News: Feb 2017
Building upon solid foundations in Scotland’s construction industry
We are making further investment in the Scottish market this year encouraged by real signs of growth in Scotland’s construction industry.
We opened our first office in Stirling two years ago to support increasing business opportunities developing in Scotland. Our Scottish division has now taken on more staff and moved into larger premises at Stirling University’s Innovation Park; to both accommodate the bigger team and facilitate further expansion plans later this year.
Over eighty per cent of our business in Scotland is within the construction industry, encompassing both industrial and residential sectors.
The team is currently working on a variety of construction projects including a large scale residential development in the Scottish Borders, and following our appointment as Owner’s Assistant to leading tyre manufacturer, Michelin Tyre PLC, the team is now supervising the construction phase of the new tyre curing workshop in Dundee, due to be complete in May this year.
In Forres, we have recently completed a renovation project for the Glasgow School of Arts new research and teaching facility at Altyre Estate. The scope of work included converting collection of Grade A listed building into a world-class university research facility, featuring an art studio and exhibition rooms, lecture halls and a laboratory.
Principal Engineer Alex Sinclair commented:
“There is a great deal of new activity within the Scottish construction market already this year. There are many projects that have recently been given the go-ahead, which means a lot of work for suppliers though out the sector. To make the most of the opportunity, we have recently become an SER Approved Certifier for Design so we can now extend our structural engineering services to existing and new clients.
Also in the region, we foresee a big opportunity for construction works associated with the decommissioning of North Sea oil and gas installations. This will require significant onshore facilitates to accommodate and could be a massive opportunity and work for generations to come.”
Nigel Huish, Managing Director commented:
“We are very encouraged by the growth in our Scottish business, the market has undoubtedly changed in the last two years with less resource going into renewables and more focus on construction. As a multidisciplinary agency we have been able to adapt and capitalise on the opportunities presented.
Scotland continues offers compelling business opportunities for Idom Merebrook, and with a growing customer base here we are delighted to be able to expand and develop our resources.”