Lafferty steps up to operations director at Story Scotland

Civil engineering company Story Scotland has promoted Craig Lafferty to operations director, while also announcing a recruitment drive for new quantity surveyors and estimators following a period of multi-million-pound business growth.

Craig’s appointment to operations director acknowledges the success that he and the business has made growing its Scottish division, allowing the team to enjoy a greater presence in the market place. He joined the business in 2016 from Balfour Beatty and has worked in the industry for 21 years.

Lafferty steps up to operations director at Story Scotland

Craig Lafferty

Story Scotland, which is a division of family-owned infrastructure company Story Contracting, enjoyed record growth last year, and the division has expanded from just six employees in 2014 to 125 employees currently.

New business includes a five-year framework contract worth £135 million with Network Rail, which will see the Glasgow and Edinburgh-based company deliver a wide range of renewal and enhancement projects in Scotland during the next five years, refurbishing structures across the route and delivering improvements within stations.

The contract has been awarded as Network Rail prepares to invest over £4 billion in the Scottish network between 2019 and 2024. This will see Story recruiting up to 60 graduates, trainees and apprentices in Scotland across the five years.

Discussing his new role, Craig said: “As operations director for Story Scotland I am thrilled to be leading on the delivery of the five-year CP6 structures framework that we recently secured from Network Rail.

“My new role allows me to invest time into identifying our key talent and succession plans for the future years, which is something that I feel very passionate about. I believe that our growth and success in Scotland over the past four years is down to the exceptional people in our team. As such, we need to invest in their future to ensure that we continue to retain and attract the most talented individuals in the market which will help future proof the business.”

Craig added: “It is really important that we continue to work with our clients as partners, driving the projects forward together and ensuring that we develop long lasting relations that make us the partner of choice for the future.”

Due to the firm’s business growth it is recruiting new quantity surveyors and estimators at varying levels of experience into its commercial team based in Uddingston, Glasgow, to help support on a large number of upcoming projects.

Dave Gardiner, head of commercial at Story Scotland, explained: “Thanks to our recent business growth we are fortunate to be involved in more tenders than ever before, so we are looking to recruit hard-working, passionate individuals to join our strong Commercial team.  We place a great deal of importance on ensuring that we recruit the right people into our business to help us to achieve our goals.

“In recent years we have seen significant growth at Story Scotland and continue to build on this with the recent award of the Network Rail CP6 IP-SNE framework.  This, in conjunction with our involvement in the more traditional civils sector, provides us with a platform to further expand our Commercial team and provide a great opportunity to those looking to further their career with Story.”

Employment opportunities within the Story Scotland quantity surveying team are currently being advertised on Scottish Construction Now. For more information please visit here.

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