Case Study - Engineering community benefits

A services and projects business, which includes Scotland's largest privately-owned grounds maintenance division, is making its mark not just through its range of services, but also in its commitment to develop lasting landscapes in local communities.


From its headquarters in Ayrshire, Land Engineering delivers environmental improvements work, stonework and grounds maintenance, with 80 per cent of its business coming from public sector contracts.

The business is committed to creating local employment and is the process of setting up a community interest company to secure long-term benefits for the communities in which it works – the first time a contractor in Scotland has developed such a scheme.

Land Engineering is one of several Scottish-based businesses to win a contract for the Scottish Government’s purpose-built Scottish Crime Campus, designed for elements of the Police Service of Scotland and its partner agencies being built at Gartcosh. The business was successful in securing a £2 million contract to provide groundworks for site.

The fit out of the building at Gartcosh was appointed to management contractor Balfour Beatty, which has been advertising all subcontract opportunities on PCS, the first time the business has used the service in this way. The move comes ahead of the soon-to-be-launched subcontracting facility on PCS and further tests out its functionality and benefits, as seen with projects such as the Forth Replacement Crossing and Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, already using the service to advertise contracts.

Business development director for Land Engineering, Benny McLaughlin, said: “The contract with Balfour Beatty is a significant one for the minor civil engineering division of the business and we are delighted to be working on a Scottish Government project.

“PCS is crucial to Land Engineering, the business has a small team dedicated to monitoring and using the site, overwhelmingly, their experience of using the service is very positive and it is viewed as an essential tool for business development.

“The move to advertise subcontracting opportunities through PCS is a very positive development and one which will make tendering for major work more competitive and transparent.”