Kilmarnock Football Club taking Rugby Park into the Top Division in Corporate Hospitality

After a fabulous season in which Kilmarnock FC were taken to new heights by Steve Clark, the Killie board have followed suit and continued their support and development of the Club. Part of these new plans involved the transformation of the existing Executive Club into the new Champions Lounge, as well as a new reception area and staircase, along with the Chairman’s Club and Boardroom. Concepts and plans were agreed with local architects Thomson Hunter Architects, and Worksmart Contracts LTD secured the contract to carry out the work.

With a history of local success in Interior Fit outs and refurbishment transformations, Worksmart were selected to take on the projects during the close season with tight commercial budgets and even tighter programme timescales.

From the beginning, Worksmart stated that for the works to be a success, there had to be a positive and engaging client, architect and contractor, something that was achieved from start to finish.

This was a fabulous project for the Worksmart Team to be involved in. The local apprentices, joiners, partnering sub-contractors and material suppliers all took up the challenge and worked successfully alongside the Kilmarnock Board of Directors, staff and architects, completely refurbishing all areas to an exceptionally high standard of corporate hospitality.

Thomson Hunters Architects Partner Andrew Hunter stated: “Thomson Hunter Architects have recently been involved in delivering a successful fit-out project at Kilmarnock Football Club for the new Chairman’s Club and Champions Lounge.  Worksmart Contracts were chosen as the preferred contractor to deliver this complex project within a limited timescale.  Their experience in this field set them apart from their competitors and gave both the client and ourselves confidence that they were the right team for the job.

Throughout this project and others working with Worksmart, Steven, Lisa and the team have provided a professional, proactive and diligent service. The finished images of the Kilmarnock Football Club project reflect the quality of workmanship that both Thomson Hunter Architects and Worksmart strive to deliver for every client.”

From the strip out to asbestos removal, to a brand new state of the art facility which provides a comfortable experience to new and existing members: this is an experience the likes of which Ayrshire has never seen before. Worksmart’s Managing Director Stevie Neilson stated: “It has been remarkable the comments and delight from existing and new members along with the visitors from other clubs on match days. Great to see the membership being used in full.”

The Kilmarnock Football Club Board stated: “Worksmart Contracts were appointed to undertake the major refurbishment of two of our hospitality lounges within the stadium of Kilmarnock Football Club. There was a requirement to complete the work within a two month period to coincide with the start of the new football season.

“Worksmart Contracts not only completed the refurbishment within the timescale allocated, the standard and quality of their work was exemplary. Throughout the process, communication was excellent and any matters which arose were dealt with timeously.

“We were impressed by the professionalism of the team throughout the process and would have no hesitation in appointing Worksmart Contracts in the future.”

“Thomson Hunter Architects have recently been involved in delivering a successful fit-out project at Kilmarnock Football Club for the new Chairman’s Club and Champions Lounge. Worksmart Contracts were chosen as the preferred contractor to deliver this complex project within a limited timescale. Their experience in this field set them apart from their competitors and gave both the client and ourselves confidence that they were the right team for the job.

Throughout this project and others working with Worksmart, Steven, Lisa and the team have provided a professional, proactive and diligent service.

The finished images of the Kilmarnock Football Club project reflect the quality of workmanship that both Thomson Hunter Architects and Worksmart strive to deliver for every client.​”

– Thomson Hunter Architects

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Check out our brand new project with Ayrshire College

For the second summer in a row, Worksmart Contracts have successfully completed an impressive development and refurbishment project for Ayrshire College.

The works at the Dam Park Building on Ayr Campus involved the full refurbishment of the existing first floor teaching areas, corridors and link corridor; forming new staff base areas, teaching rooms and new care suite.

The refurbishment works included stripping out the existing suspended ceilings, block walls, timber partitions, existing timber doors and frames as well as all existing electrical wiring and distribution boards.

Among a myriad of redevelopments that took place during the project were: the modification of the first floor heating system, formation of new metal stud partitions to suit the new layout drawings and formed new opening within the corridor to allow rooms to be formed

Each and every room now has a new suspending ceilings grid and tiles, as well as a brand new lighting system throughout the building. Rooms and corridors have been fully decorated and new floor coverings have been fitted throughout, complementing the new areas and giving it a more open and brighter look.

Ayrshire College’s Capital Projects Manager Janice Steel stated: “Worksmart Contracts Ltd successfully won tenders for Summer Works 2017 and 2018 at both Ayr and Kilwinning Campus for Ayrshire College.

“Worksmart have recently completed the Summer 2018 works which comprised the refurbishment of our new Health, Social and Child Care Suite which includes a simulated nursery, simulated hospital ward and numerous learning and teaching spaces; a new Music Technology Suite including 3 sound proof rehearsal rooms and a teaching room and staff work base.”

Works were also carried out on the ground floor, with all the doors, frames and architraves being removed and replaced with new Oak veneer doors sets. Once completed, the existing corridors were decorated to match the design finishing of the first floor.

The new door installation on the first and ground floors was also an opportunity for the Worksmart team to demonstrate the new Fire Door Inspection Services, which was formed a few months ago to assist clients and ensure there are fulfilling their legal obligations with regard to fire safety.

The installation of all new fire doors to comply with the regulations for public and commercial buildings will help to give the client peace of mind. Mark McQuade is the holder of a Diploma in Fire Door Inspection, and he heads Worksmart’s Inspection Service.

Janice Steel added: “All projects were completed on time, within budget and the College were delighted with the quality of workmanship.”

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Attacking the Skills Gap – Worksmart’s First Female Apprentice Joiner

Hi, I’m Briony, Worksmart’s first female joinery apprentice!

I’m here to tell you all about why I’ve chosen joinery as a career and go into the pros and cons of working within a male dominated environment as a female joinery apprentice. I’ve not always wanted to be a joiner; over the years – like a lot of people – I’ve changed my mind countless times from civil engineering to geology to forestry.

Finally, after a good friend of mine completed carpentry/joinery course at college, I decide to give it go; turns out I love it! I’m not a hundred percent sure why I enjoy it so much but I do know that I just love building, I always have. So what better way to combine my career with what I thrive on doing?

I began my apprenticeship with Worksmart in June this year after completing 2 years at college, first an NPA in carpentry and joinery then the next level up: a City and Guilds qualification. This led me to Worksmart, as they were carrying out work at Ayrshire College in Ayr while I was doing my course. Good news for me. Next thing I know I’ve got the job and my 2 years of hard work has paid off and I’m officially Worksmart’s first ever female joinery apprentice!

Now, I know there are some people out there who question the path I’ve taken: a job in a predominately male field that has lots of heavy lifting, especially when I’m short, skinny and female. Understandable concerns. There are a few downsides and you can feel a little left out sometimes, but who doesn’t when they start a new job?

Ultimately however, I’ve found that you have to do what you want in life. And although some people may have negative opinions towards my choices, I’ve only ever had support from family, friends etc.

If you get stuck in and work hard, any feelings of doubt will disappear and in a few weeks you’re just one of the guys. Personally, I’ve never had any trouble within such an environment as I’ve never stood for anything but equality. I sometimes feel like I have to try harder than everyone else and that I’m out to prove something. However, if you want to be there and put your all into your work there won’t be a problem.

Now to the pros, there are plenty I could list but I’ll just stick to a few. Firstly, you get to try out lots of fun things like using machinery which I would never otherwise be able to use. You also get to learn directly from people who have years of experience within the industry. I’ve found that it’s mostly just like working anywhere else. If you need help, ask and you’ll get it. If you don’t understand something, ask and it will be explained to you.

I’d like to credit all the guys I’ve worked with so far as they’ve been brilliant and treated me no differently than they would treat a male apprentice. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity or a more accepting company to begin my career as a joiner.

WOMEN IN FIT-OUT

The FIS Women in fit-out sector has been formed to help bring greater recognition to a crucial part of the construction team and to encourage women to enter the sector.
Its aims are to:

• Raise the profile of women in the industry and highlight their successes.
• Inspire the next generation of women to join the fit-out sector.
• Provide a forum for individuals to come together to meet others in similar roles, to network, share ideas and experience and to develop business relationships.

The forum seeks to address the industry’s appalling record of attracting and employing women. Only 14% of the construction workforce is female and less than 1% are working on building sites, a record which places it behind many other key industries.

It’s often the culture that prevents women from working in this industry or stops woman working up through the ranks, with the sector being very male dominated; particularly by older men. It’s necessary that we introduce more diversity to the sector and address the current demographic imbalance. Ensuring more women are being introduced to the industry is crucial.

The industry is not just about building, it involves lots of technical and specific jobs that are suitable for both sexes. The present situation requires a huge change in mindset, both in the people at the top of organisations and those on site.

At the moment, there are no real good female role models who have made it in the industry. There is also a feeling that for women to fit in and be successful in this industry, they are required to be rougher and more demanding; namely more ‘male-like’.

However, women should be allowed to remain feminine and be themselves, without fear of it jeopardising their careers.

At Worksmart, we are committed to this cause, and have recently taken on our first female apprentice. Briony Aulton has joined the Worksmart family as an apprentice joiner, and we hope she will be the first of many more women picking up the tools and donning a hard hat for Worksmart in the coming years!
We look forward to impacting the sector in a positive manner and supporting more women to achieve their goals within the industry.

For more information:
https://www.thefis.org/about-us/special-interest-forums/women-in-fit-out/
Twitter @womeninfit_out

Coffee & a Chat with Gary Baxter – Project Manager

Relatively new to the Worksmart family, Project Manager Gary Baxter describes how impressed he has been with the company since joining just under a year ago.

Tell me a bit about your working background and how you came to join Worksmart?

I began my career as a joiner in the early 1990s, specialising in private bespoke properties. From there, I ended up in the Refurb and Fit-Out industry. I worked for one company for 12 years, progressing from joiner to supervisor in eight or nine months and then on to site manager the following year. After that I worked as a site manager for various companies.

I’ve only been with Worksmart since December 2017. Initially, I spoke to Stevie [Neilson], he’s a genuine guy and everything he’s said he’ll do for me he’s come through on; I’ve been received very well here, and I hope I’m doing a good job in return.

Describe your role and the responsibilities you have?

I’ve been working as a project manager for the last couple of years, the roles and responsibilities of the job are primarily the same as that of a site manager, but on larger scale projects. There’s a lot more detail involved as well as more interaction between design teams and clients.

It’s a job I love. You tend to get a lot more involved and into each project when you’re the project manager.

Did you think your career would progress this way back in the early days when you were a joiner?

Back in the early days I had no idea how things would progress! You go from job to job, with the jobs getting bigger each time, and you can see yourself progressing and begin to get an idea of where you would like to be. Worksmart have been good enough to support me on this path.

How would you like to see your career progress in the next few years?

In the next few years I’d probably like to get into contracts management, which would be looking after several projects at the one time. But for the moment I’m very happy as a project manager.

What’s your best piece of advice for a young person looking to get into your profession?

Stick in and do things properly. My old contracts manager used to say: “if you’re in a house fitting a door you should take 30 minutes; if you’re on a commercial job, you should take an hour.” The commercial game is a lot harder and you’re judged on your last job, so you’d better make sure you’ve done things properly.

What’s your favourite thing about working at Worksmart?

There’s a real community feel around the company. The management are there to boost you and help you at all times. It’s a very positive environment, there’s no negativity and there’s a great work ethic within the company.

When you’re not in the office, what do you like getting up to?

I’ve got two kids, so they keep me very busy! Other than that, I enjoy a game of golf now and again.