Record Turnover for Glasgow Construction Group

A leading Glasgow construction and manufacturing group has reported a strong year with turnover exceeding £134 million – up 18 per cent on 2016’s figures. Profit before taxation also significantly increased on the previous year to over £4.3 million.

Commenting on the group’s performance for the financial year ended March 2017, Alastair Wylie, Chairman and Chief Executive of CCG (Scotland) Ltd said:

“CCG has been in business for more than four decades and we continue to go from strength to strength because we are always innovating and staying ahead of the curve.

“We pride ourselves on being a quality construction business that can operate in all sectors of the construction industry. It has been extremely encouraging that we have again generated more than 25% of our turnover from non-housing projects.   

“Housebuilding still remains at the core of our business and our contribution to this sector is a direct result of a £12 million investment in our own Off-Site Manufacturing facility (CCG OSM) in 2012. This enables us to produce fully enhanced closed panel timber systems in controlled factory conditions before transporting to site for final installation”.  

CCG OSM is the only facility of this scale in Scotland, with a 130,000 square foot production hall, capable of producing 3,000 homes per year.  

CCG OSM also reported a significant increase in turnover for the latest financial year – up 15 per cent on 2016 to over £12.7 million. 

CCG attributes its success to its staff, with training and investment in young people at the core of their ethos. In August 2016 the company recruited 16 trade apprentices which raised the number employed to 62 across bricklaying, plumbing and joinery. In addition in March 2017 the group had 19 trainees within the management, professional and administration departments of the group representing over 10% of the group’s 650 strong workforce. Further recruitment since March 2017 has resulted in the company now employing 71 trade apprentices and 31 trainees within the management, professional and administration departments of the group.

Over the past year, CCG has worked on key projects including the final phase of 206 homes for the award winning Anderston Regeneration in Glasgow city centre for Sanctuary Housing Association. The company also went live on a 42 flat development on Ellerslie Road in Yoker, which through the use of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT), is now the tallest timber structure in Scotland.

Alastair continued: 

“There was a period this year when we were live on over 1,000 homes which is a fantastic achievement for the business. Our teams have been focused on developing new partnerships to support Scotland’s housing ambitions while our R&D division continues to explore new products and processes such as CLT which will enable us to enhance our offering in the delivery of flatted residential developments.”

“To support our growth ambitions we also put the necessary divisional structures in place including launching our own building services and M&E division, Arc-Tech.

“2017 has been an incredible year for CCG and we look forward to the new opportunities that lie ahead over the next 12 months and beyond.”

Key achievements in 2016/17 – Affordable Housing 
• CCG is currently working with Sanctuary Group on the £50 million five-phase multi-award winning Anderston Regeneration Project that is changing the face of a key urban quarter in Glasgow city centre. The firm commenced work on the first phase of the development in 2009 and by the time the last phase is complete in 2018, 540 new, affordable homes will have been created. CCG is currently on site at the final phase which will see 206 mid-market rent flats constructed adjacent to Argyle Street, one of Glasgow’s busiest routes to and from the city. The Anderston Regeneration also showcases CCG’s commitment to skills and training, with 20 CCG apprentices currently posted on the site alongside two Trainee Assistant Site Managers.
• Earlier this year, CCG started building the tallest timber structure in Scotland consisting of 42 highly sustainable flats for mid-market rent in partnership with Sanctuary Scotland, funded by Glasgow City Council. The Ellerslie Road development has been constructed entirely of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) which boasts strength and stiffness properties which can rival that of concrete and steel. 
• As part of the first phase of the Craigmillar Town Centre Masterplan on behalf of Dunedin Canmore CCG is live on site building 111 new affordable homes.  Scheduled for completion in Summer 2018, the current phase of CCG’s development will consist of 53 new homes for social rent and a further 58 for mid-market rent. This builds on other work CCG has delivered in Edinburgh over the past three years, including the regeneration of the former Niddrie Mill Primary School into ‘The Schoolhouse’, the creation of the Thistle Foundation Centre for Health and Wellbeing, the successful completion of 112 PRS flats at Lochrin Basin and 94 new affordable homes at Leith Fort. 
• Since October 2016 CCG has delivered 32 affordable homes for Perth & Kinross Council through the Scottish Procurement Alliance (SPA) NH1 New Build Homes Framework.  All of the properties - situated at Nimmo Avenue, Cairns Crescent and Gleanearn Road in Perth - were created using closed panel timber systems at CCG’s Off-Site Manufacturing centre in Cambuslang, with each of the developments securing a prestigious Silver standard of sustainability.  

Key achievements in 2016/17 – Care homes 
This summer, CCG completed a £12 million care home and day centre in Paisley, near Glasgow on behalf of Veteran’s charities, Royal Blind and the Scottish War Blinded.  The day centre is located adjacent to the 52 bed care home, with pedestrian links between the two buildings.  CCG was tasked with creating two spaces with a simple layout that would cater for the site’s visually impaired users.  The care home consists of two wings – one of which houses a sports hall and gymnasium while the second has a number of smaller rooms including a workshop, art room, kitchen and therapy room.  There is also a garden room where users can relax and connect with nature.  
CCG is working to complete Abbotsford House Luxury Suites - a care home development delivered for Morrison Community Care Group in Milngavie, East Dunbartonshire. The luxury facility offers personal and bespoke services to residents offering 45 state-of-the-art private suites, 4 restaurants, private gardens and its very own cinema. Through the use of CCG OSM’s enhanced closed panel timber system, the entire building was fully wind and water tight in a construction period of just nine weeks. The luxury facility is due to launch this December.

Key achievements in 2016/17 - Commercial
A new car showroom was constructed in Ayr for Park’s Motor Group, showcasing Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles.  CCG used a steel frame and high-spec curtain walling for the build, which also includes panoramic glass frontage and open landscaping to the sides of the building. The showroom includes space for up to 12 vehicles with high-specification desk space for sales staff and a specialist workshop and parts department to the rear of the building. Jaguar Land Rover was completed in May 2017.

Key achievements in 2016/17 – Student accommodation 
In Autumn 2016 CCG completed a 237-bed student housing development in Orwell Terrace on behalf of Edinburgh Napier University. The accommodation offers students’ unrivalled access to local amenities and public transport, including links to some of the University’s campuses as well as leisure facilities and supermarkets all within 1,000m. 

Key achievements in 2017/17 – Education
CCG commenced works on three projects working in partnership with Hub West Scotland to deliver the new St Ninian’s Primary School, an extension to Moorfoot Primary School, and a new nursery in Greenock. All of the projects commenced this summer on behalf of Inverclyde Council and are due for completion in 2018.

Key achievements in 2016/17 – developments 
Glamis Road in Dundee has undergone a major transformation from a former brownfield site into a mix of 17 three and four-bedroom homes for private sale, with all building and sales directly undertaken by CCG.  Nearby Blackwood House was also redeveloped by the construction firm on behalf of Blackwood Group into 6 two-bedroom special needs flats. CCG successfully sold all of the private homes – which were priced from £185,000 - within ten months of going on sale. Blackwood House, or otherwise known as the ‘Concept Home’, sits adjacent to the private homes and is one of Scotland’s most innovative amenity housing developments. 
Crowned Affordable Housing Development of the Year (Private Builders) at the Scottish Home Awards 2017, CCG successfully worked with Parc Craigmillar Ltd on the regeneration of the site of the former Niddrie Mill Primary School in Edinburgh.  The development was transformed into a stunning mix of Private for Sale and Affordable housing consisting of 28 mid-market rent flats for Places for People, 6 flats for Social Rent for Castle Rock/Edinvar and 32 Private for Sale properties. Given the historical importance of the former to school to the community of Craigmillar, CCG combined old and new through detailed design work and the application of CCG OSM’s enhanced closed panel timber system, enabling CCG to retain the non-listed but valuable façade following extensive retention and preservation work.
Located within the densely populated Hyndland area of the west end of Glasgow, CCG was tasked with building 6 luxury townhouses on the site of Partickhill Bowling Club and Tennis Association’s former tennis courts. Working in partnership with Noah Developments, and in line with the Glasgow West Conservation Policy, the new townhouses, which were completed in May 2017, reach three storeys in a terraced block arrangement with the new members garden acting as a buffer between the housing and the bowling green. 

Key achievements in 2016/17 – the CCG group
As part of the City Legacy consortium, CCG won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise for the hugely successful Commonwealth Games Athletes’ Village, a project which was delivered on budget and on time.  
Sixteen young people aged 16-19 commenced their construction apprenticeship programme with CCG in summer 2016. Each new start will undergo a four-year intensive training programme where they will acquire practical and theoretical skills before qualifying in their certified trade. A further 22 apprentices were taken on in summer 2017 and are involved on live CCG projects, with support and guidance from a site mentor – taking the total number of apprentices at the company up to 70 – more than 10 per cent of the company’s 650 strong workforce.
CCG secured the Affordable housing development (private builders) accolade at the Scottish Home Awards in June 2016 for the development of Panmure Street in Maryhill, north Glasgow.
2016/17 saw CCG launch a new division – Arc-Tech - offering a comprehensive range of services to the Scottish building and construction industry. Arc-Tech delivers services including plumbing, gas and electric installation, off-site manufacturing and design and project management to the building trade throughout Scotland. The company has seen excellent growth during this time with now over 50 staff working across the office and site-based environment. Key to this success has been working with clients such as Glasgow Airport, GHI Contracts and SSEN. 

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