International construction and property consultancy, Thomas & Adamson, has appointed Ross Carlow as Regional Director to drive the company’s ambitious growth plans in the Middle East market.

Carlow brings a wealth of experience and strategic leadership skills to the business, having spent over 11 years in the UAE. His experience includes working with some of the UAE’s leading property developers, in addition to time spent in consultancy and housebuilding in Austalia and the UK respectively. In his role as Regional Director, he will be responsible for the development and implementation of the company’s business strategy and expansion plans in the region.

The appointment reinforces the company’s commitment to the Middle East and the UAE market in particular, as they celebrate a decade in Abu Dhabi and five years since setting up base in Dubai.

Les Banks, International Partner at Thomas & Adamson said: “Ross’s appointment adds further strength to our management team as we continue to drive expansion in the Middle East, and increase our service offering to the clients we serve.

“His track record, connections and intimate knowledge of the construction industry will undoubtedly bolster our international offering and add great value to our clients and their projects. I have no doubt his energy and drive will significantly help support the next stages of our ambitious growth plans, and we are thrilled to welcome him to the team.”

Carlow added: “I am delighted to be joining Thomas & Adamson in what marks an exciting year and significant milestone for the business in the Middle East. Thomas & Adamson have a strong reputation in the region and have successfully delivered a number of prestigious projects over the years with a clear focus on providing a high standard of service and ensuring best value is achieved for their clients. I look forward to contributing to the continued success of the Middle East business and delivering the strategy and vision Thomas & Adamson have for the region moving forward.”

In recent years, Thomas and Adamson has experienced a string of new contract wins, which includes the project management and cost consulancy of the first phase of a five-year redevelopment of the Al Wathba Prison and strategic advisory and cost management for the Crown Prince Court’s activities on the UAE’s 47th National Day last month.

Construction and property consultancy, Thomas & Adamson, has been appointed as Principal Designer on two new projects in Edinburgh and East Lothian.

The first has seen T&A monitor the safe installation of the Edinburgh City Christmas lights and Christmas tree on The Mound. This is the 4th consecutive year that the company has overseen the Christmas lighting project to ensure that the installation was properly planned and monitored to guarantee the safety of the general public and the contractors involved.

The company has also been appointed by the Convener of St Mary’s Collegiate Church, Haddington as Principal Designer for a project at the 14th Century, Grade “A” Listed Church. The plan will see the internal lighting, lighting wiring and controls replaced, with T&A responsible for ensuring that the installation of the new lighting can be carried out safely by the appointed contractor.

The work at St Mary’s will be carried out in phases to accommodate the continual use of the church during the re-lighting, with a planned end-date for June 2019.

Work on the Edinburgh City Christmas Lights is under-way, with the lighting and Christmas tree installed and set to be removed in February 2019.

Clive Wilmott, Senior Safety Consultant at Thomas & Adamson, said: “We’re excited to be selected again to work on two fantastic projects. The Edinburgh Christmas lights and tree will, as always, be a focal point of the city during the holidays, and it’s a privilege for us to help ensure the safe enjoyment of this festive highlight.

“Having also previously worked on a project at St. Mary’s Church, we know how treasured it is as a landmark in Haddington. We are hugely appreciative of the opportunity to help usher in a new era for the Listed site by overseeing the safe replacement of its lighting.

“Our Project Safety credentials and expertise will be an integral part of delivering both projects successfully. We are confident in our ability to safeguard the planned work, and our repeat appointment by both clients is testament to the success we’ve had working on similar projects in the past.”


Construction and property consultants, Thomas & Adamson, have completed a series of project handovers, for the Carlton Hotel Collection’s £20m luxury Market Street hotel in Edinburgh and St Michael’s Retail Park in Basingstoke.

The firm provided Cost Management services for the four-star hotel on Market Street, on behalf of EDI Group Ltd.

The 98-room boutique hotel, which is due to open early next year, is located within the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, after laying derelict for 50 years.  It will offer visitors panoramic views across the Waverley Valley and will be the first hotel in Scotland to be selected as a member of Design Hotels TM.

Work has also completed on St Michael’s Retail and Leisure Park, a brand new development in Basingstoke that is home to lifestyle brands that include Aldi, Tapi, Wren Kitchens, Nando’s and Costa.

Over a period of 10 months, Thomas & Adamson project managed the construction of the new retail and leisure park, which features 95,786 SqFt of Ground Floor A1 Retail, 56,950 SqFt of Mezzanine Space and 13,300 SqFt of A3 Restaurant Space.

Alastair Wallace, Senior Partner at Thomas & Adamson said; “We have worked closely with our partners to successfully deliver two state-of-the-art facilities, each serving a different purpose to the areas in which they operate. As an Edinburgh business it is great to finally see the gap on Market Street being developed, and with such a contemporary design that really complements the unique architecture of Edinburgh’s Old Town.

“St Michael’s Retail Park has created jobs in the community and revamped an area that has lay derelict since the 90s. These projects are excellent examples of our continued work in the hotel and retail sectors; working to deliver a project designed from the ground up.  It’s been a great experience bringing our shared vision to life”.

International construction and property consultancy, Thomas & Adamson, has strengthened its London arm for 2019 with the appointment of a new Regional Director.

David Lane re-joins the company after a two-year period away and will be responsible for the QS department in the London office. Lane brings a wealth of experience to the role, having previously worked across a wide range of sectors including residential, hotel and leisure and retail.

The appointment reinforces the company’s commitment to significantly expand Thomas & Adamson’s London presence. It is anticipated that the London office will play a significant role in our planned growth over the next 5 years, and the appointment of a new senior figure in the capital will bolster the team at this crucial early juncture before the five-year plan commences in February 2019.

Alastair Wallace, Senior Partner at Thomas & Adamson said: “2019 will be a pivotal year for Thomas & Adamson, and in particular our London office. As we kick off our ambitious five-year strategy, we are delighted that David has re-joined the team to help oversee the expansion. This is a significant appointment that reaffirms the confidence and belief we have in our new business plan.”

“We are certain that, with his experience, knowledge, and exceptional skillset, David will be a driving force in the success of our growing London office.”

Construction and property consultants, Thomas & Adamson, have been appointed by Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Court to provide Strategic Advisory Services for the 2018 event marking National Day 47.

The celebrations, taking place on Sunday 2nd December at Zayed Sports City in front of a crowd of 22,000, will see T&A involved in the contractual, cost management and budgetary control for the event, that will mark the 47th anniversary of the creation of the United Arab Emirates.

This year’s production, ‘This is Zayed. This is the UAE’ is particularly significant as it brings to a close the ‘Year of Zayed’ celebrations, marking the centenary of the birth of The Late Sheikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the country’s founding Father. The show will feature live performances, light effects, inspirational readings and visual art.

Andrew Mason, Director of Strategic Advisory Services based in Thomas & Adamson’s Abu Dhabi office said: “Due to the scale, relative complexity and unique nature of the show, it has been vitally important during each stage of the project to ensure that any contractual risks were mitigated whilst maximising the available budget.”

Rudolph Van Wyk, Director of Cost Management based in Thomas and Adamson’s Dubai office added: “It’s an honour for Thomas & Adamson to be involved in a project of such national importance during the Year of Zayed. Working with creative and production partners in a spirit of mutual trust, understanding and co-operation for a knowledgeable and respected client has been a privilege.”

Construction and property consultancy, Thomas & Adamson, has been appointed as

Quantity Surveyor and Contract Administrator for the multi-million-pound re-development of the historic David Stow Building, centre piece of Strathclyde University’s former Jordanhill Campus.

The project will see T&A deliver QS services and manage the construction process for CALA Homes (West) £100m plan, which includes over 400 luxury homes built on the 31-acre site.

With the first homes set to be delivered early 2020, Thomas & Adamson will begin immediate work on-site, and will drive the delivery of the 67 apartments  alongside the developer on the landmark project.

Chris Narrowmore, Partner at Thomas & Adamson said: “Jordanhill Park offers the former campus site a new lease of life after it ceased to be a teacher training facility in 2012, and residents will be able to enjoy luxury living in a location steeped in history. CALA’s sensitive and sympathetic conversion of the David Stow building will preserve the Grade B Listed building’s past and secure its long-term future, and it’s great to see this legacy will live on.

“Our international QS and Contract Administrator credentials and expertise working within the new home build sector will prove essential in the delivery of this project. The scale and complexity of it speaks for itself, and we have a strong track-record in working in this type of environment. We look forward to working with all parties over the next year and being involved in such a pivotal project.”

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Construction and property consultants, Thomas & Adamson, have been appointed as Principal Designer of the new flagship store for Johnstons of Elgin, due to open in Edinburgh Multrees Walk early next year.

Their newest UK store will be fitted out by leading design and architect agency Four-by-Two and occupy two floors of Multrees Walk just off the heart of St Andrew’s Square – a prominent luxury retail address within Edinburgh’s style mile.

Principal Designer role is a legal requirement for construction projects, implemented in 2015 by the Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM2015). Thomas & Adamson will manage health and safety in the design phase of the project and provide

Four-by-Two with competent advice throughout, ensuring they are aware of their responsibility within the 2015 regulations and ensuring the principal contractor is also complying with health and safety legislation.

Les Banks, Partner in Charge of UK Construction Safety Services at Thomas and Adamson, said: “Multrees Walk is the home of luxury retail in Edinburgh. The addition of Johnstons of Elgin enriches the existing retailers and provides Edinburgh residents and visitors the opportunity to purchase beautiful cashmere and knitwear, expertly manufactured in Scotland.

“It’s a privilege to work alongside Four-By-Two to undertake the role of Principal Designer. With their extensive experience in interior, architecture and branding you can expect the store will be finished to an exceptionally high standard. We look forward to the opening of the new store early next year.”

Thomas and Adamson have been supporting the construction and commercial property sector for over 80 years, with their extensive experience they offer a wide range of services including Construction Safety Services, Project Management, Cost Management, Building Surveying, Mechanical & Engineering Services Solutions and Facilities Management, to name a few.

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Les Banks, Partner and International Director at Thomas & Adamson will be speaking at Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce event, Exploring business opportunities in the UAE, 23rd October 2019. Les will be discussing the pros and cons of setting up business in the UAE.

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International property and construction consultants Thomas & Adamson have been operating over 85 years across Europe, the Middle East and USA.  Thomas & Adamson support leading organisations through the challenges of procuring, delivery and operating their built assets.  Their range of consultancy services include; project management, cost management, building surveying, construction safety services, and facilities management.

Alastair Wallace, Senior Partner comments ‘We are delighted to be part of the 2019 property awards and sponsor of the Regeneration Project of the Year award. As property and construction consultants we have played an integral part in a number of UK regeneration projects and understand the value and importance these projects have on communities.”