Thomson Gray have been fortunate to work on a number of award-nominated and award-winning construction projects in 2019. There is some added satisfaction to being involved with projects that not only deliver what was required by the client but also attract wider plaudits and recognition. We are delighted that the considerable breadth of experience and ability we bring to each project should be a part of such recognition.


Royal College of Physicians, Queens Street, Edinburgh

Working with LDN Architects and David Narro Associates, Thomson Gray provided both Quantity Surveying and Principal Design services to a project that involved the sensitive refurbishment of a number of Grade A listed buildings on Queens Street, in the heart of Edinburgh.

The overarching aim was to improve accessibility both to, and within, the Royal College and the centrepiece of the project was the refurbishment of the existing 300 seat auditorium. This encompassed the installation of new audiovisual, video conferencing, audience E-Vote response system and podium, tabletop and audience microphones. The Royal College of Physicians was named the Best UK (Non-Residential) Conference Venue at the Academic Venue Awards 2019.

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Broomlands Primary School

Thomson Gray have worked previously with Glasgow-based architects Stallan Brand on Langlee Primary School.  This was a similar, two-phase project; firstly the creation and construction of the new school which permitted the staff and pupils to decant while phase two, the demolition and landscaping of the old school site, was completed.  The new school comprises 12 classrooms, an early years centre, games/dining hall and has state of the art sports and recreational facilities within the site.

Thomson Gray provided Quantity Surveying and Health and Safety consultancy for this project, contributing to the building being completed on time and within budget.

The visually stunning design was nominated for a Scottish Design Award in the Education Building category in 2019.

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Donaldson’s College Playfair redevelopment

Following the move of Donaldson’s School for the deaf to its new home in Linlithgow, extensive development work has been taking place at the iconic site, just to the west of Edinburgh’s Haymarket.  The building was designed by William Playfair, one of Scotland’s most famous architects. In addition to this building, Playfair was also responsible for The Scottish National Gallery and the Parthenon-style National Monument on Calton Hill.

Starting in 2017, Thomson Gray have been working with City and Country and CALA Evans on a four-year project to develop the existing building and the surrounding area into exclusive, high-quality residential properties. Thomson Gray are providing Principal Designer, Project Management and full QS services to CALA Evans, and are acting as Consortium Contract Administrator to both CALA Evans and City and Country.

Given the prestige of the site and its historical significance to the city of Edinburgh, it is no surprise that this project has attracted a number of awards, including:

  • Winners of 2019 RICS Awards Scotland – Residential Category 
  • Winners of 2018 WhatHouse? Awards – Gold for Best Renovation
  • Winners of 2018 Scottish Home Awards for Apartment Development of the Year 
  • Winners of 2018 Scottish Home Awards for Renovation of the Year
  • Winners of 2018 The Herald Property Awards Scotland for the Judges’ Award

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You can find out more about all of these award-nominated and award-winning construction projects by following the links above, and detailed case studies are available on request. As these projects demonstrate, awards are nice, but with Thomson Gray, excellence always comes as standard.

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