Zander Muego, Partner at Thomas & Adamson talks hotel projects and highlights the challenges of dealing with change of use, listed buildings and conversion.

“Dealing with the conversion or renovation of existing buildings to form new hotel assets can be a complex and challenging process. Hotel development is a risky business and this risk is only enhanced by the specific challenges that adaption of an existing building creates.

Risk allocation and procurement of construction services
Whilst an experienced project team will endeavour to mitigate the known risks during the pre-construction stage, how risks are subsequently allocated between contractor and employer as the project moves into the construction stage can be key to the successful procurement and subsequent construction process.

An imbalance in risk allocation in favour of the employer can result in either a lack of contractor interest in tendering for the work or excessive pricing, which ultimately threatens the financial appraisal. Whereas retaining too much risk as the employer can result in excessive cost escalation during the construction stage.

Achieving an appropriate balance of risk allocation is essential if the procurement process is to be a success.

Implementation of fire regulations within existing structures
One inevitable risk on every change-of-use or conversion project is the development and implementation of an appropriate fire strategy. In particular, bringing the existing structure up to current standards and achieving the required level of fire protection between floors and walls, can come with considerable time and cost implications.

There can be many challenges both in establishing the performance of the existing frame and establishing the subsequent design solution. If any aspect of this is left to the construction stage, it can cause considerable disruption.

Retention or restoration of listed features
Being headquartered in Edinburgh, where the city centre is designated a UNESCO World Heritage site, we have gained considerable experience delivering projects that often involve significant refurbishment works while retaining existing listed features.

Bringing buildings back to life, often from a significantly dilapidated condition, requires intelligent design solutions, early engagement with a specialist supply chain and carefully planned and controlled site works.

While it can be a hugely challenging process, delivering these projects is a hugely rewarding process.”

Collaborating with an experienced team that understand these challenges is critical to the success of a development. At Thomas & Adamson we have delivered and are currently working on several complex hotel projects. If you would like to find out more about our experience and how we can support your project, contact

Thomas & Adamson Dubai Office are delighted to be providing cost management services for a new high-end residential development on the Palm Jumeirah.’

#Dubai #construction #residential #costmanagement #property #jumeirah #palmjumeirah

Thomas & Adamson are delighted to have sponsored Milnathort Golf Club 2021 Junior prize giving.

Alastair Wallace, Senior Partner, said ‘it’s a privilege to be able to support Milnathort Golf Club. Golf is passion of mine and great to work with Milnathort Golf Club who support the community to remove the barriers for young people wanting to play golf and enable the next generation of golfers evolve’.

Congratulations and well done to all the juniors.

#community #golf #prizegiving2021 #golfing #juniorgolf

Expo 2020 Dubai

Just over 3 days until Expo 2020 Dubai starts!

Thomas & Adamson are excited for the forthcoming opening of Expo 2020 having provided project management and cost management services on a number of the pavilions. We are proud to have played our part in this once in a lifetime project.

#expo2020dubai #expodubai #expodubai2020 #projectmangement #costmanagement #expo2020

Thomas & Adamson UAE team were delighted to attend the Construction Week Leaders in Construction Summit this week and engage with some interesting and informative discussions around the future of the UAE construction sector, including Expo 2020 Dubai legacy and Dubai 2040 Urban Master Plan .

#projectmanagement #costmanagement #construction #uae #expo2020 #leaders

Thomas & Adamson are proud to be a partner and supporter of Alzheimer Scotland and their vital work in generating awareness and improving the lives of people living with dementia.

Alzheimer’s Scotland are today hosting their virtual annual conference which is available for everyone to join.

#worldalzheimersday #worldalzheimersmonth #alzheimersawareness #partnership

Congratulations to Roar on winning Interior Design of the Year: Office at the 2021 Commercial Interior Design Awards for the Early Childhood Development Authority Offices in Abu Dhabi.

Thomas & Adamson International are very proud to have this project in our portfolio and look forward to delivering more successful projects together in the future.’

The Big 5 Dubai World Trade 2021

Thomas & Adamson Dubai Office are delighted to have attended The Big 5 – International Building & Construction Show at Dubai World Trade Centre this week.

The Big 5 is the only live in-person event connecting the construction industry in 2021. We have enjoyed catching up with clients and business partners throughout the week.

#thebig5 #uae #dubai #projectmanagement #constructionmanagement #constr #construction



Congratulations to Bennetts Associates on their RIBA National Award for Advanced Product Creation Centre for Jaguar Land Rover.

Well done from everyone at Thomas & Adamson

#architects #architecture #2021awards

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With just a couple of days until the Rise to the Challenge event by Buccleuch Property and our team are getting challenge ready!

Brian Donaldson and John Rickett took time out for a mini team photoshoot (the rest of the team (Colin Craig and Murray Halliday) were busy training…)

Good luck guys!