There are many highs and lows in the construction industry, especially given the political and economical climate over the last decade or so. Thomson Gray has worked endlessly to stay on top of its game, even when times are tough.
For fifteen years the company has strengthened its services – achieving accreditations and awards to add value to the business, and the industry at large. By focussing on building a strong and happy workforce, expanding in both geographical and industry areas and taking risks on large scale and far-flung projects the company has grown from strength to strength.
Here we look at the past fifteen years of Thomson Gray as Stuart Gray, MD, picks his favourite memories from the years.
2004 – Starting out
- With just two directors – Ron Thomson and Stuart Gray (Thomson & Gray), trading began in September 2004. Our small offices in Hill Street, Edinburgh were home to 4 members of staff and offered two services – Quantity Surveying and Planning Supervisor.
- Turnover in 2005 was £384 K in 2018 Turnover was £3.528 Million
- 4 staff in 2004 by 2019 increased to 45 Staff
2005 – First award!
- QS News voted us Best New QS Firm in UK (less than 100 staff)
2006 – Growing across Scotland
- Thomson Gray’s growing success meant reaching further across Scotland. In 2006 we opened our Borders office in Galashiels – employing one new member of staff
- 2006 saw Thomson Gray appointed on the £100M Falkirk Schools PPP project to supply QS services to Ogilvie / Gateway delivering four new High schools – Grangemouth, Denny, Falkirk and St Mungo’s
2007 – Diverse projects and new working space
- In this year Thomson Gray were appointed to supply Quantity Surveying and CDM services for new sun deck function suite and café space on the Royal Yacht Britannia.
- The company outgrew the small Edinburgh office so moved to a modern 1,900 square feet suite at Prospect House, 5 Thistle Street, Edinburgh
- Work began on Thomson Gray’s largest project to date. The £170M new Sick Children’s Hospital for NHS Lothian
2008 – Focusing on workplace wellbeing
- Happy New Year! The start of 2008 saw Thomson Gray take the staff on an adventure to Krakow. This allowed the staff to experience the former Polish capital’s traditional architecture and atmospheric Old Town and included visits to Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Wieliczka Salt Mine
- By the end of 2008, the company had achieved the Investors in People Accreditation. A year of hard work, reward and team building to set a good standard of workplace positivity going forward.
2009 – Continued growth and expansion
- Keeping up with demand in the Borders, Thomson Gray opened its Melrose office, employing another member of staff bringing our borders staff complement up to 2.
- By the end of 2009, Thomson Gray turnover exceeds £1M.
2010 – Travelling adventures and winning awards
- The hard-working staff were rewarded for the successes of the previous year was with a staff trip to Madrid where we took in the delights of the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, an open-topped bus tour of the city plus a stadium tour of Stadio Santiago Bernabeu
- Holidays aside, this was a great year for promoting the work and innovation of Thomson Gray when it was announced as Finalist in the Building Awards Category for Consultant / Surveyor of the year (fewer than 100 staff). This was quickly followed up by a second announcement in 2011. The Directors attended the star-studded awards ceremony at Grosvenor House in London in April of that year.
2011 – Strengthening accreditations & appointments in sunnier climes
- More hard work and investment in procedures saw the achievement of the ISO 9001:2008 Quality Management Accreditation
- The company won the contract as Project and Cost Managers on Pragelato Ski Resort in Italy
2012 – A change in directors and further accreditations
- This year saw a big change at Director level following the retirement of founding director Ron Thomson. Stuart Gray moved into the role of Managing Director.
- By mid-July, the company adds the SSIP accreditation for Health & Safety to its growing list of accolades
2013 – Hitting the 1,000-project mark
- Thomson Gray celebrates the achievement of involvement in over 1000 projects.
- Accreditation successes continue with the achievement of the ISO14001 Environmental Accreditation
2014 – Expansion and continued growth
- March 2014 saw the list of services grow with the opening of the Building Surveying Division headed up by Ged Gowans and which now employs 9 staff
- 2014 closes on a positive note as Thomson Gray Turnover exceeds £1.5M
2015 – Another year of growth, expansion and successes
- Continuing the great work of the previous year, another new division opens its doors – Project Management Services begins in Edinburgh with two staff.
- Growth continues across Scotland – this time in the North with the opening of the Inverness office to provide a base for supporting overgrowing list of projects in Inverness, Aviemore, Skye and the Highlands.
- Thomson Gray is appointed to provide cost management services on Hotel Phoenicia in Malta
- The company celebrates another great year as 2015 ends with turnover exceeding £2M
2016 – Onwards and Upwards
- By mid-2016 the Edinburgh suite is too small. The Edinburgh branch moves to a larger suite (3,500 sq. feet) in Prospect House
- Before the year is out another new branch opens – this time in Glasgow which offers our full range of services including quantity surveying, project management and building surveying services.
2017 – Continuing to enhance the lives of staff and celebrating continued turnover triumphs
- In February Thomson Gray celebrates its status as a Living Wage Employer
- 2017 ends with a turnover exceeding £3 Million
2018 – Strengthening services
- By the end of 2018, Thomson Gray celebrates achieving the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System
- More room is needed for the services of the Glasgow office and in October they move into larger offices in Hope Street in the city.
This year – 2019 – Thomson Gray celebrates 15 Years in business
- In September, to say thank you to the staff for the hard work, dedication and support throughout the fifteen years of Thomson Gray, our team are going on a trip to Amsterdam. There’ll be more on that later, we’re sure!
- Thomson Gray has five offices in Scotland and take on work across the UK and Europe when required. With staffing now at 45, the company expects to end 2019 with a Turnover to exceed £4 million.
- The company has broadened the original cost consultancy services into Building Surveying, Project Management, Capital Allowances and Construction Health & Safety.
- Thomson Gray will not be content to sit back instead we will continue to strive to review our business offering and if appropriate we will add new services which we believe complement our existing services and add value for our clients
The future is looking bright for Thomson Gray and Stuart Gray would like to thank those who have supported the company in getting to where it is today. Here’s to the next fifteen years!