Mactaggart & Mickel Group

Marshall to start work on £8m Newton Mearns care home

Newton Mearns Care HomeBuilding work has started on an £8 million private care home in Newton Mearns.

Located at the corner of Waterfoot Road and Broom Road East the state-of-the-art home is being built by Marshall Construction Ltd for Meallmore.

The 68 en-suite bedroom home will be built in a “U” shaped format and includes a range of communal living spaces alongside a range of administration, food preparation, laundry and storage rooms. It will have 25 car parking spaces.

Due to be complete in 2016 the two storey building makes extensive use of glass in the construction to create bright airy spaces with generous lounge, dining and activity areas for residents. The landscaped garden, part of which is located between two wings of the building, offers seamless access to the outdoors for residents.

Externally the design will have a dual pitched roof with gable ends, finished in a flat grey tile. The external walls will comprise render and stone with feature panels and cladding and there will be a feature wall at the entrance to the home, located off a new access road.

The building has been designed to be dementia-friendly, with consideration given to wayfinding and maximising the use of natural light.

It will form part of a wider private residential development being undertaken by Mactaggart & Mickel.

Gerry Hennessey, managing director of Meallmore Ltd, said: “This new home has been designed to offer the highest quality facilities for our residents, making the most of the outdoor space available.  Together with the apartments, it has been carefully designed to fit in with the surrounding residential area and architecture in Newton Mearns.  We look forward to welcoming residents in 2016.”

Traffic management arrangements will be put in place to avoid peak traffic times during the school terms and to minimise noise disruption for neighbours.

Meallmore currently has 21 care homes in Scotland that cater for elderly and vulnerable people.

Mactaggart & Mickel site manager named among UK’s best

A housebuilding site manager from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes Ltd has been recognised for building homes of the highest standard, beating around 15,000 others to be named as one of the UK’s Supreme Winners during the NHBC Pride in the Job Awards 2014 gala final.

Stuart Gillespie took the Medium Builder category title for the second year in a row, defending his 2013 title.

The three-time Supreme Award winner was victorious for managing the build of Greenan Views in Doonfoot, Ayr. Stuart began his career at Mactaggart & Mickel 24 years ago as an apprentice joiner, working his way up into site management.

The awards, run by NHBC (National House-Building Council), are dedicated to recognising site managers who oversee housing projects from start to finish. They have the greatest impact on driving up quality standards on site for the ultimate benefit of homeowners.

The winners of the competition’s five builder categories are the best site managers in the UK working on projects registered for warranty with NHBC, which covers around 80 percent of the new home insurance market. They received their awards at a black-tie event in Westminster, London, hosted by comedian John Bishop.

Announced alongside Stuart Gillespie were Rob Summers of Redrow Homes South Wales (Large), Damian Bates of Berkeley Homes (South East London) Ltd (Muli-storey), Derek Ratcliffe of Landex Living (Small) and Shaun Forrester of J J Lattimer (Single Home).

Mike Quinton, NHBC chief executive, said: “NHBC exists to drive up standards in new-build housing, and the Pride in the Job Awards have been an integral part of that mission for nearly 35 years. Site managers play a central part in the success of any project, but the benchmark for success rises each year. Our champions beat an incredible number of others to win the title, and can justifiably claim to be among the best in the business.”

The runners-up were:

  • Large – Simon Jones – BDW Homes Mercia – Woodthorne, Wergs Rd, Wolverhampton
  • Multi-storey – Andy Shaw – Taylor Wimpey Midlands – Diglis Water, Dock Rd, Worcester
  • Medium – Gregg Taylor – Morris Homes (North) Ltd – Edgewater Park, Warrington
  • Small – Alan Lynas – Porter & Co  – Farriers Green, Hillsborough, Co. Down
  • Single Home – Indi Hothi – CISSH Property Group – 9 Rambler Lane, Slough

New homes on the rise as Scotland edges towards affordable housing target

Margaret Burgess

Margaret Burgess

The number of new homes built in Scotland has risen by nine per cent in the last year, according to official figures.

Latest housing statistics from the Scottish Government have unveiled that the number of new homes completed across the private and social sector rose nine per cent to 16,281 between April 2014 and March 2015, compared to the same period in 2013-14.

In addition, the overall supply of housing, which covers new builds, refurbishments and conversions, increased six per cent to 17,149 in 2014-15 compared to the previous year.

The Scottish Government is also well on track to exceed its five-year target to deliver 30,000 affordable homes by March 2016, as part of the Affordable Housing Supply Programme.

Figures to the end of June 2015, show that a total of 28,048 affordable homes have now been delivered –93 per cent of the 30,000 target – including 19,205 homes for social rent. This is 96 per cent of the 20,000 social rent target, and within that 4,956 council homes – 99 per cent of the council homes target.

Housing minister Margaret Burgess said: “Making sure everyone in Scotland has access to good-quality, affordable housing is at the heart of the Scottish Government’s ambitions to create a fairer and more prosperous country. These figures support this commitment and show we are on track to exceed our five year target of delivering 30,000 new homes by 2016.

“This is a significant achievement. In spite of around a quarter in real terms cuts to our capital budget and an uphill battle to beat the recession, this Government has built more social and affordable houses in the last seven years than were delivered in the seven years prior to that.

“By targeting resources at making private sector homes more affordable, through schemes like Help to Buy (Scotland), we have seen the number of private sector completions rise significantly.

“We have boosted housing supply budgets by investing £1.7 billion in affordable housing over the lifetime of this Parliament. Our house building rates, per head, continue to outperform other parts of the UK.

“We will continue to work closely with the housing sector to support the construction of new homes across all tenures, supporting jobs in the construction industry and wider economy, and helping to strengthen communities, promote social justice and tackle inequality.”

Commenting on the new figures, Ed Monaghan, chief executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group, said: “The rise in new build completions demonstrates the growing confidence in the housing market in Scotland. There are a number of factors contributing to this success such as the availability of more competitive mortgage rates, making it easier for first time buyers to get on the property ladder. As a business we are feeling the positive effects of this with sales and site footfall rising consistently as we open new developments and introduce new housing designs across our portfolio.”

Housing Supply (Private and Public Sector):

  • New housing supply: New housing supply (new build, refurbishment and conversions) increased by 6 per cent between 2013-14 and 2014-15, from 16,110 to 17,149 units, mainly driven by an 11 per cent rise in private led new build completions.
    • New house building: In 2014-15, 16,281 new homes were completed in Scotland, an increase of 9 per cent on the 14,890 completions in the previous year, the highest number of completions since 2010-11. During the same time-period the number of homes started rose by 3 per cent from, 15,577 to 16,028, the highest number of starts since 2008-09.
    • Affordable housing:(As previously reported on 2 June): In 2014-15, there were 7,069 units completed through all Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) activity – this figure is up 1 per cent on the previous year.

Other key findings for the year to end March 2015 are:

• Local authority housing stock: At 31st March 2015, there were 317,005 local authority dwellings in Scotland, a decrease of 567 (0.2 per cent) homes from the previous year.
• Sales of local authority dwellings: Sales of public authority dwellings (including local authorities with total stock transfers) rose by 20 per cent in 2014-15, from 1,527 to 1,835. This is the second consecutive annual increase after years of declining numbers of sales. The increases are likely to be due to the announcement in 2013 that right to buy was to be ended for all tenants.
• Right to Buy entitlement: Just over two-thirds (67 per cent or 236,594) of tenancies provided by local authorities (or the relevant housing association following a stock transfer) had some Right to Buy entitlement on 31st March 2015, down from 76 per cent the previous year.
 Evictions: Eviction actions against local authority tenants resulted in 1,215 evictions or abandoned dwellings in 2014-15 (694 evictions, 521 abandoned dwellings). This is up by 32 per cent, or 294 evictions or abandonments, on the 921 in 2013-14.
• Housing Lists: Household applications held on local authority or common housing register lists decreased by 4 per cent to 173,587 in March 2015, the seventh consecutive annual decrease.

Housing Statistics for Scotland 2015: Annual Key Trends Summary

Housing Statistics for Scotland Quarterly Update

Glasgow carpenter named Scotland’s top building apprentice of 2014

(L-R) Construction Specialist Apprentice of the Year Craig McVeagh; Adult Apprentice of the Year Daniel Deavy; SBATC Apprentice of the Year and winner of the James Birnie Award for Craft Excellence Shaun Kennedy; Civil Engineering Apprentice of the Year Sean Melville

(L-R) Construction Specialist Apprentice of the Year Craig McVeagh; Adult Apprentice of the Year Daniel Deavy; SBATC Apprentice of the Year and winner of the James Birnie Award for Craft Excellence Shaun Kennedy; Civil Engineering Apprentice of the Year Sean Melville

A 19-year-old carpentry and joinery apprentice from Glasgow has been named this year’s SBATC Apprentice of the Year, receiving the coveted James Birnie award for Craft Excellence at a special ceremony at the Scottish Parliament.

Shaun Kennedy was nominated for the award by his employer Mactaggart & Mickel in recognition of his natural enthusiasm for the job and the outstanding quality of his work.

Currently in the final year of a four-year apprenticeship with MacTaggart & Mickel, Shaun was also praised by his employer for his excellent organisational skills and ability to plan ahead and is considered a role model both as an employee and as a student.

Now in their 15th year, the SBATC Apprenticeship Awards are organised by the Scottish Building Apprenticeship and Training Council (SBATC) to recognise the considerable talents, skills and abilities of construction apprentices working across Scotland. The Awards assess candidates according to their practical and academic ability alongside other important skills such as organisation, communication and the ability to perform in a team.

Established in 1934 to regulate the working conditions, wages, recruitment and training of apprenticeships within the Scottish construction industry, SBATC is also celebrating its 80thbirthday this year.

The awards ceremony included presentations for three other award categories. Sean Melville, an apprentice technician from Inverness who works for Morgan Sindall, received the 2014 Civil Engineering Apprentice of the Year award. Daniel Deavy, an apprentice roof slater and tiler with A. Menzies and Sons in Glasgow was named Adult Apprentice of the Year. Meanwhile, Dunblane-based built-up felt roofing apprentice Craig McVeagh, who works for family firm Permatop Roofing, received the 2014 Construction Specialist apprentice award.

Speaking on behalf of main award winner Shaun Kennedy’s employer, Mactaggart & Mickel HR director Marion Forbes said: “We’re delighted for Shaun that he’s won this prestigious award. He is an outstanding individual overall and has excelled throughout his apprenticeship. He clearly loves his job and takes genuine pride in his craft. When Shaun is set a task, there’s always confidence that he’ll complete it to the highest standard.”

SBATC chairman Gavin Hay said: “The 2014 SBATC Apprentice of the Year Awards have been the highlight of our 80th year celebrations. With so many excellent candidates nominated, it’s an opportunity to pay tribute to the outstanding talents of apprentices working throughout the Scottish construction sector. My personal congratulations go out to all of our winners and I wish them the very best for a long and rewarding career in Scottish construction.”

Event host and convener of the Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Construction, Nigel Don MSP, said: “Once again, I’m delighted that we’ve been able to host this year’s SBATC Apprenticeship Awards here at the Scottish Parliament. I’ve been truly impressed by the calibre of this year’s winners. Retaining skills in the construction sector remains an important challenge. That is why these awards are so important because they recognise and celebrate the outstanding craft skills of young apprentices who have chosen to pursue a career in the Scottish building industry. I’d also like to wish SBATC a very happy 80th birthday – long may its work continue as a champion of Scotland’s many thousands of construction apprentices.”

Frustrated home builders caution against latest housing stats

Philip Hogg

Philip Hogg

Scotland’s home building industry today responded with caution and frustration to latest official quarterly statistics announcing a significant increase in the number of new build completions for April-June compared to last year.

Official statistics released today show that across all sectors, 4,583 homes were completed in April to June this year, the highest quarterly figure since 2010, and 29 per cent higher than in the same quarter last year.

The figures mean the number of new homes built in Scotland is at its highest level for over three years.

However, with the details published on a UK-wide “day of action” aiming to push housing up the political agenda, Philip Hogg, chief executive of trade body Homes for Scotland, cautioned against the results and instead predicted a flat 2014.

He said: “Whilst any rise in the number of much needed new homes being built is, of course, to be warmly welcomed, what these figures show beyond doubt is the game-changing impact that the Help to Buy (Scotland) shared equity scheme had in the first half of 2014.

“However, funding for the scheme for this financial year ran out in July since which time sales have significantly dropped off.

“With the industry having to adjust production as a result, it is our view that this will be reflected in the statistics for the later part of the year.  We therefore fear that overall activity levels for 2014 will be broadly flat, meaning that Scotland will continue to fall well-behind the number of new homes required to meet the country’s housing need.

“Buyer interest is plain to see after so many years of pent-up demand.  So not only is this situation highly frustrating for would-be home buyers, particularly our young people and growing families, it also places more pressure on an already overburdened rented sector at a time when industry recovery should be being fully nurtured.

“Yet over six weeks from the new £125m funding for housing supply announced in the Draft Budget, we still await details of how this investment is to be allocated.

“Scotland needs greater commitment and bold action from politicians of all parties and at all levels if is to ensure its people have access to the range of quality housing options they deserve.”

Ed Monaghan

Ed Monaghan

Ed Monaghan, chief executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group, added: “The continued rise in new build completions is welcome news for the industry particularly given the increasing contribution from the private sector. As a business we are seeing sales and site footfall rising consistently and our recent annual results were back to pre-recession levels.

“It is important to highlight the impact Help to Buy (Scotland) has undoubtedly played in boosting sales and consumer confidence. The success of the scheme highlights how crucial initiatives that stimulate the market are to the industry and we would therefore call upon the Scottish Government to look again at level of funding available to maintain this important initiative.”

The increase in the latest quarter was driven by a rise in the number of private sector led new build completions which rose to 3,676, an increase of 1,150 homes (46 per cent) compared to the same quarter in the previous year. Meanwhile the number of new housing association homes fell by 47 (7 per cent) compared to the same quarter in 2013 and new local authority homes also decreased in this period by 59 (19 per cent).

However the number of new houses built in the year to end June 2014 still remains well below pre-recession levels, and is 38 per cent below the figure of 25,503 homes recorded in the year to end June 2007.

Housing minister Margaret Burgess said the latest completion figures bring the Scottish Government closer to its target of delivering 20,000 homes for social rent by March 2016, with 80 per cent of homes completed.

Former Mactaggart & Mickel chairman drowns while on holiday

Derek Mickel

Derek Mickel

The former chairman of Scottish house builder Mactaggart and Mickel has drowned while on holiday in the Canary Islands.

Derek Mickel died while on a winter break in Fuerteventura on Saturday.

Mr Mickel from Newton Mearns, East Renfrewshire, got into difficulties in the sea while swimming in the resort of Pajara on the island.

He was pulled from the sea onto the beach however paramedics could not save him.

The 79-year-old was still a director at the family building firm.

A spokesman for the Mickel family and Mactaggart & Mickel said: “It is with great sadness that the death of Mr Derek Mickel aged 79 has been confirmed. He died suddenly while on holiday in Fuerteventura on Saturday November 15.

“Mr Mickel was a prominent Scottish businessman, having joined the housebuilder as a third-generation family member in 1961, becoming a director in 1966 and serving as chairman of Mactaggart & Mickel for eight years up to 2012. He continued to be a director of the business.

“His son Andrew, a fourth-generation family member, joined the company in 2000 and is homes chairman and group director.

“There will most likely be a post-mortem given the sudden nature of his death, therefore no further details are available at this time.

“The family would request for a period of privacy and respect to be observed at this time.”

Mactaggart & Mickel eyes Aberdeen market

Ed Monaghan

Ed Monaghan

Housebuilder and construction group Mactaggart & Mickel is planning to make a move into northeast Scotland.

The business, which has its headquarters in Glasgow and the bulk of its operations in the Central Belt, said it was part of the strategic-growth plan of the company to target work in Aberdeen.

Ed Monaghan, chief executive, told The Herald: “Our current focus is in our heartlands with an eye to moving into Aberdeen.”

Mr Monaghan indicated nothing is likely to happen in MacMic’s current financial year, which ends on April 30, 2015, but the company intends to pursue the opportunity in the Granite City sooner rather than later.

He said: “[Aberdeen] is for the medium term but something that is very much a focus of the group.”

While housebuilding provides the bulk of the company’s turnover it also has a general construction business, a timber frame systems arm and letting operations alongside commercial property and land interests.

Last week the group reported profits more than doubling to almost £8.1 million in the financial year to the end of April 2014 while turnover grew eight per cent to £58.5m.

Mactaggart & Mickel Group sees profits soar as it returns to pre-recession form

Ed Monaghan - right

Ed Monaghan – right

Mactaggart & Mickel Group has returned to pre-recession profit levels after strong sales from the Homes division, company-wide efficiencies and the sale of non-performing assets.

Publishing strong results for the year ended 30 April 2014, the housebuilder revealed that group turnover is up 8 per cent to £58.5 million (2013: £55.5m) with profits before tax soaring 233 per cent to £8.1m (2013: £2.4m).

The division Homes delivered turnover of £44m and gross profit of £10.7m with 133 completions for the year – nearly 10 per cent ahead of target. Three new developments were launched in Dalkeith, Milngavie and Bishopbriggs in addition to new phases at three established sites. At year end, forward sales for FYE April 2015 were at 54 per cent of the target.

Investment in factory automation and a management restructure have left Timber Systems well placed to drive growth in the coming year. Despite a decline in profit, strong growth is projected for the next financial year with a number of contracts already secured.

Profit in the Contracts division, which handed over its biggest project to date – the Athletes’ Village – on time and on budget, increased substantially to £3.2m (2013: £1.2m). It also increased its presence in the social housing market working with organisations like Falkirk Council and West of Scotland Housing Association. A healthy pipeline includes projects for East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire Councils.

Commercial Property income and profit increased steadily as retail developments in Airdrie, Ayr and Dalkeith secured tenants including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, the Co-operative and William Hill. Overall asset value currently stands at £7.5m.

Lettings income increased modestly to £3.3m. The National Housing Scheme project at Carrongrove has added 27 properties to the portfolio which are now fully let. Three properties were sold on with a capital income of £0.4m.

As for Strategic Land, the Group completed its first English land sale contract for 200 new homes in Shavington, Cheshire. Planning applications are now lodged for 1,023 units and its English land bank has increased to over 1,300 acres across 20 projects.

Chief executive Ed Monaghan said: “This is the third year of our five year plan and our focus has been on improving efficiency and effectiveness, the results of which are clearly demonstrated by the significant upturn in profit.

“Our Homes division has enjoyed a strong performance as confidence returns to the market with sales and footfall increasing consistently. We have to acknowledge the role Help to Buy (Scotland) has played in this, accounting for 11 per cent of purchases. With this pattern continuing well into the current financial year while funding was still available, it highlights how crucial initiatives that stimulate the market are to the industry.

“Social housing has been another key growth area for us with new partnerships with housing associations and local authorities demonstrating our ability to blend private sector innovation and expertise with the value for money requirements of public sector working.

“Our diversification strategy is bearing fruit but some of our most successful projects have integrated the specialist skills of several of our divisions, again showing the strength of partnership working to deliver an exceptional financial performance.”

Mactaggart & Mickel Group was named Housebuilder of the Year for the second consecutive year at the 2014 Homes for Scotland Awards in addition to securing the Best Medium Development for its innovative Polnoon site in Eaglesham, built in partnership with the Scottish Government. Site manager Stuart Gillespie, based at Greenan Views in Ayr, was recognised as the best in the UK in the Medium Builder category at the National House Building Council’s Pride in the Job Awards, considered the ‘Oscars’ of the industry.

Twenty is plenty for Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ site manager

Stuart win

From right: Malcolm MacLeod, NHBC’s director Scotland, Stuart Gillespie and Sir Muir Russell KCB FRSE, chairman of NHBC’s Scottish Committee

Mactaggart & Mickel Homes site manager Stuart Gillespie collected his 20th NHBC Pride in the Job award as he received the Seal of Excellence and scooped the Regional Award in the Medium Housebuilder category at this year’s Pride in the Job awards.

Known as the ‘oscars’ of the housebuilding industry, the Pride in the Job Awards, which took place earlier this month at the Glasgow Hilton Hotel, recognise exemplary commitment to building new homes of outstanding quality – something which Stuart has a great deal of experience in.

Stuart took home the award for his work on the Greenan Views development in Doonfoot, South Ayrshire. The development comprises a total of 97 homes in two phases; the most recent phase, “The Design Collection” offers a brand new range of detached and semi-detached house styles.

Stuart and his site team at Greenan Views were rigorously assessed by NHBC judges and scored on a variety of aspects including the quality of build as well as the overall organisation and management of the site.

Commenting on his win, Stuart said: “It’s great to get recognition from our industry peers for the effort put in on site every day. I work with a brilliant team, every one of whom is committed to producing work of the highest quality.  We strive to improve our performance each year and it’s gratifying to have our hard work rewarded in this way.”

Ed Monaghan, chief executive of Mactaggart & Mickel Group, said: “These awards are testament to the fantastic work carried out by Stuart and his team. As a company we are renowned for the quality of our homes and this would not be possible without the hard work of our site teams at every development.

“The fact that this marks Stuart’s 20th career award highlights his exemplary leadership in ensuring these standards are maintained.”

Stuart will now attend the NHBC Supreme Awards Lunch in London in January 2015 to compete against other regional winners from across the country.

Since joining Mactaggart & Mickel Homes as an apprentice joiner 24 years ago, Stuart has worked his way up through the ranks to site manager showing a real commitment to the company.

200 new homes planned for Athletes’ Village site

Plans will be lodged next week for the second phase of housing at the Athletes’ Village, in Glasgow which could see a further 200 new homes built at the site, according to the Evening Times.
 
A school and shops are also planned, with work due to start next year.
 
Developer City Legacy intends to lodge a formal notice with city planners saying it wants to press ahead with the next phase of the development.
 
The first phase involved 300 flats and houses for sale and 400 for social rented housing.
 
It had been thought it could be years before work started on the second tranche of housing. But the first homes proved so popular with buyers that they were snapped up much quicker than expected.
 
City Legacy is a consortium of Glasgow firms CCGCrudenMactaggart & Mickel and WH Malcolm.
 
The new development, on vacant land within the existing Village site, will also include new roads, landscaping and outdoor space.
 
Speaking on behalf of City Legacy, Calum Murray, managing director of CCG Homes, said: “The interest in The Village before, during and after the Commonwealth Games has been overwhelming and that’s why we have taken to decision to build more homes on the site.”
 
The decision was welcomed by Calton councillor George Redmond who said it was a vote of confidence in the area.
 
He added: “This shows Dalmarnock is a place people want to live.”
 
Archie Graham, the council’s Games spokesman, said: “The Athletes’ Village has already proven to be a great success.
 
“The application to build new homes no doubt reflects the confidence developers have in Dalmarnock as an area in which to live, work and invest.”