Thomas and Adamson are no strangers to hospitality projects, so it was fantastic news when India Buildings Limited announced us as project managers and quantity surveyors for the development of the first ever Virgin Hotel outside of the US.

The Edinburgh based five-star hotel will be a blend of bedrooms, bars, restaurants and conference facilities.

Brian Donaldson, Partner at Thomas & Adamson, said, “We are delighted to have been selected to work on an iconic project such as the country’s first Virgin Hotel, which has attracted such international interest. We have some fantastic hospitality projects under our belts across the UK and Middle East in particular, and we have a strong pipeline of growth coming through this year.’

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Another T&A project reaches completion, as Dundee City Council has confirmed completion of the authority’s newest secondary school, a £28.5m campus. The school enjoys its own gym and swimming pool together with artificial sports pitches, a garden and greenhouse.

Baldragon Academy welcomes pupils! Read more here.

T&A continue to act as Independent Certifier on a number of education and healthcare projects for Hub East Central.

Chris Narrowmore discusses Marischal Square; “Marischal Square is the first of its kind in Aberdeen’s city centre in terms of quality and standards for a mixed-use project.”

The demand for high quality mixed-use city centre developments is likely to continue into 2018, according to Thomas & Adamson, the project managers and contract administrators of Marischal Square, a landmark project that was handed over on Friday November 17th 2017, in Aberdeen city centre.

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Getting VAT-ready can be tricky in the UAE, Zander Muego, our UAE Director, offers possible solutions and proactive measures that could be taken to help protect suppliers from cashflow issues as a result of this year’s VAT introduction.

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Our latest hotel project has started to hit the press; the 150-bed Aloft Hotel is the first project in Phase 2 of the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre, which is being delivered by Aberdeen City Council and our client, Henry Boot Development. The hotel will be the first of its kind in Scotland, delivering a contemporary urban-style scheme. It is anticipated that the new AECC will create over 350 jobs and contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors and £113 million of visitor spend to the Scottish economy. Click here to read more about the project.

 

Thomas & Adamson are delighted to be appointed as Project Managers by The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, Muirfield, for the redevelopment of their clubhouse and starter’s accommodation. T&A have managed the project through the design and tender stage, working closely with Susan Stephan Architects and Harley Haddow Engineers, to ensure the design met the club’s requirements and budget. The project consists of a new 2 storey extension and redevelopment of the existing club facility, including new kitchen, locker room, merchandising area and new display cabinets for the incredible memorabilia for the future enjoyment of both members and visitors.

The project has now reached the construction phase with Thomas Johnstone now proceeding as the Principal Contractor.

Richard Summers, a club member and project co-ordinator, added “The Honourable Company are delighted that the project has now commenced on site. This milestone has been reached through the hard work of the design team and our Project Managers, Thomas & Adamson. We thank Thomas & Adamson for their professionalism and excellent advice that they have provided for the project to reach this stage and we look forward to continue this excellent relationship through the construction stage to a successful completion”.

This project continues T&A’s involvement in world class golfing facilities, which includes Abu Dhabi Golf Club (home of the annual European Tour HSBC Golf Championship), Address Montgomerie Dubai, and Royal Dornoch in Scotland.

Everyone at Thomas & Adamson is working hard to make T&A a great place to work. Over the past 18 months we have listened to everyone via a staff engagement programme, which has then informed a series of modernisation initiatives. And all that effort looks like it’s paying off with T&A included, for the first time ever, in Building Magazine’s top 50 Good Employers Guide. We scored particularly highly on ‘mental wellbeing’ and ‘smarter working’, and our staff turnover is among the lowest in the sector.

Thank you to everyone who took part in Building Magazine’s survey and for all your continued support, ideas and hard work.

T&A is delighted to have had our work shortlisted for another major award. Two of our recent projects, Rockville – National Theatre of Scotland HQ, and ORIAM – Scotland’s Sports Performance Centre, have made the shortlist in the Civic Trust Awards 2018. We’ll find out on the 9th of March whether the projects have won a commendation or an overall award. Fingers crossed…….

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Alastair Wallace

Predictions for post-Brexit Britain range considerably from expert to expert. However, Thomas & Adamson has today gone public with its view that there will still be plenty of opportunities in the UK construction sector even after Brexit.

Alastair Wallace is quoted in Housing Active and UK Construction Media as saying: “Although uncertainty has the potential to derail the industry in the short term, the construction sector has a unique opportunity in a post-Brexit world to market itself. We cannot wait on politicians to determine the sector’s success. We need to take the market by the horns and push ahead. There are still a lot of opportunities outside of government-funded projects and that’s what we as a company are focusing on.”

Trade body Construction Products Association is also positive about the overall construction output growth for 2017, which they expect to be 0.3 per cent higher than previously thought, at 1.6 per cent, beating their previous estimate of 1.3 per cent.

Alastair continued: “We remain focused on our key sectors: commercial, retail, hospitality and residential, as they are the strongest sectors in the UK right now. Life science and the high-tech sectors are also very strong for us and will remain so going forward into 2018 and beyond. We saw an increase in the number of new hires in 2017 compared to the previous year and our London team in particular has grown substantially.”

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