Whitecross Building Consultancy, a dynamic firm of Chartered Building Surveyors with a high caliber of UK client base, announces further expansion today with the appointment of Senior Building Surveyor Greg Allan. Greg joins the company from Edinburgh City Council and comes with a wealth of experience from a commercial surveying background.
Whitecross’ continued expansion has seen the business moving to larger premises in both Glasgow and Edinburgh in the past two months. Whitecross advises clients throughout the UK and provides specialist Building Consultancy and Project Management services across all sectors of the commercial property industry, from large industrial and office space to leisure and retail.
Recent projects include carrying out a survey and fit out of office space for The Richmond Fellowship (Scotland’s leading provider of social care) while also assisting them with advice on other existing and potential properties; monitoring fit-out works of both Hotel Chocolat and Epoch at Princes Square, Glasgow, on behalf of the landlord Redevco; and project managing an extension for AMRI’s existing pharmaceutical development and manufacturing premises at West of Scotland Science Park, Glasgow. In addition a number of complex CDM Principal Designer/Client Advisor instructions within the Distillery and Hotel Development field have been secured.
Managing Director Graeme Scott comments: “We are delighted to welcome Greg to the team. It’s a busy period for Whitecross, having recently moved to larger premises in both Glasgow and Edinburgh. We are working on a number of exciting projects for clients throughout the UK and expect to continue to grow well into 2018 – Greg’s appointment will assist us with our instructions and client base, especially with projects in the East Coast, however is a crucial part in our ambition to grow and develop the practice.”
Whitecross Building Consultancy project managed an extension to AMRI (Albany Molecular Research Inc)’s existing pharmaceutical development and manufacturing premises at West of Scotland Science Park, Glasgow, to provide a dedicated warehouse facility with chilled, frozen and ambient controlled storage for clinical pharmaceutical products, together with first floor accommodation for future clean room expansion.
Whitecross Building Consultancy recently managed a fast track installation of an external large canopy and concrete hardstanding for our client DHL in Bellshill, to enable an existing property within their portfolio to be reutilised for a drink distribution warehouse. We obtained building warrant and planning permission within the tight timescale and the works were successfully delivered for the warehouse to be operational on 11th August 2017.
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Innovative companies are changing the workplace environment to adapt to the needs and goals of their business, which means different requirements for office spaces that are being developed today.
Whitecross Building consultancy, a firm of Chartered Building Surveyors providing building consultancy and project management services throughout Scotland and the UK, is at the forefront of the changes to the office sector. Conducting building surveys of over 1.5 million sq ft acquired space on behalf of office, industrial, leisure and retail clients in the past year, allows them to understand what it is that today’s businesses really want.
Advances in technology are making office workspaces more efficient than ever before. Each business / office is different, however some of the key trends that Whitecross see include:
Managing Director Graeme Scott comments: “Managers want round the clock visibility of their staff, increased productivity levels, improved staff welfare and collaborative working areas together with a reduction in energy usage. Landlords too are looking at ways to enhance the marketability of their premises and office buildings need to be fitted–out accordingly, taking advantage of the technology available today.
It is not just new developments, at Whitecross we are seeing an increase in refitting of spaces to suit current needs and have recently been involved in the design and project management of over 35,000 sq ft fit out space for technological firms Clyde Space and Spire Global Ltd, as well as projects for patent and trademark firm Envoy, Syntel IT, Locktons and pensions consultants Hymans Robertson.”
Article featured in Commercial Property Monthly, Vol 35, Issue 1, 2017
Whitecross are delighted to have been selected as a Finalist for the ’Rising Star of the Year’ award at the 2017 Scottish Property Awards. As a new SME consultancy practice, we are honoured to be recognised by a prestigious panel of senior property figures for significant growth and contribution to the commercial property industry.
In this category Whitecross join three other fast growing new businesses.
The awards take place in Edinburgh in March 2017. Good luck to all our fellow Finalists and we look forward to sharing what promises to be a great evening together.
Whitecross Building Consultancy, a dynamic firm of Chartered Building Surveyors with a high caliber of UK client base, today announces the opening of an Edinburgh office as part of their business expansion.
Whitecross, established in Glasgow in 2010 by Graeme Scott, has enjoyed another successful year, with turnover increasing by over 200%. Currently managing the million pound external refurbishment programme of the Glasgow City Hotel, Whitecross advises clients throughout the UK and provides specialist Building Consultancy and Project Management services across all sectors of the commercial property industry, from large industrial and office space to leisure and retail.
The new office, located in the heart of Scotland’s capital, will be headed up by Associate Director Craig Duff. Craig joins the company from Jones Lang LaSalle and brings a wealth of experience in the full range of building surveying professional services, including due diligence and pre-lease surveys, dilapidations, project management and contract administration, technical feasibility studies and building pathology and defect analysis.
Craig’s appointment comes at a time when there is a surge in demand for fast, reliable and professional building surveying services. Managing Director Graeme Scott comments: “We are excited to be growing so fast, especially since our growth is coming from both new and existing clients. Expanding to have a complementary office in Edinburgh was always part of the plan and the appointment of Craig is in direct response to the needs of our clients. Craig will further strengthen our team and will be instrumental as we continue to develop our offering across the UK.”
Craig adds: “I look forward to expanding the Whitecross business in Edinburgh as we look to help clients realise their building projects and achieve their own business objectives. We are already busy in the east coast working on various projects including the £1.4m external refurbishment of the Carlton Hotel in Northbridge, external maintenance works at 120 Princes Street in the city, and also refurbishments at Edinburgh Park.”
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Robin Golder to strengthen our existing Whitecross offering and increase our building surveying services capability.
Joining us from Jones Lang LaSalle, Robin has over 15 years experience in the industry and has acted for many of the industry’s leading players throughout the UK.
It is not just the spirit of these Games, that were held in our hometown of Glasgow, that we should embracing. The Games come along at a key point in Glasgow’s economic cycle, bringing development and regeneration projects during a challenging economic period.
Over the past decade, Glasgow has welcomed a steady stream of developers and investors as large parts of the city have been transformed. Developments in the commercial, residential and leisure sectors has reflected a tremendously exciting and invigorating time for Glasgow.
As Housing and Welfare Minister Margaret Burgess said: “The Commonwealth Games will be the biggest sporting and cultural event Scotland has hosted, however, it’s about more than just sport. As this project demonstrates, the Games will provide a lasting legacy for several industries, and it is great that they are also being used to inspire young people into careers such as civil engineering.”
There are a large number of leases due to expire shortly. In fact, experts say around 6.2m sq ft of 25 year leases signed back in the 1980’s are set to expire in the next year.
With changes in shopping habits and high street trends, flexible leasing arrangements are likely to be a key focus for tenants but may be resisted by landlords.
As more shoppers go online, retailers may be forced to close unprofitable stores and many high street retailers may increasingly look to out of town locations or regional retail centres with better transport links, free parking and flexibility of use.
Even with Government incentives and new legislation via the Planning Act, there is no question that the retail landscape is evolving. There is an improving outlook for the high street, however what this will really mean for landlords and tenants, we wait to see…