All posts by Neil Fordyce

Sharkey extends new workplace model across Brodies’ estate

Building on the success of the transformational office fit-out we recently completed for Brodies LLP at Capital Square in Edinburgh, we are delighted that our client has entrusted us to roll out the model to their Glasgow and Aberdeen offices.

Works commenced in June 2023 on the company’s 25,767 sqft of prime space across two floors at 110 Queen Street in Glasgow, with completion due in December 2023 and a similar exercise is due to get underway shortly in the Aberdeen office at Union Grove, with three floors totalling 14,000 sqft being fitted out on a phased basis.

Continuing to work with enlighted clients such as Brodies LLP is extremely important to us as it helps ensure we retain our place at the forefront of innovative workplace fit-out delivery.

Sharkey delivers winner at Ibrox

Completion of Edmiston House, located immediately alongside Ibrox Stadium in Glasgow, saw Sharkey deliver a highly sustainable, state-of-the-art facility for Rangers Football Club’s supporters. Undertaken on a design and build basis, the 25,200 sqft two-storey building houses a large retail store, a club museum and a flexible conference and events space for use on match days and beyond.

The exterior of the building, designed to reflect Govan’s historic links to the shipbuilding industry, features elements such as textured, black anodised aluminium cladding and industrial scale entrance doors and the development significantly reduces its environmental impact through the use of recycled materials and the incorporation of renewable energy systems.

Close proximity to nearby residential properties posed a number of challenges during construction, but constant monitoring by our experienced site team during activities such as piling works, ensured that neither residents, nor staff or visitors to the stadium were subject to any disruption during the contract works.

With a building that provides a striking modern contrast to the iconic adjacent main stand, we were pleased to successfully deliver a project that underlines the commitment of our client to continue to build for the future whilst celebrating the Club’s historic past.

Sharkey secures Edinburgh Park project

We are delighted to be given the opportunity to undertake our first project for leading property investment and development company, Danobe Securities Ltd. With a prime Edinburgh Park location, works on the 4-storey building at Lochside Avenue comprise the refurbishment, alteration and fit-out of 30,000 sqft of office space. The project, with a programme duration of 24 weeks, will be undertaken by one of our vastly experienced fit-out teams and we look forward very much to working closely with the design team to deliver a stunning project for our new client.

Sleek extension complements historic gem

We were extremely pleased to be given the opportunity by hotel owners, 1218 Investment Management GmbH, to return to the Scottish Borders to construct a modern extension to their highly decorative 19th century hotel, the upgrade of which we had previously completed. Designed as a contrast to the Jacobean-style original, the 3-storey steel-framed extension is clad in a combination of stone, render, powder-coated curtain walling and zinc panelling and its sleek modern aesthetic provides a perfect complement to the ornate B listed building.

An additional 58 new bedrooms and suites have been created, together with a large conference/events space for 120, with adjoining restaurant and bar. The fully-glazed ground floor elevation, which affords views into the state-of-the-art spa and wellness centre, is transected by a spectacular indoor/outdoor swimming pool – a remarkable and rare feature in a rural Scottish location.

The site’s remote location posed a number of logistics challenges, but the experience gained on the main building upgrade enabled our team to anticipate where issues might arise and to put in place the necessary measures to mitigate these. We take great pleasure in having successfully delivered two high-quality projects in the same location but featuring very contrasting styles. The success of this development demonstrates both the diversity of our project portfolio and the range of skills and experience enjoyed by our delivery teams.

Travellers’ revitalisation journey complete

The project, our first completed as part of the Crown Commercial Services Framework, involved a comprehensive regeneration of the Council-run site for the travelling community at North Cairntow in Edinburgh. Works involved the wholesale removal and replacement of all existing accommodation and an all-embracing upgrade of utility services, roads and landscaping, including the introduction of a sustainable pond drainage system.

Working within a restricted site with a single access point, our team required to deal with a variety of logistics challenges. These included ensuring the minimisation of disruption to local traffic during the renewal of all major incoming utility supplies and managing the complex installation process for 22 accommodation units prefabricated off-site and delivered in phases under escort.

This CCS Framework project owes much to the way in which all members of the team, working closely with The City of Edinburgh Council, required to quickly adapt to deal with exceptional conditions. The striking completed regeneration and the consequent improvement of experience for the occupants of the site is testament to the success of that approach.