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Residential Management Client Gateway Launches Today

As part of our ongoing commitment to delivering the best property management service available we are delighted to announce the launch of our Client Gateway.

We have always been innovators in our industry from being the first company to launch a bespoke property management I.T system almost 20 years ago to the introduction of a unique mobile app in 2014.  Ensuring that we deliver outstanding customer service is at the core of everything we do; we recognise that our clients’ need to be able to have access to their account at times which suit them and have now launched our Client Gateway  to allow you access to your account at your convenience.

Initially, the Gateway will allow you to view a statement of your account, download invoices and pay your account online, all from your laptop, tablet or mobile device.

Further development of the Gateway will provide access to important documents such as Deeds, Factoring Plans and key insurance information, as well as news blogs from your Property Inspector helping keep you up to date.

The launch of our Client Gateway is another important step for us as we continue to push the boundaries of property management.

 

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Speirs Gumley’s innovative schools partnership gives Rosshall Academy pupils a taste of a career in property trades

We will be delivering an innovative career event on 22 March which will give hundreds of pupils from Rosshall Academy in Crookston a taste of a trades careers in the property industry.  This event aims to help more young people find a job by sharing insights on employment opportunities in the property sector.

We organised the Trades Day, after signing up to the Glasgow Schools & Business Partnership programme, which was established by Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Glasgow City Council.

The initiative encourages employers to partner up with a secondary school, actively participate in developing young people at the school, and help teachers to better understand the needs of different occupations and industry sectors. The aim is to increase employability by improving school leavers’ readiness for the world of work.

On Trades Day, we will bring together around 20 tradespeople from across the industry, including electricians, plumbers, builders, gas and lift engineers.  They will visit the school and meet with pupils, offering valuable insight into their particular trade and answering a range of questions about how to get into the industry. Lorraine MacDonald, Senior Partner of Speirs Gumley said: “Speirs Gumley is passionate about making a difference to the local community and giving something back.  As a property management and lettings company, we work with various trades on a daily basis and we have encouraged these businesses to take part in this important event.  The participation of Speirs Gumley and our business associates will help to showcase these important and rewarding career options to pupils. The pupils attending will also gain crucial information on what the next steps would be if they are interested in a trades career.   We’re excited about the potential of this important partnership programme.”

Stephen Murphy, Assistant Head Teacher at Rosshall Academy said: “We are looking forward to the Speirs Gumley Trades Day being a great success and anticipate over 300 interested pupils coming along. Some of our pupils aren’t looking to go on to further education, but may not always be aware of the alternatives available to them, so to be able to meet people who have learned such a wide range of trades and have a chat with them about what their jobs are like was an excellent opportunity. I am very grateful to Speirs Gumley for their partnership with Rosshall Academy and continuing support in what is an extremely worthwhile initiative.”

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Speirs Gumley sponsor Louis Cayer Tennis Workshop

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We have been working closely with Tennis Scotland and Tennis on the road in their efforts to grow the game in this country.  Over the course of the weekend of 12th & 13th March we were delighted to sponsor a doubles workshop held at the Gleneagles Hotel with world-renowned coach Louis Cayer.

Louis, who is coach to Grand Slam Champion Jamie Murray, was assisted on the day by Judy Murray and Kris Soutar.  The event was attended by coaches and players from throughout Scotland who all benefitted from the expert coaching from Louis and his team.  The atmosphere from the participants was second to none and we look forward to being involved in further workshops in the future.

To find out more about the incredible work of Tennis on the road visit http://www.tennisontheroad.com

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Speirs Gumley Residential Management appoint new Director

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We are delighted to announce that Tom McKie joins the Board of Directors at Speirs Gumley Property Management with immediate effect,  as Director of Inspection Department.   Tom joined the company in 2008,  following a career spanning 13 years at London Scottish Bank where he was appointed as one of their youngest ever Branch Managers.  Since his promotion to Inspection Team Leader in 2011, Tom has worked tirelessly in our residential management team, helping us develop and deliver client services.   He has been influential in managing a number of high profile developments and recently has been heavily involved in a number of major repair and insurance reinstatement projects,  working in partnership with local authorities, surveyors, architects and engineers.    On receiving the news Tom said  “I am delighted to receive my recent appointment to Department Director, and I very much look forward to being part of a management team who continually strives to find innovative ways to improve our service delivery and client experience, and ensure we remain at the forefront in everything we do”. Tom will complement our management team and we have every confidence that he will help us continue to offer unrivalled property management services throughout Scotland.

 

 

 

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Iconic Glasgow building saved for future generations thanks to major renovation project

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An iconic B-listed building in Glasgow’s Tradeston area has been saved from falling into serious disrepair thanks to the building’s factor Speirs Gumley, a dedicated group of home and business owners, and grant funding from Glasgow City Council.

The building at 33 Dalintober Street/53 Morrison Street was originally designed in 1919 by architect James Ferrigan as a warehouse for the Scottish Co-operative Wholesale Society, completed in 1933. It sits immediately beside the very prominent Co-operative House, which is adjacent to the Kingston Bridge on the south side of the River Clyde. The building was converted to 60 flats and 4 commercial units in 1999.

A recent survey of the building carried out by chartered building surveyors, Wiseman Associates Limited, discovered major defects in the roof and basement car park, leading to water penetration in both areas. The survey discovered that the 100 year old roof was beyond repair and that the roof covering would have to be replaced entirely. Restoration costs were tendered at £1.135 million and, without these vital works, the building would deteriorate rapidly, homes would suffer from dampness and rot, and would lose value and become very difficult to sell.

Facing bills of around £16,000 per homeowner and £43,000 per business owner, the cost of the repairs looked prohibitive until Factor Speirs Gumley were able to successfully secure grant funding of 50 percent from Glasgow City Council. With this financial assistance from the Council, Speirs Gumley was then able to seek approval from the homeowners and business owners to pay their share of the remaining costs, in order that the vital repairs could go ahead.

Speirs Gumley was faced with the very difficult challenge of having only 12 weeks within which to collect almost £576,000 from 64 owners. 

Iain Friel, Managing Director of Speirs Gumley said: “I’m delighted that with the support of the Dalintober /Morrison Street Focus Group and many other owners, together with a huge helping hand from Glasgow City Council, this project is now finally well under way.  The scale of the task in collecting such a significant sum of money in a short space of time cannot be underestimated, and is testament to the commitment of the owners to restoring their property and the dedicated team at Speirs Gumley.  Appointed Surveyors, Wiseman Associates and contractors GDN Contracts have been extremely professional and thorough throughout the process, and work is currently ahead of schedule.  We firmly believe that this project could kick start the transformation of Tradeston area.”

Councillor George Redmond, Executive Member for Jobs and Investment at Glasgow City Council, said: “Glasgow City Council is delighted to have helped to restore this important part of our built heritage and safeguard it for many decades to come.  This type of support is not just funding the protection of beautiful architecture, but an investment in the regeneration of a part of the city that continues to attract other investment and development and so contributes to the economic strength of Glasgow.”

Greig Douglas of Wiseman Associates Ltd said: “This landmark property is a very prestigious project for our company to be involved in. It’s rewarding for us to see this historic 100 year old building being restored to the condition that the property deserves.”

David Kerr of GDN Contracts said: “This is one of the largest Property Management projects that we have ever been involved in and there has been excellent teamwork from all the parties involved. It’s an extremely prominent building and one that we are very proud to be a part of.  We’re looking forward to restoring this historic property back to its very best.”

Iain Thompson, a key member of the building’s Owner Focus Group said: “We’re so pleased that in the short space of time since hearing the news of the works needed and how much they would cost, that all parties involved managed to raise the funds required for the work to commence. We now are not only having a completely new roof, but also improvements to the underground carpark and stairwells along with a refurbishment of the facade. This will hopefully conclude in us having our very historic and beautiful building in a better state than it’s ever been in before.”

 

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Future City – Glasgow

As part of the Future City Programme Glasgow company IES have developed a new Smart City app for Glasgow residents which we thought would be of interest to you.

The App explores building energy use across Glasgow and allows residents and businesses to rate how energy efficient their property is; discover how to save energy and save money. It works for anyone who’s property is within Glasgow City Council bounds.

If you sign up at www.glasgowenergyapp.org before 12noon on 31st August 2015 you will be in with a chance to win a £100 gift voucher.

You can find out more about the Future City Programme by visiting http://open.glasgow.gov.uk/.

 

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Weather Advice

Frozen/burst pipes

Temperatures can drop to extremely low levels during winter and can cause pipes in your home to freeze. When there’s a sudden rise in temperature this can cause frozen pipes to burst. Temperatures have been forecast to rise this weekend therefore in order to help prevent  burst pipes you can take the following steps:

  •  Insulate your boiler and lag the pipes.  
  • Keep your home as warm as possible even if you are out
  • Ensure taps are turned off properly, especially last thing at night
  • Know where the internal stop/tap valve is (usually under the kitchen sink) and how to turn it off

In the event of a major loss out with our normal office hours please call our out of hours number 0845 604 4075. This number should be used for emergencies only not for general claims to be reported.

 

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Weather Warning

Weather Warning – Severe gale to storm force winds forecast

As you may be aware weather warnings are in place for this weekend due to forecasted severe gale to storm force winds affecting the country.  We have been in touch with our property insurers and loss adjusters to ensure that they are fully prepared in the event that assistance is required as a result of the storms.  Both Deacon and Cunningham Lindsay are on standby and ready to assist wherever necessary.  We have also taken steps to ensure that, if the weather is persistent and longterm, we will be in a position to instruct necessary repair works as quickly as possible.

We have briefed all of our staff and increased telephone cover to ensure that any reports of damage are dealt with as quickly as possible however if you are unable to contact us by telephone you can intimate an insurance claim via our website reporting page which can be found here  or via our mobile app which you can download to your device from here .

While we will endeavour to have any damage repaired as soon as possible please be aware that contractors may be unable to access high levels due to weather conditions.

In the event of a major loss out with our normal office hours please call our out of hours number 0845 604 4075. This number should be used for emergencies only not for general claims to be reported.

 

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Festive Holiday Period

Our office will close at 12:30pm on Wednesday 24th December and re-open at 9am on  Monday, 5th January 2015 unless we experience exceptionally bad weather when, of course, we will be on hand to deal with any issues.   

If you require the services of an emergency tradesmen during this period please call 0141 332 9225 or click here

 

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Tennis Scotland Festival At The Emirates Arena

tennisemirates500 School pupils from the East End of Glasgow attended a mini tennis festival at The Emirates Arena on Wednesday 5th November.

We were delighted to sponsor the event and to work with the team from Tennis Scotland in delivering a great day for everyone who came along.

Thanks to all the hard work of the coaches from Tennis Scotland and Glasgow Life the children had an opportunity to participate in various games and to develop their skills while having fun taking their first steps to challenging Andy Murray.

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