Paul McKay takes the reins at Muir Homes
Fife-based housebuilder Muir Homes has appointed Paul McKay as its new managing director.
With more than 45 years of experience building new homes across Scotland, Muir Homes is currently on site in six locations across North Lanarkshire, Aberdeenshire, Perthshire and Inverclyde.
The company’s aim is to build sustained profits in an ethical manner over the long term. Last year’s financial results showed turnover just over £43.5 million, and an increase in average house prices from £206,291 in 2019 to £216,746.
As managing director, Mr McKay will build on Muir Homes’ current success and reputation of delivering high quality homes for clients in collaboration with supply chain partners. He will also be responsible for managing and motivating the team to deliver the developments and provide exceptional customer service.
Paul started his career in 1989 as a trainee quantity surveyor with the Walker Group, formerly a private housebuilder in Livingston. He worked through the ranks and studied part-time for a BSc in Quantity Surveying at Edinburgh Napier University. He became chief quantity surveyor and was responsible for commercial, buying, estimating and land viability preparation. He was promoted to Commercial Manager and this included responsibility for construction.
He has over 33 years’ experience in the construction industry and 31 of those with Walker Group (Scotland) Ltd. Paul transferred to Springfield’s senior management team when it bought Walker Group, becoming the divisional operations director. Earlier this year, he took on a new role when the Walker and Larbert Springfield Central businesses were amalgamated. Paul became regional commercial director responsible for the housing divisions of Dawn Homes, Springfield Central and the Walker Group, reporting directly to the chief operating officer.
Paul said: “I am looking forward to working as part of a family-run company again. I understand all the disciplines of house building and understand the values of a family business. Previously, I have been involved in all the stages of development from land appraisals, negotiations with vendors and hands-on work as project manager with contractors to see a project to completion.
“I will bring this vital experience to my new role. I have also recently purchased a new build property and have been given the unique opportunity to view our business from a customer’s perspective. I want to explore each stage of buying and moving into a new home to see what improvements we can make to the customer journey.
“It is the right time for me to take on a new challenge. I am looking forward to working with a new team at Muir Homes to produce excellent work and sustain and build profits for the business.”
Commenting on the new appointment, John Muir, chairman at Muir Group, said: “Paul has a tremendous track record and I am pleased he is heading up the team at Muir Homes. He has a wealth of experience across the housing sector. He has joined at a very busy time and during a pandemic. However, he is incredibly capable and talented and we are glad he is on board to bring a fresh perspective and drive the business to greater success.”