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Mactaggart & Mickel Homes celebrates NHBC regional best site manager award

Stuart Gillespie

Stuart Gillespie

Housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes is celebrating after the quality of four of its site managers was recognised at the NHBC Pride in the Job Regional Awards held in Glasgow last week.

Stuart Gillespie, senior site manager at Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Greenan Views development in Ayr, was named Regional Winner for the medium housebuilder category as well as receiving a Seal of Excellence Award. Paddy Malone, who manages the housebuilder’s Polnoon site in Eaglesham, also took home a Seal of Excellence Award.

Alongside Stuart and Paddy, Garry Henderson (Braemore Wood, Troon) and Mike Loughran (Millerhill at Shawfair, Midlothian) were named in June as having been awarded NHBC Pride in the Job Quality Awards. All four were presented with these at the luncheon before the Seal of Excellence and Regional Winner awards were announced.

Regional Winner Stuart Gillespie started with Mactaggart & Mickel Homes as an apprentice nearly three decades ago and has progressed through their ranks to become one of their most senior site managers. Having received numerous site manager awards over the years, this is Stuart’s eighth regional title, and his 32nd Pride in the Job Award.

Ed Monaghan, chief executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group, said: “My warmest congratulations to Stuart and Paddy, as well as Mike, Garry, and the wider site teams who have all contributed to the smooth running of our projects.

“At Mactaggart & Mickel Homes we pride ourselves on the superior quality of our homes, which are delivered by our exceptionally trained and committed staff. We’re honoured to be acknowledged for this through the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards.”

Following the conclusion of the NHBC Pride in the Job Regional Awards ceremonies, the winners of the UK Supreme Awards will be announced at a gala ceremony in London in January 2018.

Mactaggart & Mickel takes milestone step into English housing market

Construction 2 imageMactaggart & Mickel Homes’ plans to expand into England have taken a step forward with the submission of detailed planning permission for a housing development at Milton-under-Wychwood in Oxfordshire.

With outline planning consent currently in place for 62 new homes, the development marks a major milestone for the business and its plans to broaden its geographical reach.

Having completed its five year plan with a fourth consecutive rise in profits, 2016 figures for the housebuilder, which is part of the Mactaggart & Mickel Group, revealed an increase in turnover to £55 million and in profit to £13.7m.

Construction 1The company already has a strong land bank in England and have been involved in strategic land development south of the border since 2008, securing over 1200 acres across the north west and south west of England, with a further 250 acres under offer.

Another reserved matters planning application is expected to be lodged for a second English site in East Challow over the coming weeks.

Andrew Mickel

Andrew Mickel

The expansion into new markets comes as fourth generation family members and cousins, Andrew and Ross Mickel take over the reins in running the family business from recently retired, Bruce Mickel, who has been at the helm of the business for over 40 years.

Group director Andrew Mickel said: “It’s an exciting time for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes England Ltd as we begin our long term ambition to expand and grow the company in front of a UK wide audience. Our English strategic land business has been very successful in identifying and promoting viable sites, so building our own housing developments south of the border is the next natural step.

The Mactaggart & Mickel Group currently employs 279 members of staff and anticipate this will rise over the coming year with the expansion.

Athletes’ Village consortium honoured with Queen’s Award win

(from left) Calum Murray, CCG; Ed Monaghan, Mactaggart & Mickel; Lord Leuitenant Eva Bolander; John Gallacher, Cruden; Martin Kiely, WH Malcolm

(from left) Calum Murray, CCG; Ed Monaghan, Mactaggart & Mickel; Lord Leuitenant Eva Bolander; John Gallacher, Cruden; Martin Kiely, WH Malcolm

City Legacy Homes, the consortium that built the Athletes’ Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games, has been honoured by the city to celebrate winning the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.

Glasgow City Council’s Lord Provost, Eva Bolander, in her role as Lord Lieutenant, hosted the civic reception where she presented the crystal Queen’s Award for Enterprise to directors of the City Legacy consortium – Calum Murray of CCG, John Gallacher of Cruden, Ed Monaghan of Mactaggart & Mickel and Martin Kiely of WH Malcolm, at the city chambers.

The Queen’s Awards are the highest official UK awards for British businesses. Each year they are presented to companies to recognise outstanding achievements in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility.

City Legacy now joins an elite group of organisations which have received, and are permitted to bear the Queen’s Award emblem. This also marks the 25th accolade that the Athletes’ Village has won for its high quality design, energy efficiency and sustainability.

The Athletes’ Village has been a huge success story in the role it has played in regenerating the east end of Glasgow. Comprising 700 homes and a 120-bed care home, it first provided accommodation for 6,500 athletes and officials during the 2014 Commonwealth Games before being converted into residences as part of the overall project. Demand for the homes was unprecedented, selling out two years ahead of schedule.

In July, City Legacy directors Ed Monaghan and Calum Murray attended a reception for this year’s Queen’s Award winners at Buckingham Palace which was hosted by HRH The Queen.

Martin Kiely, MD of WH Malcolm, and director of City Legacy, said: “It’s been a rewarding and inspiring journey from idea to delivery on the Athletes’ Village, and this award really belongs to the staff at all four companies – CCG, Cruden, Mactaggart & Mickel and WH Malcolm – who worked tirelessly for years to ensure the success of the project. We are grateful, too, for the excellent working partnership we enjoyed with Glasgow City Council throughout delivering the project.

“We knew from day one that The Village would offer a lasting legacy for Glasgow’s East End, and with a decision on planning permission for the second phase of this development expected in the coming weeks, we hope to begin the next chapter of this amazing success story.”

The Lord Provost Eva Bolander said: “Lord Provost Eva Bolander said; “One of the great legacies of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games was the Athletes’ Village, home to the athletes in that fantastic summer and now the site of 700 homes that has won widespread acclaim. The council’s partner in delivering the Athletes’ Village was the City Legacy consortium, and I am delighted that their work has been recognised by this Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development. The Athletes’ Village was key – along with the Emirates Arena and the Clyde Gateway route – in the regeneration of Dalmarnock, which now has a new community centre, nursery, woodland park, and care home, with a new primary school on the way.”

Infrastructure contract signed for Shawfair urban expansion project

Shawfair LLP and Crummock,

Shawfair LLP’s James Palmer (left) with Jim Donaldson from Crummock

The development of the largest urban expansion project in Edinburgh and Midlothian has taken a major step forward with the signing of a multi-million pound infrastructure contract.

The deal, worth over £4 million between Shawfair LLP and Crummock, is for a wide range of infrastructure works that are essential to the ongoing delivery of the new community at Shawfair. These include upgrades to local roads, new street lighting and the construction of new footpaths and cycle-routes.

The announcement comes on the back of the news that Bellway and Miller Homes are to bring forward more than 350 new homes at Danderhall South, with both hoping to be on site and commencing construction this Summer.

Speaking about the deal with Crummock, Nick Waugh, director of Shawfair LLP, said: “This deal is significant for Shawfair, and marks a period of real progress for the project. The creation of new footpaths and cycle routes will significantly improve the linkages throughout Shawfair, making this already well-connected site even better, whilst encouraging active travel that is central to our carefully considered masterplan approach.”

Jim Donaldson, construction director for Crummock, said: “Crummock is proud to be part of this prestigious project, which will be a major economic boost to the area. At peak works, we will be employing around 45 people on site, many of whom live locally. This project will also contribute to us hiring nine apprentices this year.”

The development of the new community at Shawfair, through a joint venture between Buccleuch Property and Mactaggart and Mickel, will deliver 4,000 homes, new schools, business spaces and public amenities over the next 20 years.

The development will be built around a thriving town centre and railway station connected by the Borders Railway and providing direct access to the capital in 15 minutes.

Minister visits Polnoon to see ‘conservation area of tomorrow’

(from left) Andrew Mickel (Mactaggart and Mickel), Kevin Stewart MSP and Bruce Mickel (Mactaggart and Mickel)

(from left) Andrew Mickel (Mactaggart and Mickel), Kevin Stewart MSP and Bruce Mickel (Mactaggart and Mickel)

Kevin Stewart MSP, minister for local government and housing, has visited the award-winning Polnoon neighbourhood in the village of Eaglesham in East Renfrewshire to see how the design of this unique housing development is making a difference to the lives of its residents.

Polnoon is an innovative development of 124 high-quality, energy-efficient one- to six-bedroom homes which was the result of a collaboration between Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, architects Proctor and Matthews, roads engineers Waterman Boreham Transport, East Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Government.

The aim of Polnoon was to take the Scottish Government’s design advice, as outlined in their ‘Creating Places’ and ‘Designing Streets’ policies, and turn it into reality in order to champion good design.

Polnoon has been designed to be a safe place where pedestrians have priority over cars. The development features interconnected shared areas which include streets, lanes, courts, a central square and children’s play parks, encouraging interaction between neighbours and creating a community feel. Whilst Polnoon is a modern development, its design is in keeping with the architecture of the historic village of Eaglesham. It has scooped several housing design awards, including a Saltire Design Award for Innovation in Housing and Best Medium Development at the Homes for Scotland Awards.

The development’s final phase is due for completion later this year.

Mr Stewart said: “It’s great to be here in Polnoon today to see first-hand what can be achieved in a residential development where the focus is on designing quality housing, streets and public spaces. The Polnoon project has taken Scottish Government planning policy and applied it to show how it can work successfully; the result is an excellent sustainable design which enhances the environment for residents.

“Thanks to the attention to detail that has been given to how the streets and houses relate to each other, Polnoon is a neighbourhood that feels spacious, welcoming and significantly different to most other housing developments. I am confident that Polnoon will eventually become one of Scotland’s ‘Conservation Areas of Tomorrow’, which is one of the aims of the project.”

Andrew Mickel, director of Mactaggart & Mickel, added: “We’re pleased to welcome the Minister to Polnoon, which is a development we are very proud of. It has been built to stand the test of time and is particularly unique, as it caters to the needs of pedestrians rather than vehicles. Polnoon showcases what can be achieved by taking a fresh approach to development design and focusing on community and sustainability.”

Athletes’ Village developers win prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise

(from left) City Legacy directors - Calum Murray (CCG), Ed Monaghan (Mactaggart & Mickel), Martin Kiely (WH Malcolm) and John Gallacher (Cruden)

(from left) City Legacy directors – Calum Murray (CCG), Ed Monaghan (Mactaggart & Mickel), Martin Kiely (WH Malcolm) and John Gallacher (Cruden)

The consortium of four Glasgow housebuilders that developed the 2014 Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village has scooped the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise.

The Awards are presented to UK businesses for outstanding achievement in the categories of innovation, international trade, sustainable development and promoting opportunity through social mobility. They are known as being the highest official UK awards for British businesses, with all award winners invited to a reception at Buckingham Palace, which is hosted by HRH The Queen.

The award for the City Legacy consortium – which comprises CCG, Cruden, Mactaggart & Mickel and WH Malcolm – is in the Sustainable Development category.

This reflects the numerous energy efficiency measures that were incorporated at the Athletes’ Village, such as solar panels, a ventilation and heat recovery system to recycle air and heat, and a district heating scheme that supplies instant heat and constant hot water and is around 40 per cent more efficient than normal heating schemes.

The Queen’s Award is the 25th award that the Athletes’ Village has won for its high quality design, sustainability, and the role it has played in the regeneration of Glasgow’s east end. Previous awards include Best Sustainable Development at the Scottish Business Awards, winner in the Large Scale Housing Development category at the Scottish Saltire Design Awards, and the Regeneration winner at the Scottish Design Awards.

The Athletes’ Village provided accommodation for 6,500 athletes and officials during the Commonwealth Games, before being converted to 700 homes – 400 for social rental and 300 for private sale. The Village has been a huge success story, with private homes selling out in early 2016, almost two years ahead of schedule.

It is also part of a real community, with a 120-bed care home, plans for a new primary and nursery school, and direct access to the Cuningar Loop, a new £5.7m, 15 hectare riverside woodland park provided by Legacy 2014 funding. Also close to The Village is the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub – a centre for the local community with a GP surgery, children’s nursery, chemist and shop.

John Gallacher of Cruden and director of City Legacy said: “The Village has won many awards in the past, but this one is extra-special. To be given a Queen’s Award for Enterprise is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the wonderful journey that The Village has taken us on here at City Legacy. It really is the icing on the cake.

“The success of The Village could not have been achieved without the hard work and dedication of my fellow directors, Calum Murray at CCG, Ed Monaghan at Mactaggart & Mickel and Martin Kiely at WH Malcolm and their teams – not to mention my own team here at Cruden. We were always confident that the Village would be an exceptional project, but even we were a little surprised by the speed at which the homes sold, and the extent which it has sparked the wider regeneration of the surrounding area.”

Councillor Frank McAveety, leader of Glasgow City Council, who were partners in The Village project, said: “The 2014 Games really were the greatest games ever and the Athletes’ Village is one the most prominent examples of the lasting legacy for the East End of Glasgow. I am over the moon that this project, which the council has delivered in partnership with City Legacy, has been acknowledged with a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. You cannot get a higher level of recognition than that.”

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes strengthens Board

Craig Ormond

Craig Ormond

Family housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes has strengthened its Board with the appointment of Craig Ormond as homes director.

An accomplished land manager, Craig joined the business in 2007 to assist in the expansion and promotion of the land portfolio through planning. He will support the execution of the company’s vision to deliver quality, reliability and integrity, both to new build purchasers and external clients.

Group chairman Bruce Mickel said: “This is an incredibly exciting time for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes. During his time with the company, Craig has played a key role in securing planning permissions for a wide range of residential, commercial and missed use projects. His appointment to the Board will further strengthen our ability to develop our strategic land proposition and help position us for future growth.”

Craig Ormond added: “I am very proud to join the Board of Mactaggart & Mickel Homes, a property company known and admired throughout the industry.”

Blog: Working smarter – not harder – is the key to faster housebuilding

Ed Monaghan

Ed Monaghan

By Ed Monaghan, chair of Construction Scotland and CEO of Mactaggart & Mickel Group

Scotland has a productivity problem – not just in construction, but across our whole economy. We have a lower level of productivity than many smaller EU countries and we sit in the third quartile of OECD countries. Nobody doubts that we’re all working really hard, but it seems that we’re just not working smart.

Why is this so important? Well, in order to compete, not just at an international level, but at home as well, and have sustainable economic growth, we need to improve our productivity. The more productive we are, the more competitive we become and the more profit we make – individually, collectively and as part of the wider economy.

Low productivity is a problem not just for the housebuilding and construction industries, but for us all. In fact, it is such an important issue that some businesses have started to do radical things to tackle it. Productivity is not improved by putting in longer hours – just look at the news recently and you will see a Glasgow company hitting the headlines for introducing a four-day week with no loss of pay. Many companies in Sweden have even introduced a six-hour working day and both of these report boosted productivity as a direct result of these changes. Perhaps it is time for the construction industry to start thinking outside of the box too and making changes that can make a real difference to productivity and, ultimately, profit.

Being an eternal optimist, I believe that lack of productivity in our sector is a challenge that we will successfully address. As a direct response to the issue, at our conference last month Construction Scotland launched a new initiative to help Scottish construction businesses improve their productivity, efficiency, and ultimately their profits. The Profit Through Productivity programme kicked off this month, covering topics from manufacturing and operational efficiency to organisational development and leadership.

So what’s stopping us housebuilders being more productive? Antiquated technology is often blamed for poor productivity, and I agree it plays a major part. The construction industry can be a bit of dinosaur when it comes to technology. We need to embrace digitisation and take advantage of things like BIM to do things differently. A shortage of skilled workers has a negative impact too, as do regulations – I don’t shy away from saying that half of my team is up to its knees in treacle battling the regulatory process – we need to work better at getting projects through planning and consents.

In my opinion, if there is one key to improved productivity in housebuilding, it is offsite manufacturing, where elements of homes are built in a controlled factory environment and transported to site. We have talked about this for a long time but now we need to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes and the estimated 75,000 private homes Scotland needs over the next 5 years and deliver them quickly. Offsite fabrication and modularisation can speed up housebuilding, because while the building components are being manufactured offsite, preparatory works onsite can proceed at the same time. Costs can be lower because using a controlled offsite environment can reduce the impact of adverse site conditions on the project and also enhance safety.

A lot of people, especially architects, worry about modular construction. They think it means that we’ll soon all be living in identikit boxes and that we’ll lose design flair. But once you delve more deeply into the issue, you realise it doesn’t have to be that way. The idea of offsite construction doesn’t appeal to everyone, so it’s important that a company setting off down this road brings any doubters along on the journey. People are the key to innovation and everyone within a company needs to be on board with new ideas in order for them to work. Board members have a clear incentive – improved profits – for a company to become more productive, but what about the apprentice on the ground?

John Forster, Group Chairman at roofing company Forster Group, spoke very eloquently at our recent conference about the importance of learning from the people on the ground and giving them the opportunity to tell management how things can be done better and more efficiently. His company has had great success in improving productivity by analysing their data, learning from the whole team and by introducing a new set of motivations to bring the team on board. The results of this are reflected in their profits.

We also need to think about how the planning system will cope – there’s a review currently under way and I will be interested to see the findings. We need to be bolder in our ambitions, we need to see real movement on Combining Consents. That alone will improve the whole sector’s productivity and eradicate the industry’s frustration with continuous re-work. The new homes Scotland needs also have to be supported by the right infrastructure and currently there is a mismatch between where people aspire to live and the infrastructure to support it – we need to make sure that these two things join up.

Construction Scotland’s Vision for 2030 is for an industry which is recognised internationally as leading the delivery of innovative, quality projects; which year on year delivers increasing client satisfaction and value for money; and which delivers sustained industry growth and company profitability. Through our new Profit through Productivity programme we are taking clear steps to make that a reality.

The Profit through Productivity programme is a collaboration between Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service, Zero Waste Scotland and Skills Development Scotland.

For more details of the full Activity Programme, visit

International quality accreditations for Mactaggart & Mickel Timber Systems

MacMic TSMactaggart & Mickel Timber Systems has furthered its credentials with its first global and European quality accreditations.

Following an independent assessment, the timber division of Mactaggart & Mickel Group has been awarded the ISO 9001 certification – an internationally recognised quality management standard.

In addition, it has also achieved the European CE mark accreditation for the manufacturing of its open web joists.

Stuart Douglas, general manager at Mactaggart & Mickel Timber Systems, said: “At Mactaggart & Mickel Group we encourage a culture of excellence, supplying customers with a level of professionalism and expertise that has earned us a reputation for the utmost quality. Gaining the ISO 9001 and CE marking standards further reinforces our commitment to demonstrating the highest of standards.

“Although CE marking is not mandatory for all timber frame products, we endeavoured to meet the conformity assessment requirements to guarantee quality assurance for our open web joist product. Using both of these certifications gives our customers even greater peace of mind that they are receiving consistently high quality products and services.”

MacMic TS - open web joistISO 9001 accreditation is based on satisfying a number of quality management principles, including strong customer focus, the motivation and implication of top management, the process approach and continual improvement.

The European CE marking standard demonstrates that the manufacturer has ensured products meet EU safety, health and environmental requirements, complies with EU legislation and follows product manufacturing guidelines.

Mactaggart & Mickel Timber Systems products will now carry the CE mark as standard for its recently introduced open web joist product and, along with its ISO 9001 certification, adds to its existing Fabric First and Site Safe Accreditation. The company is also a member of The Institute of Customer Service and Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme, and has Investors in People status.

Mactaggart & Mickel Group signs ten year deal on Glasgow HQ

Mactaggart & Mickel Group logoHousebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Group has agreed a new ten year lease on its Glasgow-based headquarters at 1 Atlantic Quay.

The company said the £4 million deal signals its long term commitment to do business in the city. Mactaggart & Mickel is also investing £400,000 to refit the office space.

Property group Moorfield and joint venture partner Resonance Capital acquired the Grade A office building in September 2015 along with neighbouring 2 and 3 Atlantic Quay.  The company has recently commenced a programme of investment into the properties.

Andrew Mickel, director at Mactaggart & Mickel Group, said: “Glasgow is very much home for Mactaggart & Mickel Group so we were pleased to conclude the renewal of the lease. The 10 year agreement does not include a break clause, marking a clear sign of our commitment to continue to operate in the city.

“The sector has undergone a period of political uncertainty but, as we move into our tenth decade in business, we are confident in the long term performance of the UK property market and continue to plan for business growth.”

Mark Holmes, asset manager at Moorfield, said: “Mactaggart & Mickel Group’s commitment to remain in Atlantic Quay 1 is an endorsement of the quality of the complex and its location in the city’s business district. Alongside our joint venture partner Resonance Capital, we are investing in a multi-million pound refurbishment and improvement programme that will upgrade Buildings 1, 2 and 3 into a unique ‘Grade A’ office complex that fronts the River Clyde.”

Mactaggart & Mickel Group was advised on the transaction by Dornan & Co.