Forres builder claims top industry award

Published date: 04 May 2017

Local Forres builder MacGillivray Construction has scooped a prestigious Master Builder Award, taking the prize for best Heritage project at the Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) Scotland ceremony. The event was attended by a number of high profile guests including the Leader of the Conservative Party in Scotland and MSP for Edinburgh Central Ruth Davidson.

Now in its 13th year, the Master Builder Awards continues to be a flagship for high-quality building work. Organised by the FMB, the awards programme is unique in that any project entered by the builder must be backed up by the customer – giving home owners the opportunity to support those building companies that have delivered exceptional results.

MacGillivray Construction was selected by the Scottish judges to win the best Heritage project and will now go through to compete in the national finals for the chance to win the UK category title. The ceremony will be held at the Intercontinental Park Lane Hotel in London on 15th September 2017 and will be hosted by TV presenter and building enthusiast Nick Knowles.

The best Heritage Award was presented to MacGillivray Construction for a truly astonishing refurbishment to a traditional fisherman’s cottage, parts of which date back 300 years. The years had certainly taken their toll on this building, with the builders expressing some surprise that it was even still standing. Indeed, the project had to start with some rapid underpinning and support to prevent a complete collapse. The end result made all the hard work worthwhile, however, as the house now combines a traditional appearance with a modern functional interior.

Gordon Nelson, Director of FMB Scotland, said: “The Master Builder Awards give the FMB the opportunity to celebrate a job well done and for clients to say thank you to their builders. For the building industry, it is an opportunity to celebrate all that is good about small local builders and their importance to the UK economy.

“Time and time again we have been impressed with just how far these builders will go to ensure their client is happy. It is this dedication that we want to celebrate. MacGillivray Construction should feel justly proud of its achievement in winning and we wish the firm every success in the national competition.”

If MacGillivray Construction wins the overall Master Builder Awards title, selected from all category winners, the team will receive a brand new Vauxhall Light Commercial Vehicle worth up to £20,000. Their clients will also receive a cheque for £1,000 for their efforts.

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