Relationships that last
With a long history of successful projects behind it, Marshall Construction has positioned itself at the front of the Scottish construction industry by paying close attention to both the diversity of its offering and commitment to its clients and partners
Founded in 1983, Marshall Construction has quickly developed into one of Scotland’s leading independent building contractors. With a diverse customer base and wide reaching service offering, the company delivers jobs ranging from just £50 right up to £20 million. With every key trade represented within its staff force, the experience and competence of Marshall, combined with its unique commitment to employment and apprenticeships, provides the company its core strength. As such, the contract project portfolio over its history in the industrial, commercial, retail, healthcare, education, sport and residential sectors. In order to cope with such a diverse offering, the company is split into a number of separate divisions: contracts, general building, plant and fleet, scaffolding and homes.
At the heart of Marshall is its desire to deliver client satisfaction and quality throughout all aspects of the construction process from general advice to hand over. Developing strong relationships with its clients is key to the company’s success, both in terms of understanding and delivering to the precise needs of a client and also its own growth aspirations. This has been realised recently with the awarding of the company’s biggest win to date.
In October 2015 and at a value of £17.8 million, Marshall was awarded the contract from Chivas Brothers Ltd to build 14 warehouses on its site in Willowyard, Beith – a site the company is familiar with having delivered work there for more than a decade. Due to be expedited over a period of 120 weeks, the construction programme has been uniquely designed to suit the client’s needs. “We demonstrated an impressive approach to the projects, as we had a clear ability to address the challenges of the current site, resulting in the best cost and programme outcomes,” explains Contracts Manager, Stephen Walker. “Above all, we are excited about continuing our relationship with Chivas Brothers and Charles Scott and Partners.”
Robert Marshall, Managing Director at Marshall goes on to add: “We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to work at Willowyard again. When we started talking to Charles Scott and Partners following our tender submission it was clear that they shared the same belief that partnership working is the way forward in selecting the best skills for the job – this is what differentiates us in the marketplace. Marshall Construction continues to deliver first class projects even when up against stiff competition and we are delighted that this is our largest contract win to date.”
Another significant moment in the company’s growth was reached in September with the signing of a National Framework Agreement with Whitbread plc, owners of Premier Inn across the UK and Ireland. Initially allocated three extension projects for Premier Inn properties in Cambuslang, Stepps and East Kilbride, the opportunity of the framework for Marshall is tremendous. “The sheer scale and volume of work required by this framework means that a dedicated contract management team has been formed to ensure that each project is delivered to the agreed standard and programme of the client.”
Whilst demonstrating the company’s flexibility to deliver large-scale programmes, the framework once again reflects Marshall’s strength of forming successful working relationships with its clients. As Business Development Manager, Gareth Bland, explains: “We are very proud to have been selected as a trusted construction partner by Whitbread and look forward to furthering our relationship over the next few years. As a business we always strive to achieve consistency in the service delivery and administration of our contracts, across all our operating divisions and we are confident that Whitbread will be happy with our work ethic and finished product.”
In July 2015, Marshall commenced work on another project that aptly demonstrates its diverse competencies and commitment to local communities. The Dens Road development in Dundee, for client Hillcrest Housing Association, is for 21 one and two bedroom affordable (social and mid-market rent) apartments in the Hilltown regeneration area, close to the city centre. The project is expected to take 12 months, and is not the first time Marshall has worked with the client, therefore illustrating the strong reputation for quality and service, on which the company prides itself. “This is an exciting new housing scheme, with a well thought out mix of homes that will cater to a wide range of needs. The new homes are a further demonstration of our commitment to building neighbourhoods and creating thriving, empowered communities,” says Robert.
The success and growth gained by Marshall throughout 2015 only serves to confirm the reputation that it has earned over its three-decade establishment within the Scottish market. Years of delivering to all sectors with high quality product and service have culminated in a successful year of significant contracts that represent not only the company’s growth but also the commitment to its core values. Looking ahead, forging more of these long-lasting relationships and integrating its brand into local communities will undoubtedly play a major role and as such the success of Marshall looks set to continue.
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