GLM expands in the west with opening of new office and senior appointment

Ian McKee and Gerard Smith

ARCHITECTURE and building surveying practice Gibbon Lawson McKee Limited (GLM) has announced its expansion into the west of Scotland and a focus on commercial markets with the appointment of Gerard Smith.

The consultancy, now in its 25th year, employs over 20 staff across Scotland and the launch of the new office could see further team growth in the future. The office will cover work throughout the west of Scotland providing a full complement of services while specialising in the commercial offering of building surveying and project management.

The firm said the move comes at a time when demand for technical, project experienced property and construction professionals is at an ‘unprecedented high’ and the team has already secured a number of contracts to be serviced across¬† three offices.

Leading the west team will be Gerard Smith, formerly of Ryden, and newly appointed as a director of the Glasgow venture alongside GLM MD and co-founder, Ian McKee.

Ian McKee said, “We have seen the potential for growth in the west of Scotland for quite some time and after a series of successful projects delivered by the team based in Edinburgh we were exploring opportunities when the chance to work again with Gerry arose. Gerry worked with David Gibbon (another co-founder of GLM) back in the late 1980s at Povell Worthington before I joined David and we subsequently started GLM together.¬† I look forward to working with Gerry to create opportunities and develop the offering in the west in the coming months and years.”

Director Gerard Smith added, “I am excited at the potential for what this partnership with Ian McKee, David Gibbon and the wider team at GLM holds for me. It is brilliant to have the opportunity to build on my past experience, connections and grow the awareness of GLM and the wide array of services that we can deliver across the market in the west.”