Progress continues at the former Scottish & Newcastle Brewery site, Fountainbridge in Edinburgh.

Thomas & Adamson have been working on multiple Fountainbridge projects over the years and were delighted to have been appointed by The City of Edinburgh Council and their Development and Regeneration Team  to provide project management, quantity surveying and principal designer services for some recently completed enabling works.

The project was part of the redevelopment and masterplan of the Central and East plots at the former brewery site.

#projectmanagement #construction #redevelopment #rics

Steven Gordon Fitness

We certainly kicked off Monday morning with a bang with our first private HIIT class by Steven Gordon Fitness.

Alastair Wallace said, ‘the wellbeing of our team is our number one priority. We have been working hard to ensure everyone at Thomas & Adamson is supported throughout the many challenges of this last year and introduced a range of support programmes. Understandably, everyone needs different emotional and physical support, we have developed a wide range of support: our wellbeing platform provides a varied range of information/techniques, regular online social events, one to one call, 24/7 counselling, mindfulness techniques and today we started our latest initiative with an online private fitness class with Steven Gordon Fitness.

I have known Steven for several years and delighted to see his venture into corporate fitness. Not everyone is a morning person, but it was great to see so many of the Thomas & Adamson family, across the UK, of all ages and fitness ability taking part this morning.

Steven is great at providing one class suitable for all fitness levels, plus additional support beyond the virtual class. For anyone looking at new ways to support their team contact Steven Gordon Fitness to discuss developing a bespoke class and package to support a fit, happy, and healthy team.

Scottish Property Awards 2021 take place tonight, good luck to our clients and projects finalists:

Property Company of the year: Quartermile Group

Deal of the year: The Haymarket, Edinburgh. Pre-let to Baillie Gifford; Quartermile, JLL, Savills, M&G Real Estate, Ryden.

Development of the year (Public): Queensferry High School, Edinburgh; Hub South East & The City of Edinburgh Council and Elgin and Appin Ward (Stobhill Mental Health Estate), Glasgow; Keppie Design, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and hub West Scotland

Architectural Excellence Award (Public Use): Elgin and Appin Ward (Stobhill Mental Health Estate), Glasgow; Keppie Design, NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and hub West Scotland

Business Resilience Award: Michael Laird Architects

Regeneration Project of the Year: Perth Creative Exchange; Perth & Kinross Council

Health Care Development of the Year:

Elgin and Appin Ward, Stobhill Mental Health Estate; NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, hub West Scotland, Keppie Design

Stirling Health and Care Village, Stirling; jmarchitects

Good luck to everyone taking part.

#scottishproperty #construction #awards2021 #design #property #realestate

International Women's Day 2021

At Thomas & Adamson we pride ourselves on being an inclusive, diverse organisation. We believe there is no limits to the opportunities available to all our employees and have worked hard to create a working environment which our colleagues want to be part of and is adaptable for every employee to provide a work life balance.

Our strong female colleagues operate across all areas of our business and to mark International Women’s day, we have spoken to a few of them, to find out what brought them to the industry and the changes and challenges they have faced, being a woman in the construction sector.

Construction historically has always been regarded as a male environment, but things are changing in the right direction, the number of women joining the industry increases year on year across all levels of sector. Some would say not quick enough, what do some of our talented women has to say?


Nicola Sinclair, Business Support Manager – UKI fell into construction by accident; an opportunity arose, I took it and I have been here for over 20 years– I’m glad I did. It is an incredible sector to witness projects from start to finish and be part of the process.

Construction companies should aim to hire more women in a variety of roles, at all levels (as should all companies) and proactively look to increase their diversity, which seems to be happening more and more over time but there is still a long way to go before all is equal.

The construction industry is typically a male dominated industry and presents a major challenge for equal opportunities for women. There is still a shortage of female role models in the industry which could be discouraging women from advancing in this field.

There is a lot of information about how women are not treated equally and whilst this is the case for many, personally I have been very lucky to have always been supported and treated equally at all the companies I have worked.”


Rosslyn Rendall – Senior Quantity Surveyor – Edinburgh “a family friend introduced me to the world of quantity surveying.

Everyone’s work life balance requirements are very different, and I have been lucky enough to be able to adapt my role around my family commitments, with the support of management in every role I have undertaken. Not everyone wants to be the boss, but we do all want to be treated fairly and equally and I have been fortunate to develop my career around my family.

It is male industry, but as women we are increasing our footing and making our presence known. Across the varied range of projects, I have been involved in, it is encouraging to be working with more and more women at all levels.

For anyone thinking about moving into the sector, go for it; do not assume you will be treated any different just because you are female. You are an individual. If you are treated any different – do something about it.”


Heather Holbrook, Regional Director – Glasgowmy journey into quantity surveying started when a friend of the family introduced me to the role and offered me work experience; the rest is history as they say. I was encouraged by my lecturer to find an apprenticeship, as he believed blended learning with practical experience was the best way to learn.

I remember working as a trainee surveyor and being wolf whistled by the workies on sites and being asked to man reception when the admin staff were off sick or on leave, despite me working alongside two male trainees at the time, who were never asked to do admin/secretarial duties……those days are long gone. A lot has changed in the past 14 years of my career, when I started out as a trainee, I was only 1 of 4 females on the course and I was the only female to have worked within my old practice as a surveyor. When I moved to Thomas & Adamson in 2011, it was a real eye opener from being the only female surveyor in the office to being surrounded by 3 other females in the Glasgow office.

Thomas & Adamson are a supportive and inclusive company and provided an environment which has enabled me to grow and develop my career. In 2019 I was appointed Regional Director and there is certainly plenty of opportunity to grow – just because I am female will not limit my ambition.

For women thinking about joining the sector, do not let outdated stigma surrounding the sector put you off from embarking in a career in the industry. I love what I do.”


Natasha Grove, Business Support – Londonmy father was a quantity surveyor and from an early age he had me checking quants!

Having worked in the industry for over 20 years as a quantity surveyor and in business support, I have witnessed significant change in the number of women moving into this sector. There is still a long way to go, but companies need to improve visibility of women in their organisation and put them alongside men in their collateral.

I think one of the biggest challenges is still perception. If you look at submissions sent in for PQQs (for example) the staff listed are overwhelmingly men. Similarly, if you go to ‘About Us’ sections on websites they are again, overwhelmingly men. I do not think there is an easy fix for perception until there are more women in construction.

I personally have never experienced any barriers at Thomas & Adamson, there is potential to develop at all level, based purely on your ability not your gender.

For anyone looking to move into construction have confidence in your knowledge and ability, your voice is as relevant as anyone else’s.”


Lynsay Turnbull – Senior Quantity Surveyor – Glasgowgrowing up I was surrounded with the construction industry; my dad owns a plumbing business, and my cousins are a quantity surveyor and civil engineer. I spent my weekends and holidays with my dad helping him out. I did not know what I wanted to do when I left school, so my dad enrolled me to be an apprentice plumber (I sat the entrance exam!). I knew I needed to do something within this industry as I had a genuine passion for it and found a college course that introduced the built environment and I have never looked back.

The opportunities available now are growing by the day. The main area women are employed within the sector is in consultancy roles. The number of women in trades is still very low, this is an area I feel could be improved, offering, and supporting women with modern apprenticeships etc.

This could start at school, promoting the construction industry to not only males but females too. Explaining the different careers available to them would be beneficial.

Everyone has a part to play in diversity and we all need to appreciate the talent of women and nurture them. Providing support to women with families to allow them to realise they can have the best of both worlds.

All sectors need to be unified in diversity and balancing the pay scales. There will be sectors better than others, but it is time that this issue does not exist anymore. For the second year in a row the governments gender pay gap reporting has been cancelled.

In my time at T&A, they have always been at the forefront of diversity. There are a few strong women currently holding senior positions within the business who provide me with inspiration. They help drive and focus my career aspirations.

As a woman if you are thinking of joining the sector, my advice is, go for it!! it is a great industry to be part of. No two days are the same and the satisfaction of seeing your projects from inception to completion is second to none.

Some may find it a daunting industry to enter, but if you have a genuine passion, enthusiasm and interest the opportunities are endless.

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.


Additional related articles:

Platform_ build to rent project

Bonnington BTR making progress

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.