Between numerous speaking engagements, award ceremonies and charitable campaigns, GLM had an extremely busy and exciting quarter leading up to the holidays.
November saw GLM’s Directors engaged in a number of lecture series and seminars highlighting the future of the building surveying profession and our expertise in destination planning. Managing Director Ian McKee was delighted to speak at the annual Wigwam Holidays Conference where he discussed the master planning process and how to approach the development of a remarkable destination.
On 27 November, the GLM building surveyors attended the annual RICS Building Surveying Conference in Glasgow where, as Senior Vice Chairman of RICS Scotland, Ian sat on the Q&A panel to discuss key issues affecting the profession and its future development. The afternoon agenda included a session from GLM Director and RICS Conservation Accredited Building Surveyor David Gibbon on flooding and how surveyors can avoid risk when addressing this issue with clients.
Ian then went on to speak at the Scottish Parliament Reception on 2 December, where he spoke at length about the RICS’s goal of tackling fuel poverty and raising the condition of Scotland’s traditional homes.
A bit of a change of pace, Ian also attended the International Conference on Mountain Bike Development hosted by Developing Mountain Biking in Scotland. A dedicated mountain biker, Ian’s passion for the sport, expertise in Scottish destination planning and current involvement in the redevelopment of Cairngorm brought a valued expertise and outlook to the conference.
In between numerous speaking engagements and appearances, the team still managed to attend two major award ceremonies representing the Inn at John O’Groats. The Inn received special mention at the Doolan Award for Architecture ceremony on 5 November. A few weeks later, Ian and GLM architect Neil McAllister attended the European Hotel Design Awards in London where the Inn at John O’Groats was short listed in the adaptive re-use category.
GLM Gives Back
In the spirit of giving, Ian joined the Natural Retreats Movember Team to raise money for men’s health in memory of good friend, Rob Fradley. Ian raised an impressive £618 contributing to a total of £7,910 for the entire team. Well done everyone!
We’re knackered following a full on season of engagements and projects – a quick (but restorative) Christmas holiday should see us through to 2015 when we gear up for another exciting year.