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KILMAC SPREADING ITS WINGS - Perthshire Chamber of Commerce


A TAYSIDE civil engineering contractor is spreading its wings. 

Perthshire Chamber of Commerce member Kilmac has opened a new West Lothian base aimed at handling a growing number of projects in central Scotland. 

The Ashwood Court satellite in Mid Calder will be the hub for more than 20 office staff, engineers, surveyors and labourers living in Edinburgh, the Lothians and Glasgow areas. 

The premises were officially opened yesterday by Almond Valley MSP Angela Constance. 

As the Scottish construction industry bounces back strongly from lockdown, Kilmac founding directors Athole McDonald - who lives in Perth - and Richard Kilcullen have targeted a 50% increase in turnover to £30 million within the next three years. 

That goal has prompted the business to embrace major groundworks projects beyond their traditional Tayside and Fife heartland. 

“Before the pandemic struck, we had boosted our turnover to £14 million and despite everything going on hold for two months during lockdown last year we came close to matching that,” explained Mr McDonald. 

“The decision to have a presence in the Livingston area makes sense from a geographical point of view. 

“We enjoy a close relationship with Aldi and completed a contract at their new Livingston store last year. 

“We have also been working in the town with Muir Construction on extensions to the Alba campus laboratories. 

“Those projects each came in around the £1.5 million mark. 

“Hard on the heels of a contract with McLaughlin and Harvey at the University of Edinburgh's Nucleus project, we secured contracts with BAM Construction for two West Lothian Council special needs schools at Cedarbank and Pinewood. 

“Having picked up projects worth more than £10 million in and around West Lothian over the last couple of years we felt the time was right to create our first base beyond Tayside. 

“The offices provide scope for expansion and new jobs as we continue to grow our presence and client base in the region.” 

MSP Angela Constance officially opened the new Kilmac premises in Mid Calder. She is pictured with directors Athole McDonald (left) and Richard Kilcullen.

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