All posts by Neil Fordyce

Sharkey returns to Home of Golf

Our appointment is testament to the excellent relationship we enjoyed with our client in delivering the hotel bedroom upgrade and leisure extension project completed for them in December 2017 and the expertise we demonstrate consistently in this sector.

The multi-phase project will be completed in 2021 and form a new, exciting part of the Old Course Hotel’s unique hospitality offering for the historic 150th Open championship taking place in 2022 on the world famous links immediately adjacent to the hotel. The works, which commenced on site on 6 January 2020, include the adaptation and expansion of the existing west wing to provide 31 additional guest bedrooms. Also involved is the modification of the iconic ‘Green Sheds’ to allow expansion and upgrade of the ‘Hall of Champions’.

We are thrilled to be partnering with Kohler Co. once again on this exciting project in such an iconic property.

Sharkey Invests in the Future

Our in-house team, working in partnership with industry-leading providers and supported by significant investment in both infrastructure and resource, has completed an intensive 36-month project to review, improve and modernise our IT and business systems. Our bespoke information management system – SIMOn – designed and constructed to align fully with our business culture, has comprehensively enhanced the service we offer our clients through added agility, improved efficiency and upgraded project data management and reporting.

This digital transformation, which our business team likened to changing a car’s engine whilst speeding down the motorway, has also accelerated our company-wide flexible working capability that has enabled greater team collaboration, enhanced staff wellbeing and improved overall business performance.

Roxburghe return for Sharkey

We are delighted that the hotel’s owners, 12.18. Investment Management GmbH, have entrusted us to continue our excellent working relationship with them and their design team to deliver an exciting and challenging project at the historic 5-star venue in the Scottish Borders.

Substructure works are already underway on the construction of a 3-storey modern addition to the stunning B-listed property.  The steel-framed, stone-clad extension will provide a further 58 bedrooms, high-tech conference and event facilities and a new restaurant and bar. The £17m project also includes a luxury spa and wellness centre, featuring an external swimming pool with new terraces, remodelled landscaping and enhanced car parking provision.

Click on this link for a fly-through tour of the initial phase of enhancement works to the original 20-bedroom Victorian-era property.

500 Keys to Success

In the course of 2019, we have delivered six very diverse hospitality sector projects, ranging in scope from exclusive country estate hotels to high volume, city centre accommodation and creating in the process a total of 521 new beds.  The disparate range of challenges we faced included us inserting a new-build wing to the rear of the Category A-listed Malmaison Hotel, converting the A-listed former District Court on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile to a novel 181-bed ‘capsule’ hotel and upgrading a B-listed manor house hotel’s 28 bedrooms in the Scottish Borders to reposition it as a 5-star offering.

In London, we upgraded an occupied Victorian terrace in London’s Kensington to create 18 luxury serviced apartments and in Edinburgh’s Market Street we delivered two projects concurrently.  One comprised the fit-out of a 98-bedroom urban-themed hotel with rooftop champagne bar and the other the conversion of a B-listed building, once part of Edinburgh’s historic fruit market, to provide backpacker accommodation for 124.

The success of these projects marks a further stage of our continuing development as an established provider of specialist construction services in what is for us an expanding and exciting sector and one that will constitute a key part of our project portfolio going forward.

Historic Appointment for Sharkey

The Mercers’ Company, a philanthropic institution based in the City of London has engaged Sharkey to undertake the sensitive refurbishment and repurposing of 6 Langley Street, which forms part of their five acre Covent Garden Estate. Spread over 7 levels and adjoining the famous Pineapple Dance Studios, the £3.1m project will see Sharkey transform the Grade II listed structure into contemporary offices on the upper levels with flexible ‘pop-up’ retail units in the basement and ground floor. In tandem with internal works we are also forming new entrances, external glazed walkways and commuter facilities.