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Published by: The Courier
Delighted to be involved in the bicentenary celebrations of The Courier as a firm which aptly covers the length and breadth of Courier County. Hardies Property & Construction Consultants, which celebrated a significant anniversary itself in 2013 – 100 years of operation – is one of Scotland’s largest multi discipline surveying firms with fourteen offices across Scotland. In “Courier County”, these include offices in Dunfermline and St Andrews in Fife, Stirling and Perth and WJR Christie & Partners in Dundee, which became part of Hardies in 2009, retaining its well known name in the city.
Hardies offers a range of industry relevant services, which are constantly evolving to ensure that it remains competitive, and in many cases market leading. Clients in both the private and public sectors are provided with a complete operation in property and construction development, including property valuation, building and quantity surveying and project management. The firm also handles the leasing and sale of commercial and industrial buildings; H&S Principal Designer and the provision of Energy Performance Certificates. Altogether, Hardies employ over 100 members of staff, professionally qualified in various disciplines.
An example of how Hardies is leading the way in the market is its prowess in Building Information Modelling, or BIM as it is known. Level Two BIM Training (Building Information Modelling) has been achieved amongst all of Hardies leading surveyors, with all other surveying staff having had BIM training.
We have invested a great deal of time and money to train our leading surveyors in this new discipline which creates value for the combined efforts of people, process and technology, “said Derek Ferrier, Managing Partner of Hardies. “About eighteen months ago we had the foresight to see that BIM was the way the industry was heading. We knew we had to be major part of it, especially as we are very active in the provision of new schools, the vast majority of which use BIM technology.”
“We have a BIM Tsar for the firm, Quantity Surveyor Simon Beveridge in the Edinburgh office,” said Derek. “Simon has been instrumental in driving this initiative forward for the company, and it has worked really well.”
Hardies has also achieved success in investing in its staff. The firm is one of only two organisations within the Scottish consultancy and surveying industry to have achieved Investors in People Gold and Investors in Young People accreditations. Investors in People is the most successful framework for business improvement through people whilst Investors in Young People is the only people management standard that focuses on an employer’s recruitment and retention of young people.
Commenting on the awards, Derek Ferrier said: “We are delighted to achieve both of these prestigious accreditations, which are the result of a great deal of hard work and investment in personnel, and in our working practices over the years. Our employees are the very heart of our organisation, and we promote a fully supported working environment. As a firm we have always done our bit to bring on the next generation in our industry by operating both a student and graduate trainee scheme. We also offer in house training for other staff members to ensure they can grow in their roles.”
Across Courier County, Hardies and WJR Christie & Partners are busy working on some significant local projects, which include the Hardies St Andrews office recently completing the £4 award winning residential development at Westburn Lane for Eastacre Investments. WJR Christie and the Hardies Perth office have so far this year completed a £2.5m laboratory refurbishment for Abertay University, a £5.5m R&A Test Centre at Kingsbarns, a £12m High School if Dundee Centre for the Performing and Creative Arts, a £12m residential conversion in Inverness and a £5m biomass plant in Perthshire.
In Dunfermline, Hardies has been working further afield – Trump Turnberry in Ayrshire. A full scope of service was provided for this ambitious project, from project management to quantity surveying, to a Principal Designer service and full Clerk of Works cover. The firm is hoping it will work with the Trump Organisation again in the near future.
The Dunfermline office has also been boosted by two new members of staff, a new Principal Designer and Health & Safety Advisor, Gordon Howie and Phil Walker, a new Surveyor. Two existing surveyors have been promoted into more senior roles.
Commenting on the appointments and promotions across Hardies in Fife, and the firm’s general growth in the past two years, Darron McKay, Partner at WJR Christie & Partners said: “As a major firm in the industry it is vital for us to continually develop our staff across all our offices, and to bring in new talent to keep up with the growth of the firm. New doors and opportunities are presenting themselves all the time as Hardies becomes more recognised as big players with big capabilities and reach. We are fast becoming the “go to firm” of choice.
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