New Faces - Laurence McIntosh

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Since our recent move to larger premises and in line with our ongoing business growth strategy at Laurence McIntosh, we are pleased to announce the appointment of several key members of staff.  By strengthening our team in strategic areas such as Principle Contracting, Interior Design and Quantity Surveying, we are better poised to offer a fully comprehensive and quality driven service to our customers.  Read on to find out a little more about each of our new team members…

Gordon Dickson – Contracts Director

With over 30 years in the building industry, Gordon brings with him a wealth of knowledge and experience in high end residential and commercial contracts.  His ability to project manage contracts seamlessly and communicate effectively with clients, trades people and industry professionals alike, has seen him develop an enviable reputation within the industry. Gordon’s focus at Laurence McInotsh is to oversee all of our existing contracts and to grow the principle contracting arm of the business over the coming years.

Q&A

What do you love about your job?

I love the problem-solving aspect of being presented with a particular requirement either by a client or architect and being tasked with finding a practical and effective solution. There’s also the joy in seeing space be transformed or created from nothing into something spectacular.

What been the highlight of your career thus far?

One of my favourite projects was a year long conversion of a 5 story townhouse in Edinburgh’s New Town. The technicalities that this project presented due to the clients imaginative requirements, was nothing short of challenging but one I thrived on and one of which I’m very proud of the finished result.

What do you wish you knew when you began your career that you know now?

How valuable exceptionally skilled tradesmen are.  Since the age of technical advances, we’ve seen a decline in truly talented individuals in the building trade, none more so than when you work on projects at the top end of the market, good people are hard to find.  Thankfully we have a strong, tight team of people we use on almost all of our projects and they know the high standards we hold ourselves to.

What are you excited about in joining the LM team?

I’m excited about the types of projects I can bring to the company and with the outstanding facilities and expertise we have here, the level to which we can deliver them.  It’s often hard to know how you can improve on an already enviable product and reputation but we have some good ideas as to where we want to take the company over the coming years, its important not to stand still.

If you didn’t live in Edinburgh where would you live?

Perth, Australia.

What are you passionate about out with the construction industry?

Sports; rugby, golf and motorbikes.

Gillian McCollum – Interior Designer

Specialising in the design of bespoke joinery for luxury interiors, combined with an innate flair for colour, texture and detail, Gillian’s talents are warmly welcomed into the Laurence McIntosh team.  Gillian’s focus over the coming months is to continue to deliver outstanding interior fit outs whilst growing Laurence McIntosh’s reputation in amongst the bespoke cabinetry market.  To support this Laurence McIntosh will be launching a new website and brochure later in the year alongside the opening of our first on site showroom.

Q&A

What do you love about your job?

Working at the top end of the industry means we get to work in the finest homes around the UK for the most discerning of clients.  Bringing old homes back to life or injecting some personality into a new home is extremely fulfilling.

Who would your project be and why?

I’ve always dreamed of working on a conversion of an industrial space such as a warehouse or factory into a 21st century home.  The opportunity to bring traditional cabinet making techniques with a contemporary aesthetic into such a raw, honest environment would be quite special.

What are you excited about bringing to the LM team?

Joining a company renowned for producing the very best high-end joinery and cabinet making, combined with my extensive background in luxury bespoke interiors, provides the perfect partnership to take forward a creative and comprehensive interior design service as well as a first class crafted product into the industry.

If you didn’t live in Edinburgh where would you live?

New York.  The huge array of architectural styles, being at the forefront of international art & design as well as how culturally diverse the city is, would make for a very energetic and exciting place to live and work.

What are you passionate about out with the construction industry?

I’m passionate about living a healthy and fulfilling life through holistic nutrition, yoga, meditation and mindfulness.

George – Quantity Surveyor

Having qualified a Quantity Surveyor, George firstly worked for a firm of Professional Quantity Surveyors before moving into contracting, gaining experience in industrial, volume housebuilding, residential and commercial projects. He recently spent some time estimating for a commercial builder and thus brings a wide range of valuable experience to the Laurence McIntosh team.

Q&A

What gives you job satisfaction?

Delivering projects that give Client’s good value whist maintaining a good return for the Company.

What has been the highlight of your career thus far?

The thanks received from several customers for providing quality residential refurbishment and extension projects which transform a house into a home.

What are you excited about bringing to the LM team?

I look forward to using my previous experience to help LM successfully reach their targets and to maintain their success into the future.

If you didn’t live in Edinburgh where would you live?

A cottage in the Scottish Highlands overlooking a loch. Peace and tranquillity away from the busy city.

What are you interests out with the construction industry?

Family, dogs and I enjoy playing golf.

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