McGill collapse ‘will not impact’ Angus home alarm contract

McGill collapse 'will not impact' Angus home alarm contract

McGill had contracts with councils and housing associations before its collapse

The collapse of Dundee contractor McGill will not affect the installation of smoke alarms to council homes throughout Angus, the local authority has confirmed.

The construction company plunged into administration last month with the loss of more than 60 jobs.

Given the firm’s contracts with councils and housing associations, the ramifications of the collapse were raised at this week’s meeting of Angus Council’s communities committee.

Laws requiring all households to have interlinked fire alarm systems came into force on February 1, and the vast majority of Angus Council houses now have new alarms installed.

But, The Courier reports, Arbroath councillor Derek Wann sought assurances over the remainder.

“Are we confident we have got someone to replace Mcgill for this work?” he said.

“These were supposed to be done by February, but there may have been an extension from the Scottish Government to get this completed.”

Housing official Gavin Balfour responded: “We’re well on with the smoke detectors.

“The only remaining ones are tenants where we have had difficulty gaining access.”

“We did have three contracts,” said Mr Balfour.

“The work McGill had will now have an alternative contractor and be carried out.”

Fife Council is among other local authorities reviewing contracts it had with the Dundee company.

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