News from June 2012

MAKAR Workspace Launch

Fergus Ewing MSP opens new off-site construction workspace for expanding company

Fergus Ewing MSP (Minister for Energy, Enterprise and Tourism) will, on Monday 25 June 2012, will open a new 450m2 workspace at MAKAR, the Inverness-based ecological building company.

MAKAR, and its integral design company, Neil Sutherland Architects, currently build 10 ecological houses per year across the Highlands and employ 22 people.  The company has been growing steadily in recent years and, unlike many firms in the construction sector, is experiencing strong demand for its bespoke, low energy, ecological houses. The company differs from mainstream builders in offering an integrated design, manufacturing and delivery service to customers with certainty over workmanship, energy performance, program and cost. MAKAR’s turnover has increased by 50% in the past financial year and this is predicted to continue in future years..

The new workspace and equipment will be used to fabricate large building panels and structural frames. This will increase the company’s production capacity and capability, and will allow the company to expand and take on additional staff.  Over the next 5 years, this investment will support the creation of 15 new skilled jobs.

The £400,000 investment was supported by a £172,000 grant from the Scottish Government’s Scottish Rural Development Programme (SRDP). 

Neil Sutherland, Managing Director of the firm said that : “The investment is a major step in the development of our organisation.  The new workspace will be the platform for future growth, and we are very grateful for the financial support we have received from the SRDP which has been critical in making this project possible.”

Over a hundred and fifty people – past and present customers, suppliers, academics, and government agency representatives are expected to attend the opening.