighted to be re-appointed to their Supply Chain and look forward to continuing to work in collaboration with them to provide high quality projects whilst supporting the local community.”

Free SME advice event at Saltcoats Town Hall

Clark Contracts is holding a free SME Advice Event at Saltcoats Town Hall on Thursday 25th January between 9.30am and 12pm.

Small and medium sized enterprises (SME’s) are invited to this event for free advice from leading construction contractor, Clark Contracts.

In attendance will be representatives from the main contractor’s Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ), Marketing, Supply Chain and Community Benefits departments.

Having been awarded the RoSPA Presidents award for the 2nd consecutive year in 2017, a member of the HSEQ team will be on hand to provide advice about effective health, safety, environmental and quality processes and procedures within the construction industry.

With experience in effective social media, event management, branding and PR, there is lots to learn from Clark Contracts marketing representative.

Find out more about how Clark Contracts manage their supply chain of over 500 approved subcontractors and also about how to join the contractors supply chain.

With Community Benefits now playing a major role in many contracts, find out more about ways to ensure you are meeting and exceeding community benefits requirements.

Advance booking is essential. Secure your space by emailing

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

Field of Dreams Royal Opening Oct 17 (7)_preview

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.