Kingsway Court | Spring Update

Works are well underway at our Kingsway Court project for Glasgow Housing Association with the erection of structural steel on site. An introduction to the project can be found here.

All civil engineering works have now been completed and the roof structure can now begin to take shape. Low level block work is being carried out and the external walls are being prepared for cladding. The internal strip out of the high-rise block ground floor is complete with screeded floors and framed walls to form part of GHA’s new facility.

Worksmart have worked closely with the client and their design team to navigate the relocation of various underground utility services to allow for the steel enclosure which will enable our team to fast-track the internal refurbishment and fit-out providing a great new workspace.

Part of the Wheatley Group, GHA have worked with Worksmart on numerous successful projects and Kingsway Court is the first of many to bring the GHA team and housing officers closer to their tenants to provide “better homes, better lives”.

Fun Fact: Did you know Robert Carlyle and Emma Thompson filmed several scenes for The Legend of Barney Thomson at Kingsway Court in 2015?

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Worksmart Golf Day | Dundonald Links

Worksmart held our inaugural Golf Day, Thursday 16th June 2016, at Ayrshire’s stunning Kyle Phillips designed course, Dundonald Links. Attendees included the Worksmart team from our three offices: Kilmarnock, Manchester, and Edinburgh, architects, designers, surveyors, and property agents.

The day began with coffee and breakfast rolls in the Clubhouse to fuel the 8 teams of 3 with first tee off at 9:50am.

Euros 2016 | Worksmart #WIN

The EUROS 2016 got off to a cracking start last week and to celebrate Worksmart are giving away UEFA EURO 2016 Adidas Replica Match Glider Footballs alongside some of our new #makeitworksmart merchandise! You can cut a fashionable figure in our new Worksmart eco-totes and button badges.

Glasgow Kelvin College | Spring Works

Worksmart are delighted to progress their expertise in the education sector with the successful completion of another project for Glasgow Kelvin College.

The multi-trade, fast-track works, secured through Public Contracts Scotland involved forming two new classrooms in a former, open-plan staff canteen at the Springburn Campus. A full joinery package was employed with the installation of partitions, architectural glazing and a specialist folding wall as well as data and M&E works. Additional classrooms were created in other non-occupied areas throughout the college.

Estates Manager, Iain Gordon said: “Very pleased with the work that has recently been completed on time and to budget. Especially due to the time restraints during this project meaning the classrooms were used almost immediately after completion.”

The introduction of new learning spaces reflects the college’s continued growth. Greater student numbers require the college to expand and Worksmart are also pleased to announce that we have secured further refurbishment works through Public Contracts Scotland with the college at their East End Campus – John Wheatley building. The Summer Works consist of refurbishing a former crèche into new science classrooms, a full fit-out complete with laboratory furniture. A library will also be converted to house additional classrooms.

 

Ayr Gaiety Theatre | Secret Staircase

During week thirteen of refurbishments at Ayr’s Gaiety Theatre Worksmart’s joinery team uncovered a secret on the fourth floor.

What Happened? 

The team are in the process of creating a fourth floor lighting booth and office space as well as configuring the new ventilation system. While lifting floorboards for the ventilation contractor our joiners discovered a secret staircase. A staircase which could have forever remained a secret as it did not feature in any architect drawings and the removed floorboards were originally to remain intact.

Project Manager Frank Ross describes: “After making the discovery our team went under the floorboards where you can see where seats used to be. The rows go on for some height.” The discovery is no doubt the “gods” of the early twentieth century in the theatre – the highest seats were the cheapest to accommodate the poorest patrons. The theatre is said to have held 1200 bodies across the pit, dress circle, upper gallery and four boxes and in September 2016 The Gaiety will re-introduce tiered pricing (premium, standard and economy) to ensure the livelihood of the theatre.

What Now? 

The ventilation system is now being re-routed thanks to the unearthed secret which will be boarded up once again and preserved for years to come. Spookily, in the same week contractors in Perth uncovered secret rooms during a £16.5m restoration of Perth Theatre…

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