Company Profile

Our team at Thomson Gray has a wealth of experience and specialist knowledge gained from nearly 20 years working in the construction and property industry, which has seen us become one of Scotland’s leading construction consultants.

Construction site during the building of Stockingfield Bridge, Glasgow. Temporary causeways over two sections of canal at the forked junction of two sections of the Forth and Clyde Canal. The site is shown in summer with earth works underway and the early stages of the bridge tower in progress.

We provide a professional service that is tailored to our clients’ needs, with the aim of maximising the value of their construction and property activities while achieving the highest quality.

By balancing project risk and providing certainty of cost, we allow our clients to operate with confidence in a dynamic and often uncertain market.

Client-focused expertise

Our independent team has an excellent track record of working on construction projects of all types and sizes, including major public buildings such as hospitals, courthouses and schools, sensitive historic properties and residential accommodation for both developers and individual clients.

Inside the National Museum of Scotland Science and Technology Galleries on Chamber Street, Edinburgh. A large victorian hall with three storeys, galleries around the main atrium, wrought iron pillars and a glazed ceiling. Small aircraft hang into the space, suspended from the rafters. Visitors mill around all the spaces.
Interior of a new apartment at The Crescent, part of the redevelopment of Donaldson's College, Edinburgh. Two large sofas face a coffee table in a double-height space. A mezzanine is seen just to the left. Through the large windows is the original Donaldson's College building, across the terraced lawns.

We offer sound, client-focused advice and expertise at all stages of the property life cycle – from inception to completion and beyond. Our consultancy services include project management, quantity surveying, building surveying, health and safety, as well as other key statutory and advisory roles.

A young woman in hi-vis clothing and hard hat, working as a construction consultant, on one of the upper levels of a building under construction on the Isle of Skye, Scotland. Behind her is a view to the pier at Kyleakin, sea and hills.

The multidisciplinary nature of our business means we can offer a turnkey approach whereby we take on several roles on a single project. This leverages all the advantages that can be gained from in-house teamwork across departments.

Interior view of the atrium at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Young People, Edinburgh. A mixture of seating types, colour on the floor and illustration on the walls have been used in the large, bright space. Children and adults are using the area.

Our legacy

We have grown considerably since our beginnings in 2004 when Ron Thomson and Stuart Gray opened a quantity surveying practice in Edinburgh, employing four people in total. 

Today, with offices in five locations across Scotland, we employ more than 80 property and construction consulting professionals. This means that we can work at all scales and cover a wide geographical area.

A view across the water to the Maritime Hub and pier at Ardrishaig, Argyll. It is a still and bright day and the rusty orange roofs of the Hub are clearly visible above the old stone structure below.

Our growth has been managed carefully and we have stayed close to our roots, which means delivering a professional service with a personal touch – regardless of the size of the project. 

Our continued success relies on the strong working relationships we have built up within the construction industry over time.

Interior of the cafe at Inverclyde Sports Centre. In the double-height space, tables and chairs are arranged beside tall windows, with the kiosk opposite. A curved staircase takes a visitor up to the first floor. A family is at one of the tables.

Excellent, two-way communication lies at the heart of everything we do. In our experience this builds trust, respect and a collaborative approach that leads to successful project outcomes.

How we work

We have extensive experience of helping clients formulate their project briefs and requirements. Following pre-start meetings with the client team, consultants and relevant stakeholders in which the project’s requirements are fully interrogated, we collectively agree our role in the delivery process.

Our project teams are carefully selected to meet the requirements of individual commissions, all of which are overseen by a project director with a hands-on approach, ensuring our work is delivered to the highest of standards.

Construction consultants visiting the site of a hydro project in Scotland. A crane is positioned behind the site of a new hydro structure made in concrete.
A senior male member of staff at Thomson Gray Construction Consultants works at a flip board using post-its to map out ideas.

Team members have the necessary skills to communicate, manage and lead on complex projects in order to hit budgetary milestones and timescales.

We believe that team working is vital to the success of any project and that good stakeholder planning and engagement are key in respect of a project fulfilling its potential.

We take a highly proactive approach, anticipating rather than reacting, because we believe this is the most effective way to manage project risk.

An architect's visualisation of the Seamab building. Set in landscaped grounds the two storey building is timber clad on its upper level, with a pitched roof. Large windows feature on both storeys, with angled windows upstairs. In the grounds, residents walk and play.
Thomson Gray supports the charity Seamab in its work with children and young people.

Social impact

We understand that we are part of the community in which we operate and that we have a role to play beyond the day-to-day business of work.

Our staff members are encouraged to get involved in community volunteer days, fundraising, and pro bono work. We sponsor local youth football teams and several charities, including Radio Lollipop, Spifox and Seamab.

The 2014 Team at Garnkirk United - the boys football team lines up in its red strip for a photo at their practice ground.
Garnkirk United's team for children born in 2014 – one of the community football organisations supported by Thomson Gray.
Dalkeith Thistle football team for girls under 12. The team lines up with its coaches and sponsor for a team photo wearing their black strip.
Thomson Gray sponsors the team for girls under twelve at Dalkeith Thistle Community Football Club.

Quality management

Our internal quality management team ensures that we meet all our clients’ needs and expectations through effective communication, consistency and quality control. Our rigorous quality management system defines the specific procedures for the control and development of each project. We are ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2004 certified.

We have a strict data security policy to protect the privacy and confidentiality of our clients and ourselves, with security measures that exceed current best practice. We are accredited members of the government-backed Cyber Essentials scheme.

Accreditations

We are a RICS regulated company, members of the Association For Project Safety and are SSIP (Safety Schemes in Procurement) accredited for both CHAS and Smas Worksafe. We also hold Constructionline Gold membership.

We are an accredited Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) provider, Investors in People Gold accredited and members of the STEM Ambassador scheme and Scottish Business Pledge. We also support the Scottish Government’s Young Person’s Guarantee scheme and are a certified Living Wage employer.

Inside the largest courtroom at Inverness Justice Centre. A tall, timber clad ceiling stretches up towards daylight. A square light hangs over the central space with desks and seating.
In the central atrium at Garnock School, Scotland. Pupils sit beside the stairs on bench seating, and queue in the cafeteria. The design features exposed services, concrete and large skylights. One of the projects of Thomson Gray Construction Consultants.
Thomson Gray has successfully managed all challenges with the utmost professionalism
Kevin Minnock
Project Director, NHS Highland