Member of the Week - CRGP Limited

CRGP is a leading construction consultancy that specialises in our architecture and surveying. Formed in 1964, they have a management structure of 6 Directors, 5 Associates with a total staff compliment of 40.  They are a long standing practice (as Colin Robertson Graham and Partners for 30 years prior to our incorporation in 2003), and can demonstrate many successfully delivered projects throughout the life of the practice.

CRGP have established themselves as a fresh and dynamic practice with the rigor of over 30 years’ experience successfully delivering buildings. They seek to create specific solutions that express clarity of function and context in collaboration with our Clients, rather than follow any predetermined house style.

Their team is highly motivated and diverse with the aim to bring enthusiasm, vision and inspiration to every commission. With further specialist skills in Interior Design, Urban Design and Conservation Accreditation CRGP’s current portfolio demonstrates the necessary skills to undertake any form of architectural commission.

All of their work receives the same, dedicated ethos and their corporate responsibility towards sustainable design.  Working with the latest industry software, staff are capable of utilising Building Information Modeling, while a dedicated team generate state of the art visualisations.

CRGP have 40 staff across both Inverness and Glasgow with 7 of those in our inverness office.

CRGP’s approach to Projects:

CRGP approach every project with a diligence and rigour that is based on a robust delivery of the client’s cost, quality and programme requirements.  We always aim to understand the aspirations of the client’s requirements and set up internal briefing to ensure that these are prioritised.  We programme work to enable continual testing of our work against these requirements.  All our projects are over-seen by a director.

We also believe that bringing a strong creative approach to our work can help produce solutions to projects that can often lead to a better delivery of the time cost, quality aspirations.

Our approach remains the same irrespective of the scale of the project.

Celebrating 10 years in the Highlands this year (2019):

The year we have reached a major milestone as it marks its tenth anniversary in the Highlands.

CRGP Architects and Surveyors has supported construction projects worth over £100 million over the past decade in the Highlands and is now poised to expand its operations after securing a number of high profile design contracts.

Its first project in the north was to design a joint mess and accommodation block at RAF Lossiemouth for the MOD. Since then, the company has secured a series of design contracts for commercial, community, education, health care and industrial projects across Moray and the Highlands.

One of its most high profile projects was the restoration of the fire ravaged M&Co building in Inverness following a catastrophic blaze in 2015.

Major projects in 2019 include a new 40 bed care home for Parklands Group in Fortrose and a multi million pound hotel development in Inverness city centre. The company is also increasingly active in the social housing market.

Ten years after it opened its Inverness office with just one staff member, CRGP now employs 7 staff from its base at The Green House at Beechwood Business Park in the city. CRGP director Bryan McFadzean is confident that job numbers will increase as its order book grows.

He said: “It has been a remarkable ten years for CRGP in the Highlands. We have enjoyed sustained growth over the past decade and supported many high profile developments in Moray and the Highlands.

“There is significant ongoing investment by the public and private sector in new health, housing and commercial developments across the region. As a result, we are busier than ever with a number of high profile projects planned this year, including a new care home for Fortrose and an ambitious hotel development in Inverness city centre.

“We are delighted to be playing our part in the transformation of Inverness and the surrounding area and we are confident that CRGP will continue to grow as we expand our client base. This is very much a growth area and we anticipate there will be a need to increase staff levels in the very near future.”

Inverness Chamber of Commerce spoke to Bryan Mcfadzean, Director, who has 21 years’ experience. Bryan joined CRGP in 1998 becoming an associate and in 2007 was appointed as a Company Director in 2011.

He is jointly responsible along with the other Directors, for the business and the management of the Architectural group based in the company’s Inverness office. Bryan manages a dedicated team who have a track record in delivering strong design solutions that are practical and buildable.

Bryan said: “The ethos of achieving excellence in design and improved functionality in the environment is strongly adopted in each project. Each project is led with a focus on achieving all the objectives individually for that project, and to drive for efficiencies throughout the process.”

CRGP are keen to use this member of the week platform to raise awareness of 10 years in the Highlands and continue to expose their business to the Highland business community.

Bryan shared with us their plans for over the next 12 months: “CRGP will continue to grow as we expand our client base. This is very much a growth area and we anticipate there will be a need to increase staff levels in the very near future.”

We asked Bryan what CRPG value most about their Chamber membership: “The continual networking opportunities and the ongoing confidence and encouragement given by the Chamber.”

Bryan provided his top-tip for other Chamber members to maximise their Chamber membership: “Engage and take part in as many Chamber breakfast and lunch networking events as you can.”

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