Boroughmuir High school Extension

Thomas & Adamson are pleased to be extending our portfolio of education projects for The City of Edinburgh Council, with the commencement of the next phase of Boroughmuir High School.

The construction contract has been awarded for the extension to the state-of-the-art school, which was completed in 2018. The new phase provides 12 new classrooms, offices and ground floor studio space with changing rooms. . The school’s ICT department will relocate to the extension which will also provide additional general purpose classrooms.

Thomas & Adamson project managed the original new build school which won a number of prestigious awards and are reappointed as project managers and principal designers for the extension project along with Holmes Miller, Will Rudd Davidson, Doig & Smith, Blackwoods.

Scott Castle MCIOB, Director said; “having secured our place in each of the new CEC frameworks for all of our disciplines and a multi disciplinary team, we are delighted to be returning to Boroughmuir to add to our other exciting CEC projects including Meadowbank Sports Centre due to complete later this year. ..”

Thomas & Adamson have extensive experience in the delivery of large scale public sector projects, in particular education and sports.

Thomas & Adamson have extensive experience in the delivery of large scale public sector projects, in particular education and sports.

Great Junction Street

Thomas & Adamson are delighted to be supporting Glencairn Properties (Scotland) Ltd in the transformation of Leith art deco cinema.

The project, located on Great Junction Street in Edinburgh will see the refurbishment of the existing Grade B listed building and demolition of the building to the rear and construction of a new 5-storey residential building, creating 37 designer apartments with parking.

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Bonnington Road

The City of Edinburgh Council are set to decide on planning for the new build-to-rent project in Bonnington, Edinburgh on February 17th.

Thomas & Adamson are providing cost management, employer’s agent and principal designer consultancy services for client Platform_. The development will transform a former industrial estate into a new build-to-rent complex, located in the Leith area of Edinburgh. The complex will consist of 453 apartments, commercial and social spaces.


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Platform_ build to rent project

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Cromwell Property Group M&G

Our client, Cromwell Property Group, has confirmed that M&G Plc has signed a 20-year lease on a new office building at the Kildean Business Park in Stirling. The building will be developed by the Stirling Development Agency (SDA), Cromwell’s joint venture with Stirling Council. Construction work starts on site in February 2021 and the building will be ready for occupation in 2022, creating the first substantial office development on the business park.

The building comprises c. 7,000 sq. m. of office and support accommodation arranged over three floors. An extensively planted landscape setting surrounds the building continuing the theme of avenues of trees and lines of beech hedging from the nearby Castle Business Park. Site boundaries are defined using mixed species hedges with specimen trees to enhance biodiversity and the riparian corridor at the embankment of the River Forth will be enhanced to give glimpses of the building from the M9 motorway.

An extensive consultation process led to the granting of Planning Permission for the project in June 2020 and the design team has developed a fully integrated scheme which combines the shell and core works with the tenant’s fit-out in a single construction contract.

The building itself has been designed to be elegant and simple with a sophisticated palette of materials. Verticality in the arrangement of the charcoal coloured brickwork panels contrasts with the horizontal nature of the office floor plates and umber coloured metal cladding and windows emphasise the rhythm of the façades.

The aim of the new business park is to create developments underpinned by the principles of sustainability. This will be achieved by incorporating sustainable design practices into the use of materials, infrastructure such as SUDS and inclusion of zero and low carbon equipment. Specifically, air source heat pumps provide heating and cooling with heat recovery heat pump air handling units providing the ventilation. In addition, accessibility and movement to and through the site by foot, cycle, public transport and car all contribute to the aspiration to provide an integrated, sustainable development.

The proposed building is targeting achievement of BREEAM ‘Excellent’.

This development will be a destination workplace that is firmly rooted in Stirling and the physical, cultural and social identities that define a new place have been brought together in this all-encompassing design which encourages collaboration in every part of the new environment from the arrival to the building through the flow of the interior to the relationship with the outside world.


joined a growing network of construction professionals and signed up to the RICS  Conflict Avoidance Pledge. The Conflict Avoidance Pledge (CAP) is being introduced by RICS to facilitate early resolution of lengthy, costly and business damaging dispute resolution cases.

CAP provides impartial, professionally qualified individuals to work for both sides of a dispute, and through research and understanding of the issue, aim to bring an early resolution.

Alastair Wallace senior partner said, “disputes occur within every industry, the majority are small, but blow up out of proportion with the damage often being irreversible. We are committed to the pledge and helping make a positive change in industry behaviour which will resolve issues through collaboration”

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Tom Goater

Monday 8th February marks the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2021. As part of the celebration of our emerging talent, we are showcasing some of Thomas & Adamson’s talented apprentices.

Throughout the week we will be introducing you to some of apprentices working across our various disciplines and offices.

Progress continues to be made on the exciting Virgin Hotel project in Edinburgh.  The project recently featured in the hotel industry Sleeper Magazine.

Thomas & Adamson are delighted to be part of the time providing project management and principal designer services.

Click for further project details: Virgin Hotel, Edinburgh

Hamish Paterson Graham Findlay

Thomas & Adamson are delighted to announce two Regional Director promotions.

Graham Findlay joined in October 2006 as Trainee M&E Surveyor and since then has undertaken both project manager and cost consultant roles on a wide range of projects. In recent years he has established himself as a specialist within our life sciences sector, successfully delivering a range of highly technical projects, including cleanrooms, laboratories and other projects with a high degree of technical complexity.  He has also become an expert within the drinks sector having assisted our clients with the construction of a number of distilleries and breweries.

Hamish Paterson joined in 2005 as a Building Surveyor, and over the past 15 years has contributed to and delivered a wide variety of projects across the public and private sectors.  Hamish has developed an extensive knowledge of the construction market and a diverse skill set which includes contract administration for refurbishments and alterations projects, professional services including acquisition surveys, condition surveys, dilapidations advice, and planned maintenance.  Within his new role he will lead the UK building surveying business.

Both Graham & Hamish are located within their Glasgow office, covering projects across the UK.

Alastair Wallace, Senior Partner commented, “both promotions are a result of hard work, commitment and dedication to Thomas & Adamson. Hamish and Graham have both established themselves as leaders in their field, highly respected by their clients and peers. Our people are our future and our business, and we are delighted to see them progress to the next chapter of their careers with Thomas & Adamson.”


JLR Jaguar Land Rover

Congratulations to Bennetts Associates for being awarded ‘commercial project of the year’ at 2020 Offsite Awards.

Their win was in recognition for the advanced product creation centres for Jaguar Land Rover.

John McGuire Partner said: we are delighted Bennetts Associates have been awarded this great accolade. Thomas & Adamson supported Bennetts Associates on this innovative project with cost management services. Well done from all at Thomas & Adamson’.