Media Release: UK-wide company win £1m local contract on its Glasgow HQ doorstep


FITOUT, housing and maintenance company, Morris & Spottiswood, is used to winning million-pound contracts all over the UK from its offices in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Warrington.

Now Assab, the specialist laboratory equipment arm of the business, has achieved success closer to home, with a £1m+ project providing the laboratory furniture for the New South Glasgow Hospitals.

Says a spokesperson: “The £840m ‘super hospital’ is Scotland’s largest single investment in healthcare services and has the potential to become one of the most advanced medical campuses in Europe. It will be built on the site of the existing Southern General Hospital for NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde and is only minutes from Morris & Spottiswood and Assab’s headquarters in Govan.”

Assab won the contract after an in-depth procurement and consultation process with Brookfield Multiplex.

Mike Sharples, project director for Brookfield Multiplex, said: “This is great news for Assab and I’m delighted that we have been able to source a company on the doorstep.

“This project is a fantastic opportunity for Glasgow and as the main contractor we want to make sure we maximise the opportunities for local companies.

“We’ve developed a robust Community Benefit Strategy and are working hard to make sure people and businesses across Glasgow and Scotland are part of the scheme.”

Mike added: “We initially met with Assab at a ‘Meet the Buyer’ event in Govan and were very impressed with their knowledge, skill and expertise. When the laboratory furniture package was issued, 17 companies expressed an interest in this package but Assab were best placed to deliver the works.

“Being a local company underpins our Community Benefit efforts that have been a great success.’

Assab’s recent projects include laboratories for Proctor & Gamble in Newcastle, Environmental Scientifics Group in Oxfordshire and Staffordshire, Applied Biosciences in Warrington, International Paint in Gateshead and Imperial College in London.

In Scotland, projects include University of Glasgow, Glasgow Caledonian University, the Scottish Police Services Authority Forensics Crime Lab in Dundee and Langside College in Glasgow.

“This is a real success story for Assab,” comments Assab Business Unit head, Jane Finnigan. “We are absolutely delighted to be associated with such a prestigious project and are excited about the opportunity to showcase our vast expertise in our local area.”

The New South Glasgow Hospitals work package for Assab will commence June 2011 and is expected to run for an initial period of 23 weeks.

The Assab business is supported by Morris & Spottiswood’s other internal businesses, such as Bespoke Joinery.

Susan Cardwell, Business Unit head for Bespoke Joinery will organise the manufacture of office benching and shelving for the project.

Editors note:

Part of Morris & Spottiswood, Assab is one of the UK’s leading laboratory furniture specialists and has over 40 years’ experience throughout all sectors of industry.

Assab’s services include the design, manufacture and installation of top-quality modular laboratory furniture and fume cupboards – from a single bench through to complete design and build and turnkey packages.

Morris & Spottiswood is a leading provider of Fit out, Housing and Maintenance services to the retail, banking, commercial, education, healthcare, public and affordable housing sectors across Scotland and Northern England.

Established in 1925, the company is Britain’s sixth largest retail fit out specialist. Morris & Spottiswood is also a leading regional provider of new build, refurbishment and maintenance services to the affordable housing sector.

The company has a growing portfolio of affordable housing projects arising from partnering agreements with local housing organisations throughout Scotland.

For further information please contact:

Lynda Nicolson

communications manager

Morris & Spottiswood

Tel: 0141 425 4952


Mobile: 07794 210 482

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Contact: Lynda Nicolson
Phone: 0141 425 4952 / 07794 210482