New showroom showcases construction skills

A major contract to build a highly prestigious car showroom in Inverness for Arnold Clark, Europe’s largest independent motor retailer, is underway in a development being carried out by ISG, in the company’s first project in the north of Scotland.

The fast-track project sees ISG build a 710 square metre Volvo/Skoda showroom with ancillary accommodation and a 112 square metre valet bay facility.

Externally, the single storey structure will feature glass and cladding, and a large atrium will be constructed at the entrance to the showroom, whilst a porous paving show area outside will create ample room to display sufficient used cars. The project is due for completion towards the end of the year.

Andy Mallice, ISG’s Managing Director in Scotland, said: “This project is a significant win for the business and further strengthens our position as one of the country’s fastest growing contractors, in a sector which has not been without its difficulties in recent times. Set against the backdrop of the prevailing economic environment, ISG is making major inroads within the Scottish construction market and we are building up a considerable portfolio of high quality projects across multiple industry sectors.”

Willie MacKenzie, Arnold Clark Volvo manager, Inverness said: “Having been in the original Volvo dealership since 1975, I am absolutely delighted that the new Volvo/Skoda showroom plans have commenced. Not only is this extremely exciting for myself and the Arnold Clark Volvo team it is equally important for our loyal customers.  It presents the chance to further strengthen our offering in the area and carry on the high levels of customer service we pride ourselves on.”

The project signifies ISG’s growing ambitions to the north of the country, closely following the recent announcement of the contractor’s high profile joint venture with the iconic Tulloch brand.

ISG Plc is an international provider of construction, fit out and management services, with 31 offices worldwide. The company works with owners, developers and occupiers in the public and private sector for an extensive range of industries.  ISG Plc was established in 1989 and has been quoted on AIM since 1998.

The Scottish arm of ISG, which is based in Stepps, currently employs more than 70 members of staff.

The latest win follows ISG’s success landing a £1.2 million contract at Cameron House, the five-star hotel on the banks of Loch Lomond. ISG is also working on a multi-million pound project for Golf Resort International Ltd, part of US-based Kohler Co, to convert the former Hamilton Hall – an iconic building which overlooks the 18th green of the Old Course at St Andrews – into Hamilton Grand, accommodating 26 luxury apartments, a members’ lounge, restaurant, public bar and grill.

Over the years, Arnold Clark Automobiles has grown into Europe’s largest privately owned car dealer, selling in excess of 200,000 vehicles per year and generating an annual turnover of over £1.5 billion. The success of the company can be attributed to its founder Sir Arnold Clak, who is still at the helm of the company today.

Sir Arnold expanded the business from a single car showroom in Glasgow to a UK wide organisation employing and training over 8,000 members of staff with a turnover in excess of £2 billion.

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