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.”

You can read the full articles at:
Housing Active and UK Construction Online

T&A’s annual charity football tournament took place on Friday 24 November, at Oriam, Scotland’s high performance sports centre.

8 teams took part, including; Harley Haddow, Holmes Miller, BAM Construction, Bowmer & Kirlkland, Thomas Johnston, TUV SUD, JM Architects, and T&A.

Bowmer & Kirkland went on to win our 2nd division trophy, while BAM were our overall champions.

Thank you to everyone who took part; together we raised £1400 for our charity partner Dreamflight.

Thomas & Adamson’s Brian Donaldson and Michael Beverley are featured in a new Business Leader article on how overseas and postgraduate students are fuelling the growth of student accommodation in the UK construction sector. You can read the full article here.

Thomas and Adamson is proud to announce that we have agreed to sponsor the Team Drummond Curling Team. Team Drummond is made up of four team members – Greg Drummond and Michael Goodfellow, who were part of the Silver medal winning team at the 2014 Sochi Olympic Games; Gregor Cannon who won Gold at the 2016 World Junior Championships and this year’s World University Games; and Ross Paterson, brother of our very own associate director, Hamish. With our backing, the team’s goals are next year’s World Championships followed by the 2022 Beijing Olympics. GO Team Drummond!

 

Last night Thomas & Adamson (T&A) and Ian Springford Architects (ISA) hosted a superb drinks reception to celebrate the refurbishment and launch of The Lampery bar and restaurant, a modern space in the heart of historic London.

Guests joined us, Apex Hotels management and industry contemporaries to experience the excellent culinary delights and hospitality in exquisite surroundings.

T&A provided quantity surveying services for the project, which further bolsters our experience and reputation in the hotels, food & beverage and leisure sectors.

We’re delighted to be project managing the proposed new Meadowbank sports complex in Edinburgh.

This continues our presence in the leisure sector and is ‘hot on the heels’ of delivering ORIAM, Scotland’s national performance centre for sport.

To read more about the development, click here.

Kings Head Theatre London

Our London QS team have recently been appointed on the new Kings Head Theatre which will be located within the £400m Islington Square development on an adjacent site just behind the pub. The proposals for the new venue include a 270-seat auditorium with an additional smaller 70-seat studio and bar.

The theatre spaces will be located four floors below ground level with a box office at ground level to direct patrons to the lower levels; the new entrance to the venue will be located feet away from the original King’s Head venue.

The King’s Head Theatre was founded (in its current venue, a public house) in 1970; and established the first pub theatre in London since Shakespeare’s day. Its current 110 seat auditorium has helped launch the careers of many leading British theatre actors, producers and directors including stars including Alan Rickman, Sir Ben Kingsley, Richard E. Grant, and French & Saunders. The venue offers a diverse programme of theatre and opera, with more than 800 performances in 2016, numerous prestigious award nominations and wins such as the Olivier Awards, as well as premiered stage performances such as Shock Treatment, the sequel to the Rocky Horror Picture Show.

Our UAE director Zander Muego, based in Dubai, speaks with Construction Week on the subject of “renovation of existing hotel stock in the emirate”. Zander explains that Thomas & Adamson has seen new and refurbishment projects being driven by the demand that will be generated by Expo 2020. Click here to read the article in full.