First Minister meets re-employed McGill workers delivering multi-million pound Govanhill Housing Association contract

First Minister meets re-employed McGill workers delivering multi-million pound Govanhill Housing Association contract

First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon MSP has met with some of the workers who were re-employed by McGill after it was rescued out of administration earlier this year, including the new management team behind McGill and individuals from Govanhill Housing Association.

McGill, a former Scotland Top 500 company operating in the construction sector across Scotland entered administration in February with the loss of 440 jobs. Graeme Carling and his company Catalus Energy Investments stepped in to rescue the company and work has continued to re-build the organisation since.

Earlier this month Govanhill Housing Association appointed McGill to deliver a multi-million-pound housing redevelopment contract as part of the South West Govanhill Acquisition & Repair programme, funded by the Scottish Government and Glasgow City Council. The overall programme will invest £33m into the purchasing and refurbishment of hundreds of properties in the South West Govanhill area over a four-year period.

Dundee based McGill, who have announced the opening of a Glasgow depot, were previously appointed by Govanhill Housing Association in 2017 to complete phase one of the programme, and again in 2018.

Govanhill Housing Association, a community owned and managed organisation, aims to deliver significant improvements to property and living conditions by managing and maintaining the refurbished housing stock.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon commented; “It was great to see the work McGill are doing for Govanhill Housing Association. I was delighted to meet some of the workers who have been re-employed by McGill following the rescue of the company and to speak to them about the plans for bringing neglected property back up to the high standard required for social rent.

Sturgeon added: “I welcome McGill’s plans for a Glasgow depot and look forward to seeing the positive impact their work has on my constituency and on Scotland as a whole, both in terms of the jobs created and the impact of the important work which they carry out.”

McGill CEO Graeme Carling commented: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract and to welcome the First Minister to one of our sites. We are proud of every job that we create and it is great to have been able to re-employ some of those who lost their jobs when the company entered administration. We opened our Glasgow depot earlier this month and are currently looking to recruit for a number of positions locally.”

Carling added: “McGill understand the value of community and admire the work being done by Govanhill Housing Association. We are looking forward to engaging with the South West Govanhill community and the work of the Association.”

Govanhill Housing Association Chairperson, Annie Macfarlane, added: “We are happy to announce our decision to award this contract to McGill, a capable and quality contractor who have delivered work for the Association in the past. The team at McGill bring with them expert knowledge and experience to deliver this contract successfully.”

“We are particularly pleased to welcome the First Minister to the South West Govanhill project area in the week the Association has purchased its 300th property, a significant milestone in our efforts to bring some of the poorest quality housing in the area back for social rent. We look forward to working with McGill to create much needed, quality homes for the community.”

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