One of Scotland’s largest contractors, BAM Construction, has appointed Mark Nicol as its new Commercial Director.

The construction firm, currently behind major healthcare schemes in Greenock and Clydebank, as well as some of Scotland’s largest speculative office developments at Capital Square in Edinburgh and Atlantic Square in Glasgow, employs some 115 people in the country.

Mr Nicol, who comes from West Lothian where he lives with his family including two sons, is celebrating his 30th year in the construction sector, having commenced with the business as a trainee surveyor. He has worked in surveying and latterly commercial management for BAM across several sectors including the company’s extensive projects in education, retail, healthcare and commercial developments, including spending time on many sites as well as working on pre-construction and bid submissions.

“It is one of the more challenging times to take up the role in this always challenging sector,” Mark  said, “but I am quietly optimistic that the company will emerge from it strongly as we have from many other testing economic times.”

BAM’s standing in the Scottish construction industry is high. It is a Tier 1 contractor partner on 4 out of 5 of Scotland’s construction hubs for instance, and Mr Nicol has no doubt as to why this is.

“Our work has always been driven by our high quality and consistent standards, backed up by treating people well and having a modern technical approach combined with strong ethics.”

BAM also has a sister company, BAM Nuttall, which is known for its extensive infrastructure schemes such as the Network Rail renewal and enhancement programme in Scotland,  plus its own design, engineering and facilities businesses.

BAM Construction in Scotland is led by Bruce Dickson, who also sits on the Construction Leadership Forum and the Construction Scotland ILG, who added:

“The Covid19 pandemic has put further pressure on a sector which already operates on tight margins and in a highly competitive market. That’s why outstanding financial management is so important to us, and I’m delighted to appoint Mark to this new role.”

Two of BAM Construction’s current schemes involve its properties business: Edinburgh’s largest speculative office development at Capital Square, with investment giant Hermes, and in Glasgow, it is building Atlantic Square, with TCP Developments, and LGIM Real Assets (Legal & General) which is circa 284,000 sq. ft. of Prime Grade A office space, 187,000 sq. ft. of which will house the next UK Government hub, and will be funded by Legal & General Retirement with BAM TCP Atlantic Square funding the remaining 97,000 sq. ft. of speculative space.