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Sharkey support Scotland’s legal profession

Established in 1949, The Law Society of Scotland is the professional governing body for Scotland’s solicitors. With their existing premises at Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh no longer fit for purpose and with no way of expansion due to planning limitations, the Society took the decision to relocate to Atria One in Morrison Street, Edinburgh, at the core of the city’s burgeoning financial district.  In August 2015 Sharkey were appointed by the Society to undertake the Cat-B fit-out of 19,000 sq ft of stunning Grade A office space.

Sharkey’s reputation for positive and effective collaboration with the client and the consultant team helped ensure that the project was delivered in the highly professional manner our clients have come to regard as our hallmark.  As always we worked to achieve the highest possible standards to ensure we continue to enhance Sharkey’s reputation for exceptional service delivery, employing the quality benchmarking of individual items of work to guarantee total satisfaction at project handover and beyond. Our highly skilled and experienced workforce provided a professional yet relaxed approach to help build the strong relationships across the team which are fundamental to the success of any project.

Sharkey have completed an array of projects in Edinburgh’s financial hub, including projects for clients such as Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Life, BlackRock, Deloitte and Anderson Strathern. These successful projects from repeat clients, with a combined floor area of almost half a million sqft, further demonstrate our ability to create an outstanding client experience through exceptional service delivery.

Sharkey support RBS in their fight against child poverty

On Friday 25th and Saturday 26th September, 2015 Sharkey supported The Royal Bank of Scotland by sending a team to take part in the RBS Corporate Generation Challenge. The gruelling two-day adventure consisted of 10 physical and mental challenges with a target of raising vital funds to support the STV Children’s Appeal and Prince’s Trust.

Based at The Royal Bank of Scotland’s world headquarters at Gogarburn, the RBS Corporate Generation Challenge brought together 30 teams drawn from The Royal Bank of Scotland, their corporate customers and corporate partners. Each team was competing for the coveted winner’s prize and consisted of four team members from all age ranges; Under 25, 25-35, 35-45 and 45 years of age and over.

The Sharkey team, comprised Graeme Maclean and Sabrina McKelvey from our finance department, Billy Ratcliffe our RBS Account Delivery Manager, together with one of the newest members of our expanding surveying team, Kenny Millar. The team finished the challenge in a very creditable 8th place and were delighted to have raised £5000 in the process.

Split over two days this demanding challenge included a 10km relay race (Sharkey finishing 3rd), football skills tests, scrabble, orienteering, beep test, tug of war (which Sharkey won alongside RBS), army team building challenges, 100ft inflatable army assault course, Jenga, Connect 4 and finished with a lively music-themed quiz.

It wasn’t all hard work however, as on the Friday evening the competitors were allowed a little relaxation time, with a street party inside the Gogarburn facility and a charity auction and dinner, all of which were great fun and provided an ideal opportunity for everyone involved to socialise and interact.


‘Thanks to you all for taking part.  It was a fantastic event that has made a big difference to two great causes.  We are motoring towards the £200k mark which is exceptional. I think we can safely say that the ‘proof of concept’ has worked and we’ll be back again next year – bigger and better.  I hope we see you all there again’

-Chris Wilson, MD Branch & Private Banking, Scotland, The Royal Bank of Scotland


Sharkey would like to thank The Royal Bank of Scotland and everybody involved for making this such a successful event and helping to raise such a substantial amount to help fight child poverty. We are already looking forward to next year’s event!

STV Children’s Appeal

One in five children and young people in Scotland live in poverty, affecting over 220,000 people. The STV Children’s Appeal was launched in 2011 by The Hunter Foundation and STV to raise funds and to help make a real difference to those who need it most, by providing practical help like food and warm clothes; creating opportunities for training and employability; and enabling social and emotional support.

The Prince’s Trust

The Prince’s Trust supports 13 to 30 year-olds who are unemployed and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion. Many of the young people helped by The Trust are in or leaving care, facing issues such as homelessness or mental health problems, or they have been in trouble with the law. Three in four young people supported by The Prince’s Trust move into work, education or training. The Prince of Wales’s charity has helped 750,000 young people since 1976 and supports over 100 more each day.

Sharkey working hard to protect Edinburgh’s modern heritage

This unique and innovative 1970’s building, situated on Dalkeith Road, Edinburgh was designed by the late Sir Basil Spence and consists of a series of interlocking hexagonal modules varying in height from one to four storeys providing 180,000 sqft of floor space.

Sharkey were appointed in 2013 on a design and build basis to undertake a comprehensive multi-phase refurbishment of this fully occupied building including an M&E upgrade, statutory compliance work and the re-planning of floor plates to incorporate LBG’s latest design standards.

An important part of the agenda has involved supporting LBG’s environmental sustainability goals and we are delighted to have been awarded two SKA Silver awards to date, a tally we hope to add to before project completion.

Whilst maintaining the balance of working around 2,000 members of staff in a live environment with the constraints imposed by a listed building has brought numerous challenges, our experienced team has worked in close liaison with the client to deal quickly and effectively with these and we remain firmly on track to complete this project early in the new year.


‘Our project has transformed the office space in the area handed over and given the staff a taste of the improved environment that will be rolled out across the building. I have received a great deal of positive feedback from the staff and the business not only on the quality of the end product but also praising the way in which it was delivered’

David Stewart, Senior Construction Manager, Lloyds Banking Group


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Sharkey do their bit for charity

Having previously raised more than £30,000 over the last few years the team at Sharkey have once again shown their true team spirit and character by participating in a variety of events and challenges that has pushed them both physically and mentally.

Ain’t No Mountain High Enough

Billy Ratcliffe and Michael Burnett from our Edinburgh office alongside 10 of our colleagues from the Lloyds Banking Group framework successfully completed the arduous National Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Help for Heroes. Set the daunting task of climbing the 3 highest mountains in Scotland, England and Wales in less than 24 hours, the team conquered Ben Nevis (Scotland), Scaffell Pike (England) and Snowdon (Wales) with a combined elevation of 11,178ft in 22 hours 55 minutes including travel time. Both the Sharkey men had their difficult moments, but with the help of some great team support plus a lot of sweat and perseverance, they pulled through with nothing more than a few aches and pains. They raised an amazing £6,815 for Help for Heroes.

Well done to Billy, Michael and the other team members who completed the challenge.

On Yer Bikes

A team of Sharkey staff from Edinburgh undertook the adventurous challenge to cycle the newly opened John Muir Way, some 130 miles from Helensburgh to Dunbar over two days. The team comprising David Lindsay, Peter Watson, David Blair, Mark Halliday, Colin Buckley, Billy Ratcliffe, Scott Hagart, Murray Martin and Sammy Hyett with a support crew of Ross Sharkey, Sabrina McKelvey and Greg Halliday completed the challenge in the allotted time raising an impressive £4,300. This has been distributed to several local charities which include SIMBA (Simpson’s Memory Box Appeal), The Sick Kids and Age Scotland.

With the exception of one trip to A&E following a disagreement with a dry-stone wall the challenge went well. We would like to thank all who donated and everybody involved and hope all aches and pains heal soon.

Wildlife Trust

The Sharkey team in London have been working very closely with the London Wildlife Trust by donating recycled materials from The Grey Coat Hospital project we are currently working on. Our donation has helped to protect and enhance the habitat for unique wildlife at the Woodberry Wetlands Park in Stoke Newington. Donating re-usable materials from our construction sites engages the local community and encourages understanding of the important part recycling has to play in protecting the local environment.

We at Sharkey would like to thank all who participated in the above challenges and also everyone who generously donated or helped out along the way.