MPACT Group strikes sweet note of success at Heriot Watt

Building services experts at MPACT Group have extended their growing track record as trusted high-end refurbishment specialists with the successful upgrade of the Gardener’s Cottage as a new facility for the music department at Heriot-Watt University.

Located in the Riccarton Estate on the south side of the main avenue to the University, the Grade B listed cottage was one of several outbuildings surrounding Riccarton House, the central point of a landscaped parkland estate first developed in the late 18th century by Thomas Craig, and then by Sir James and Sir William Gibson-Craig. Although the main house was demolished in 1956, many original buildings, such as the Gardener’s Cottage, remain.

Previously serving as a University crèche, the cottage has been refurbished to meet the needs of the University’s music department, which is involved in a wide range of activities from classical Scottish to jazz and junk music. Its groups have travelled to perform for audiences throughout Scotland, from Orkney to Knoydart and from Skye to the Borders.

Based in Loanhead, near Edinburgh, MPACT Group has been expanding its reach in recent years as it transforms from a local concern into a nationally-operating enterprise. The firm has developed a well-deserved reputation for its ability to undertake challenging and sensitive projects, which in recent months has included the restoration of Rutland Square townhouse in the heart of Edinburgh.

The work was completed on-budget within the original eight-week timeframe. MPACT Group was appointed to the project by Edinburgh-based Surveying Solutions, part of the UKBS Network of Building Surveyors.

MPACT Group director Mike McGuire said the project adds to the company’s growing list of credentials as a trusted provider of fit-out, refurbishment and M&E services to project managers operating throughout the UK.

“From a small, local concern first set up in 2007, MPACT has established itself as a highly capable supplier on contracts of both historical and architectural importance,” Mike said. “It is extremely satisfying to be in a position to meet the needs of such prestigious clients.”