Ogilvie Group

Work starts to deliver new boutique hotel in Edinburgh

Ogilvie Construction has broken ground on an £18 million project to build a 4 star boutique hotel in Edinburgh’s West End at Torphichen Street.

The 150-bedroom hotel is being built for Axcel Hospitality and will incorporate a restaurant, bar and leisure facilities. The project is due for completion in early 2020.

The structural frame for the building has been developed as a precast concrete and structural steelwork hybrid founded on a drilled piling solution. The new hotel will be built to eight storeys with a façade of mostly natural stone.

Donald MacDonald, managing director at Ogilvie Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and look forward to delivering a high quality building. Our team has an extensive and successful track record in the hotel and leisure sector and will work closely with the client throughout the project to ensure that the hotel meets every need of future guests.”

Ogilvie merges surveying businesses into Malcolm Hughes

Nick Hampson, Malcolm Hughes MD

Ogilvie Group has restructured its surveying businesses to operate under the Malcolm Hughes brand, creating one of the largest companies in the sector.

The Group’s other established surveying businesses, Loy Surveys and Longdin and Browning have been merged into Malcolm Hughes. The business will continue to operate from its six existing offices across the UK.

Malcolm Hughes provides a full range of innovative Topographical, Hydrographic, Engineering and Geospatial survey solutions across a broad range of sectors including roads, railways and waterways.

Nick Hampson, managing director at Malcolm Hughes, said: “In the last year we have seen the business undergo significant evolution since becoming part of the Ogilvie Group. The move to unify all of the surveying businesses under the Malcolm Hughes brand is part of our long term strategic growth plan and gives the business a clear identity in the market, backed up by our reputation for quality and service.

“Our teams are among the most experienced specialists in the sector and they are supported by continued investment in new and evolving technology. We are confident that this combination will continue to drive business forward and reinforce our position as a major player in the industry.”

Richard Jenkins joins senior team at Ogilvie Construction

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins

Richard Jenkins has joined the Board of Ogilvie Construction as commercial director following the retirement of George Mackie.

A veteran of the Scottish construction sector with over 25 years’ experience of managing major projects to successful delivery for Lendlease and Laing O’Rourke, Richard will play a key role at Ogilvie overseeing surveying.

Donald MacDonald, managing director, Ogilvie Construction, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Richard to the business. He brings a wealth of experience to the business and is an important addition to the team, which is focussed on delivering the highest standards of quality and service to our customers.”

Perth City Hall and Perth Museum and Art Gallery designers selected

Perth City Hall Mecanoo 3

Mecanoo’s plans for Perth City Hall

The designers for the revamped Perth City Hall and Perth Museum and Art Gallery have been unveiled following a competitive process.

Metaphor has been appointed as the “interpretation and exhibition designers” for the city centre venues and will work with Mecanoo and Hoskins Architects, the architects of the respective projects, to develop new interiors and exhibition spaces in both buildings and bring the stories of Perth’s Ancient Roots and its Modern Scots to life.

London-based design practice Metaphor has a track record of major cultural projects in the UK and beyond which include Shakespeare’s Globe, the Ashmolean Museum, major galleries in the V&A London and in the National Museums and Galleries of Scotland. It is currently developing the exhibitions for the proposed St Kilda visitor centre to be located on Lewis.

Councillor Ian Campbell, leader of Perth & Kinross Council, said: “The council’s plans to make culture accessible to everyone have taken another step forward with the appointment of Metaphor. Interpreting and explaining art and artefacts is a key part of a successful cultural venue and will ensure the Museum and City Hall are the top-class attractions that Perth and Kinross deserves.”

Helen Smout, chief executive of Culture Perth and Kinross, added: “The museum collections of Perth and Kinross are of National Significance and we will be bringing the stories they tell to life at City Hall and Perth Museum – for local people and visitors from across the UK and the world.”

Dutch practice Mecanoo was appointed to transform Perth City Hall into a £20 million major arts hub in August.

BAM Construction will work with hub East Central Scotland to redevelop the Edwarian building, with construction expected to start work in 2019 and the grand opening scheduled for 2021.

The contractor will also lead the £10m Hoskins Architects-designed revamp of Perth Museum and Art Gallery with Ogilvie Construction tasked with building the new collection store on a separate site.

Ogilvie completes student development at Edinburgh’s Old Printworks

The Old PrintworksA new 237 bed purpose-built student accommodation development at The Old Printworks in Edinburgh has been completed in time for the 2017/18 academic year.

Delivered by Crosslane Student Developments on behalf of the Unite Group, the £31 million development was completed by Ogilvie Construction and is now fully let for the upcoming year.

The Old Printworks is located in central Edinburgh, a short walk from the University of Edinburgh campus and close to the historic Royal Mile. Work on the development began in January 2016 and the building celebrated a successful topping out ceremony in March 2017. The high specification city centre scheme comprises 44 studio apartments and 193 beds in clusters of between three to nine flats over five storeys. Students can also enjoy a range of high quality communal facilities including a common room, meeting space, laundry facilities, gym and bike storage.

Crosslane first entered the Edinburgh market in 2011, successfully advising on the purchase of Meadow Court, a 148 bed student accommodation property on Sciennes in Edinburgh. Since then, Prime Student Living, the student accommodation lettings and operational management arm of the Crosslane Group, has managed Meadow Court and together with McLaren Property in August 2017 announced details of the high-specification refurbishment of the entire development.

In August 2017, Crosslane secured planning consent for the development of an 83 bed purpose-built student accommodation project on Calton Road, conveniently located nearby to Holyrood Park.

Jon Stewart, director of Crosslane Student Developments, said: “Crosslane is delighted to have developed The Old Printworks student accommodation scheme in central Edinburgh, on behalf of Unite. The development has been completed on budget, ahead of the start of the academic year and is fully let.

“Understanding the needs of students is vital to Crosslane’s established track record and the fact it is fully let is testament that The Old Printworks provides the facilities and services that students want and helps to meet the demand for purpose-built, high-quality, student accommodation in this popular student city.”

Donald MacDonald, managing director, Ogilvie Construction, added: “Our teams at Ogilvie are specialists in building student accommodation and have delivered another quality building, constructed to the highest standards. It provides a premium living environment for students studying in Edinburgh.”

And finally… UK’s first student accommodation to feature a helter-skelter slide opens in Glasgow

Festival Space with slideStudent accommodation provider true has opened its doors to Glasgow’s newest development in the city’s Finnieston area.

This state-of-the-art new development offers students the coolest accommodation available – complete with a Google-inspired helter-skelter slide.

The new accommodation complex hosts 589 beds, made up of true club suites (studios) and bedrooms in shared apartments. All rooms are en suite.

Festival SpaceStudents living here can take advantage of some of the best on-site amenities available. It’s the only student accommodation in the UK to boast a giant slide as well as indoor swings, a dedicated festival space with music caravan, a cinema, a meeting hub, a library, a café, a fully-staffed gym with classes, a multi-sport all-weather pitch, extra bookable dining rooms, and separate accommodation suites for when family or friends visit.

true student ambassador Emily Christianson

true student ambassador Emily Christianson

Marc Carter, managing director at true said: “The students coming in have been very excited about, and happy with, their new accommodation, and of course the slide is a huge talking point!

“Studying at university is such an important time in life and we are committed to supporting our residents in getting the very best from the experience, starting with first-class accommodation, but more importantly extending to the inclusive, family-like community we are creating here.

“We want our residents to be happy, healthy, and successful, both during and beyond their time with us at true Glasgow West End, so we have put together a programme of events, activities, and entertainment for them which will help them get the most from their studies, social lives, and personal development.”

true Glasgow West Endtrue also plans to start work on a second site at New City Road, Glasgow, early next year, to be ready for students in September 2019.

Designed by KKA Architects and delivered by main contractor Ogilvie Construction, the development in Kelvinhaugh Street was built using an innovative modular construction method, which allowed for a much faster build with better overall sustainability and performance designed into the building. It is the first student accommodation built this way in the UK.

Ogilvie completes £18.5m Aberdeen school

Orchard Brae School - image credit Niall Hastie Photography

Orchard Brae School – image credit Niall Hastie Photography

Ogilvie Construction has successfully completed Aberdeen’s £18.5 million Centre of Excellence, which is the first of its kind in Scotland.

Orchard Brae School will be a hub for best practice in supporting pupils with Additional Support Needs (ASN) from across Aberdeen.

As well as functioning as a school, Orchard Brae will act as a community hub for families, ASN parents / groups and charities to access, as well as a hub for outreach services such as speech, language and autism support.

The innovative development will also provide a new resource centre for ASN teaching and training and a multi-agency facility for health, education, social work and family support.

Orchard Brae school boasts a swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, soft play and sensory rooms, wildlife and growing gardens and specialist art and home economic areas as well as specially designed play areas.

Adjoining the school is the pioneering Howes Hoose which supports pupils to learn about independent living, with a bedroom, kitchen and living space where the children can develop life skills in a home setting.

Aberdeen City Council leader, Councillor Jenny Laing, who was given a tour of Orchard Brae, said: “It’s fantastic to be able to visit such an amazing facility, the first of its kind in Scotland, right here in Aberdeen. This is more than a school; it’s a Centre for Excellence that is leading the way nationally as a central point from which children and young people who have additional support needs, and their families, can access support and guidance from a range of partners.”

Donald MacDonald, managing director, Ogilvie Construction, said: “Our team worked closely with Aberdeen Council to ensure that this complex project was delivered successfully, creating a high-quality learning that meets the needs of the community.”

Caroline Stirton, the executive head teacher at Orchard Brae, said: “This is such a proud day for me personally and everyone connected with Orchard Brae. We’ve put in so much hard work, research thought and planning into the design of the Centre of Excellence and we are really looking forward to welcoming our pupils and their parents to their new school.”

Gayle Gorman, director of education and children’s services, added: “This Centre of Excellence will be central to improving educational outcomes for pupils for generations to come.”

Orchard Brae School will provide education and support for up to 150 full-time children and young people aged 3 to 18 years, with severe and complex educational and medical needs, from across Aberdeen, and replaces Woodlands School and Hazelwood School. A pre-school additional support service, previously provided in Seaton School, will also be relocated to the new facility.

Ogilvie unveils Glasgow Motel One progress with ‘mesmerizing’ time lapse video

motel-one oswald-street-glasgowOgilvie Construction has showcased its work to deliver the new £22 million hotel for Motel One Group in Glasgow with a time lapse video of the project.

With 374 rooms, the new hotel on Oswald Street will be one of the largest in Scotland and the first in Glasgow for the European budget designer brand.

The contractor recently reached a milestone in the project with the completion of the roof deck and concrete frame.

Construction consultancy AFA and architects Leach Rhodes Walker are amongst the project team.

Ogilvie Construction was also behind the Motel One on Princes Street in Edinburgh, which opened in 2014.

Four RoSPA golds in a row for Ogilvie

RoSPA Gold AwardOgilvie Construction has achieved its fourth successive Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in this year’s Occupational Health & Safety Awards.

The award was achieved during a special year for the family-safety charity, as it celebrates its centenary.

Through the scheme, which is open to businesses and organisations of all types and sizes from across the UK and overseas, judges consider entrants’ overarching occupational health and safety management systems, including practices such as leadership and workforce involvement.

Donald MacDonald, managing director at Ogilvie Construction, said: “This award once again recognises our commitment to maintaining consistently high standards of health and safety across all areas of our operations. Safety is at the heart of everything that we do and we are delighted to receive another gold award.”

Julia Small, RoSPA’s head of awards and events, added: “The RoSPA Awards are the most prestigious in the world of occupational health and safety and held in high regard around the world, as winning one demonstrates an organisation’s commitment to maintaining an excellent health and safety record. Achieving the standard required is no mean feat.

“This is a special year in the history of RoSPA and we congratulate all of our winners in this, our centenary year.”

Ogilvie wins £4m housing contract in Dundee for Hillcrest

Ogilvie DundeeHillcrest Housing Association has awarded Ogilvie Construction a £4 million contract to build 40 new homes in Dundee.

The development will create new social housing for the city on vacant land on Eliza Street and comprises 36 flats and 4 semi-detached homes.

Work is due to start on site at the end of July and complete in summer 2018.

All the homes will be built to the Greener Homes Innovation Scheme standard using modern sustainable construction methods and creating fuel efficient homes that reduce energy bills.

Donald MacDonald, managing director at Ogilvie Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been chosen to build the new homes and will be working closely with Hillcrest Housing Association to deliver high quality homes for their future tenants. Throughout the project our team will engage with the local community to consider their needs and ensure the minimum disruption in the immediate area.”

David Zwirlein, director of development and new business at the Hillcrest Group, added: “Working with Ogilvie Construction to deliver 40 new homes in Dundee continues our commitment to providing much needed affordable housing in the city.  Providing energy efficient homes is always a priority for us to help reduce the cost for tenants once they have moved in.  We’re looking forward to getting started on the site and watching the project come together.”