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Major Repairs Scheme gets underway

130814 (5) - CopyOne of the most prominent buildings in the Finnieston area is to undergo a major repairs scheme following the success of our Residential Management team securing grant funding from Glasgow City Council on behalf of the property owners.

Significant works were required to the building and while the property owners were keen to proceed the costs involved were proving prohibitive.  Our repairs team and property inspector worked closely with the owners and Glasgow City Council resulting in substantial funding being secured which has now allowed the works to go ahead.

Recent reports such as the Glasgow Factoring Commission findings published in January of this year have recognised that there has been a general deterioration of buildings in the city due to under investment from property owners.  As property managers we will do whatever we can to ensure buildings are maintained to the highest possible standard however ultimately if there is a lack of funds then works may not proceed.

The success of this repairs scheme shows that by working together owners, property managers and local authorities can ensure that essential works are carried out which will not only protect the owners’ investment but also help maintain the outstanding heritage of our city.

 

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commonwealth games – traffic management

Gymnastics Green 2The excitement is building as we welcome the 2014 Commonwealth Games to Glasgow.  This will be an incredible event for the city and we are looking forward to a jam packed 11 days of sport and festivities.  We have two members of staff involved in the games, Yvette Hutcheson is a Clydesider and Cheryl Dearie is part of the cast performing at the opening ceremony; we know both will be fantastic in their roles at Scotland’s biggest ever sporting event.

During the games there will be up to 1 million people travelling to and from areas in and around Glasgow so the transport network is going to be much busier. Some road and parking restrictions will be in place which may affect our usual response times.  We have been preparing and planning for the impact the games will have for a number of months and have been in contact with our approved contractors to ask that they ensure they are familiar with all traffic restrictions so that any impact on response times is minimal.  Further information on traffic management plans can be found at www.getreadyglasgow.com.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be incredible and we can’t wait for them to get started.

 

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speirs gumley appointed to manage one of Glasgows most iconic buildings

Glasgow-The-Willow-Tea-Room-JC-2007-IMG_9592-300x225The new Celia Sinclair Charitable Trust has acquired the Category-A listed Willow Tea Rooms and has appointed Speirs Gumley to manage the building.

The Willow Tea Rooms is one of Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s most famous creations and attracts many tourists every year to see the outstanding architecture and incredible interior design of the building.

In a recent interview Ms Sinclair said “The Willow Tea Rooms is an iconic building and I couldn’t simply stand by and watch it deteriorate. I’m a proud Glaswegian and I want to see its heritage preserved for the generations to come.

I started this project over a year ago. The recent tragic fire at the Glasgow School of Art has underlined to me, and others, that we really do need to act to safeguard what remains of Mackintosh’s work.

The Trust will ensure that after the renovation work the building will be financially secure and that due care and attention will be given to the building forever.”

We are dedicated to maintaining the heritage of our great city and are extremely proud that the Charitable Trust have recognised that appointing Speirs Gumley will ensure this magnificent building will receive the care and attention needed to restore it to its former glory.

The Willow Tea Rooms is a welcome addition to our growing portfolio of properties of architectural and historical significance which include Dalzell House in Motherwell, Kingston House in Edinburgh and Merchant Hall, The Merchants House and The Beresford Building in Glasgow among many others.

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New appointments for our residential letting team

IMG_0488 - CopyWe are delighted to announce that our Residential Letting department have been appointed to manage all 16 flats in the superb MargarettaBuilding on the Southside of Glasgow.

As common managing agents for the building the landlords saw the huge benefits of appointing our Letting team to look after the flats.  Not only are there obvious cost savings on the combined service but the landlords will have the advantage of all insurance claims being dealt with in house, repairs being actioned quicker and of course our in-depth knowledge of the development.

If you are a Landlord who has a property within a building managed by Speirs Gumley you could benefit from appointing our Lettings team to look after your flat.  Give us a call and we will be happy to help.

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Welcome to our new additions

The team at Speirs Gumley continues to grow with the recent addition of Julia Deans and Robert Nixon.

Julia joins our Commercial Department as a Management Surveyor at a very exciting time  as we continue to expand our portfolio.

Robert has been appointed to manage our thriving Lettings Department and brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role.

We are delighted to welcome Julia and Robert to the team as we look forward to the opportunities that are ahead.

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rally for bally a huge success

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The Rally for Bally event held at The Western Tennis Club on Saturday the 28th June has helped raise over £10000 for MacMillan Cancer Support and the Elena Baltacha Tennis Academy.

Celebrities taking part including Kaye Adams, Sanjeev Kholi, Judith Ralston and Alan Rough served up some great shots as well as some big laughs for the spectators.

Photos from the day can be viewed and purchased from http://www.tennisartist.com/Sports/Rally-4-Bally-Charity-Fund/ and you can also still donate to this fantastic cause at https://www.justgiving.com/westerntennisrallyforbally/

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Annual Flame of Hope Awards nomination

image001[1] - CopyWe are extremely proud to have been nominated in the category of Corporate Community Supporter of the Year in Cancer Research UK’s annual Flame of Hope Awards.

The nomination is recognition for the outstanding contribution and commitment from our team in raising funds for a cause that is close to the heart of so many.

Supporters fund half of all cancer research in the UK and thanks to the efforts of so many dedicated people the chances of survival from cancer have doubled in the last 40 years.  We will continue to support Cancer Research UK so that we can help accelerate progress and create still more tomorrows.

 

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Rally for Bally Celebrity Tennis

backballyWe are delighted to be sponsoring the Rally for Bally celebrity tennis fundraising event on Saturday 28th June to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support and the Elena Baltacha Academy.

Elena was a truly inspirational person,as well as tennis player,who fought her illness with tremendous courage. The event will honour her memory as well as raising much needed funds for two great charities.

Already signed up to participate in the event are Sanjeev Kohli and Greg Hemphill (Still Game), Kaye Adams (Loose Women), Judith Ralston (BBC Weather Presenter), Alan Rough (former Scotland International goalkeeper), Ian McCall (Scottish football player and manager), Alison Walker and Rob McLean and (Sports commentators) who all ready to take part in the celebrity showdown.

If you are interested in tickets for the event please email minitennis@glasgowwestern.co.uk or to donate go to www.justgiving.com/westerntennisrallyforbally

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New Appointment

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We are delighted to welcome Iain Friel as our new Managing Director.

Iain has an excellent reputation within the industry having been a former President of the Property Managers Association Scotland and brings with him 30 years experience of dealing with both Residential and Commercial property throughout the UK.

Iain said “I am delighted to be joining the team at Speirs Gumley and I am very much looking forward to building upon the success of the Company and meeting the challenges ahead”

This is another exciting development for Speirs Gumley as we continue to grow from strength to strength.

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Win Tickets To See The Glasgow Rocks on Easter Sunday

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We are delighted to have teamed up with the Glasgow Rocks and The Evening Times to offer you the chance to win an eggscelent prize for Easter Sunday.

To have a chance of winning a pair of tickets to The Rocks final league game of the season against Surrey United simply visit www.eveningtimes.co.uk

Good Luck

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