Airport contract has Glasgow firm flying high

Picture by Lesley Martin 18 November 2015 WORLD DUTY FREE STORE LAUNCH - 40 + NEW JOBS AT EDINBURGH AIRPORT Edinburgh Airport has today welcomed the official launch of the new World Duty Free store - which has delivered 44 new jobs. Commenting Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive Gordon Dewar said: "This fantastic World Duty Free store doubling in size is a great example of how we have listened to our passengers and have delivered greater choice to improve the constantly evolving Edinburgh Airport experience. "The creation of 44 new jobs at this store and the development of the whisky and beauty brands shows that World Duty Free recognises the ambition that Edinburgh Airport has for greater growth. "Edinburgh Airport is going from strength to strength - with more airlines and a greater choice of routes and destinations than ever before - and we are well on course to make 2015 our busiest year ever." Fred Creighton, Director of Retail Operations for World Duty Free, said: "Edinburgh Airport is one of the UK's most successful and vibrant airports and is an important part of our business.  We've enjoyed working in close partnership with the airport team to create this new store, which delivers a very different shopping experience, along with a variety of new brands that our customers most want to see." Pictured is: Fred Creighton, Director of Retail Operations for World Duty Free and Edinburgh Airport Chief Executive Gordon Dewar cutting the ribbon at the new store. ******* FREE FIRST USE ONLY *******
Edinburgh Airport chief executive Gordon Dewar and Fred Creighton, director of retail operations for World Duty Free

Morris & Spottiswood has bagged a £1.2m contract to redevelop part of Edinburgh Airport’s retail offering.

The Glasgow-based fit-out contractor firm’s project manager, Scott Ramsay, said, “We were tasked with stripping out the existing duty free and retail area and reconfiguring it into smaller retail units for Boots, WHSmith and World Duty Free. We’ve just completed phase one of the retail shell and core works. In phase two we will create six further retail units by the end of May 2016. As part of the project we are removing old ceramic tiles, configuring sprinkler systems to allow individual unit control and putting in new ventilation systems and chilled water systems.”

In addition to Scott Ramsay, Morris & Spottiswood has deployed two site managers, three site supervisors, an administrator and an M&E project manager to Edinburgh Airport for the duration of the works.

Much of the work is being carried out overnight in a bid to minimise disruption to passengers and airport staff.

Scott Ramsey added, “Working in an airport presents a number of unique challenges. For instance, anyone who works in an airport has to go through a rigorous vetting procedure. Then there is the logistical challenge of transporting the materials we need for our projects across the airport campus.

“Adapting to the airport environment and ensuring that we adhere to all the rules and regulations has been key. Our professionalism as well as the quality of our work is what has helped us to secure further contracts.”