Hardies ramps up Dundee presence

Douglas Smith (Hardies)

HARDIES Property & Construction Consultants has revealed that its newly refurbished office in Albert Square, Dundee has gone from housing a skeleton staff of six employees over the past three Covid and post-Covid years, to a full capacity of 26 full-time employees, split between Hardies and sister company Shepherd Chartered Surveyors, within the last six months. 

Hardies now has quantity surveying, housing, energy and principal design services under one roof and now joined by Shepherd, commercial, residential, valuation and letting, making the Dundee office a vibrant base in the heart of the city, able to deliver across all property disciplines.

Douglas Smith, Partner and Head of Quantity Surveying, who project managed the refurbishment, and completed the turnaround in 11 weeks, said: “Our aim was to create a working space which excited our staff, and we have done just that. It’s testament to the design and the quality of finish that, post-Covid, we now have everyone back in the office and have multiplied our combined workforce inside six months.

“As part of the strategic growth, the John Duguid Partnership, which had occupied offices in South Tay street, Dundee since 1929, has now relocated to our Albert Square offices following its acquisition by Hardies last October. 

“And due to continued expansion and a full order book, we are set to start refurbishing the second floor as we continue to roll out our programme of planned growth.”

With 26 employees now working within the heart of Dundee city centre, Mr Smith added that special emphasis was being made with regards to developing the next generation of staff.

“We currently have two graduate quantity surveyors, and a trainee quantity surveyor working in Dundee and are actively looking for exceptional staff to join the team,” he said.

“Dundee City Regeneration has been exceptional over the last decade and continues its drive to improve all aspects of life within the city. With our newly refurbished and expanded office in the heart of the city centre, Hardies and Shepherd are now perfectly positioned to assist with these plans.”

Stressing the importance of Hardies’ green credentials, Mr Smith added that it had committed significant investment in the installation of six EV car charging points and a host of electrical vehicles to the Dundee fleet.

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