News 13th December 2021 Building Consultancy

Workman celebrates 30 years in Glasgow with recruitment drive

Having opened in 1992, Workman’s Glasgow office is about to celebrate its 30th anniversary. Well-established and respected in the city, Workman is a leading employer of 70 people here.

Now our Glasgow business is going from strength to strength, and expanding, which means we are looking to bolster our team with fresh new talent.

Led by Partners in the firm, Alec Green and Jim Hallan in Property Management, Brendan Magee and David McLay in Building Consultancy and Michelle Molyneaux, Director, in Credit Control, the Glasgow team is a vibrant, stimulating working environment, with an abundance of training, support and career development pathways for its people.

“When I joined Workman, I did not envisage a stay of more than three years. Seventeen years later, it has certainly been the best employment decision I’ve made. We have a great group of people, the majority of whom have been able to progress their careers by at least two levels during their time here,” explains Jim Hallan.

Delivering property management for flagship locations

The Glasgow office provides the full spectrum of Property Management and Building Consultancy services to our clients and their properties across Scotland and the north of England.

Opportunities to get involved in large-scale projects are plentiful; our teams work with major clients including Hammerson, New River, Columbia Threadneedle, USS and Federated Hermes.

In addition, we have worked with KanAm and Forma Fund, which have been establishing their new funds by investing in Scotland.

Property Management instructions include flagship office and retail sites including the Aurora Building in Glasgow, St Andrew’s Square in Edinburgh, and St John’s Shopping Centre in Perth. Not forgetting Central Retail Park in Falkirk, where the property management team created an urban garden which won the inaugural Health & Wellbeing prize at Property Week’s 2021 Property Awards.

Instructions extend into the industrial sector, with 11 industrial estates under management for Stenprop and 38 industrial estates under management on behalf of Mileway (formerly Hansteen), which were taken on in September 2020.

Collaboration on prestigious projects

The size of Workman’s Glasgow Building Consultancy business has tripled in the past decade in terms of scale of projects and turnover of fees. For example, two £9m new-build student accommodation projects have been brought to completion over the past two years.

The Glasgow team also undertook the due diligence for over 1,000,000 sq ft of retail parks, purchased by Columbia Threadneedle and are now delivering both property management and project management support.

There is also collaboration on high-profile projects such as Skypark, which offers 560,000 sq. ft of contemporary workspace, with views across the city. Here, our team led the installation of state-of-the-art cycling facilities.

“Our Glasgow team get the opportunity to experience all facets and disciplines of Building Consultancy, with exposure to a very broad and varied range of instructions. About 70% of this is project work and 30% is professional work, which makes this very appealing to those looking for a new challenge,” explains Brendan Magee.

Credit control makes the Workman world go round

Workman’s nationwide Credit Control department is centralised in Glasgow, and as such, works for the whole firm across all of the Workman offices. The team of 29 is led by Michelle Molyneaux, Director, who joined the firm as Workman’s first Credit Controller 20 years ago, at which time, the Property Managers chased all their own arrears, without central support.

Michelle recalls having to persuade Property Managers to enlist her skills. “Twenty years ago, when I first started, I’d spend my time emailing and calling PMs to ask them if there was anything I could do to help them. Slowly they realised there was someone there to assist, and here we are 20 years and 28 additional Credit Controllers later – and there is never a dull moment,” Michelle says.

Glasgow: a key location for business

Situated in the heart of Glasgow, Scotland’s biggest city, the Workman offices are well-located for transport links, with a direct train line into London and Glasgow International Airport on the doorstep. Our Glasgow office is in prime position for face-to-face client meetings, a team lunch or after-work socialising, as Covid-restrictions allow.

“Living and working in Glasgow is ideal for me, as Workman presents the opportunity to be involved in and take the lead on national instructions. This affords the chance to travel throughout the UK to service our clients, yet return home to Glasgow,” Jim Hallan says.

According to Invest Glasgow, more than 48,000 businesses (28% of Scottish companies) make their home in the Glasgow city region, supporting 856,000 jobs (34% of Scottish total). Glasgow is the UK’s fourth largest city by population, and Scotland’s largest urban economy, responsible for supporting more than 400,000 jobs, and generating more than £13 billion each year.

An established destination for corporate and real estate investment, the city is endorsed by nearly 40% of FTSE 100-listed companies which have a presence in the prominent business destination, including Aggreko, Weir Group, Clyde Blowers, and Edrington.

Want to know more?

Our Glasgow operation is positively thriving, which means we have new roles to fill here, and are looking to boost our team.

If you’d like to find out more about joining the Workman team in Glasgow, please contact our team leaders: