Team celebrates 400 years

David Stewart, George Paterson, Scott Willox, Alan Lorimer, John Will, William Donald, William Stephen and Douglas McLeod
David Stewart, George Paterson, Scott Willox, Alan Lorimer, John Will, William Donald, William Stephen and Douglas McLeod
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A group of long serving employees at Barratt North Scotland is celebrating after clocking up over four centuries of service between them.

The ten tradesmen and construction professionals, whose individual tenures range up to 46 years, celebrated at a special dinner in London last month, alongside other long-serving colleagues from across the UK.

Half of the group hail from Ellon, where Barratt Homes’ North of Scotland presence was established in 1972.

William Gordon, a labourer at the housebuilder’s Castlewell development, has 45 years’ service under his belt.

William said: “Over the years, the need to improve energy efficiency and sustainability in housebuilding has led to changes in techniques, materials and design.

“As a result, every day is a school day – we learn and gain new skills every day.

“At the same time, Barratt Homes values experience, which is why there are so many long standing members of staff.

He added: “In 45 years I’ve worked with some great people, and the current team at Castlewell is especially knowledgeable given that three of us have over 130 years’ experience between us!”

Also celebrating was Barratt Scotland Managing Director, Douglas McLeod who is originally from Aberdeen but now lives in Dyce.

Douglas started with the firm in 1974 as a quantity surveyor, having completed his studies at Robert Gordon’s Institute of Technology.

Speaking after the ceremony, he said: “The construction industry is a loyal and rewarding employer.”