Scottish building services and FM provider McGill has won a £400,000 social housing contract and been appointed to a £3.6 million framework with Falkirk Council to upgrade fire alarms.
These awards signal the continued growth of the Dundee-based company and follow its appointment to Govanhill Housing Association’s £20 million major repairs framework in April.
The £3.6 million framework agreement with Falkirk Council and the £400,000 contract with Loreburn Housing Association were awarded to McGill after a competitive tender process while work remains suspended on all but essential Scottish sites. The housing association owns and manages 2,500 properties across Dumfries & Galloway.
In response to government legislation introduced after the Grenfell Tower disaster, all properties in Scotland must meet higher standards on smoke, fire and carbon monoxide alarms. All local authorities and registered social landlords across Scotland have programmed works to complete upgrades by the March 2021 deadline. McGill’s specialist fire and security team has grown significantly over the past year as the company has won several contracts to guarantee compliance for clients.
Douglas Thomson, McGill’s managing director, said; “Our estimating and BID teams have continued to work remotely during the Covid-19 situation and their efforts in securing this work have been great.”
McGill’s fire and security team are currently running similar contracts across Scotland for several different clients including Fife Council, Langstane and Castlehill Housing Associations, both in and around Aberdeen.
Chris Ferriday, operations director, added: “Our fire and security team are all exceptionally experienced and qualified people who continue to win more work and received glowing reviews from our clients… We will be looking to employ a number of individuals as a result of these contract appointments and also offer more apprenticeships, which is fantastic.”
Most building work has been put on hold in response to the coronavirus pandemic. In Scotland, only essential work is permitted under government guidance. First Minister Nicola Sturgeon is expected to announce later this week that lockdown measures are unlikely to be relaxed over the coming weeks.