OUR new office in West Lothian has been officially opened by local MSP Angela Constance.
Directors Richard and Athole joined our guest for the ceremony at the Ashwood Court satellite in Mid Calder, Livingston.
'As the MSP for the Almond Valley, I am absolutely delighted to welcome Kilmac to West Lothian' said Angela.
“We are currently working hard to secure city status and Livingston is very much the place to be for all manner of industries.
“People often associate West Lothian with our fabulous retail offering, and rightly so.
“But some of the biggest life science companies are based here and the financial sector is also important to us.
“More traditional businesses are also integral to our economy.
“There has been a lot of construction work over the past decade in the region and that is continuing in terms of both homes and local infrastructure, such as schools and medical surgeries.
“We are determined to grow our local economy and it is great to see companies like Kilmac pro-actively deciding to come to the area, open premises and already look towards future expansion.
“I know Kilmac has a long and proud history in Tayside and Fife so this investment will be warmly welcomed.”
The decision to open a base beyond our traditional Tayside heartland has been prompted by the growing number of contracts we have secured in Central Scotland over the last 12 months.
The new office will be the hub for more than 20 office staff, engineers, surveyors and labourers living in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Glasgow areas.
Hopefully more jobs will be created further down the line.
As the construction industry bounces back strongly from lockdown, the management team has targeted a 50% increase in turnover to £30 million within the next three years.
“Before the pandemic struck, we had boosted our turnover to £14 million and despite everything going on hold for two months during lockdown last year we came close to matching that,” Athole told the media.
“The decision to have a presence in the Livingston area makes sense from a geographical point of view.
“We enjoy a close relationship with Aldi and completed a contract at their new Livingston store last year.
“We have also been working in the town with Muir Construction on extensions to the Alba campus laboratories.
“Those projects each came in around the £1.5 million mark.
“Hard on the heels of a contract with McLaughlin and Harvey at the University of Edinburgh's Nucleus project, we secured contracts with BAM Construction for two West Lothian Council special needs schools at Cedarbank and Pinewood.
“Having picked up projects worth more than £10 million in and around West Lothian over the last couple of years we felt the time was right to create our first base beyond Tayside.
“The offices provide scope for expansion and new jobs as we continue to grow our presence and client base in the region.”