Established in 2006, City Building has grown into one of Scotland’s largest construction companies, employing over 2,200 skilled employees, providing construction, repairs and maintenance, refurbishment solutions and specialist services to private, public and third sector organisations across the country.
Since winning The Queen’s Award for Sustainable Development in 2012, City Building has continued to invest in its greatest asset, its employees. Recently, a team of young apprentices were given the extraordinary opportunity to showcase their skills and participate in the highly anticipated fashion and design exhibition by leading British designer Paul Smith.
Thirteen apprentices worked on customising the space in The Lighthouse, Scotland’s Centre for Design and Architecture in Glasgow to accommodate “Hello, My Name is Paul Smith” a touring exhibition by the Design Museum, London.
The team were given a photograph of the designer’s first shop and created a replica in the exhibition space. The apprentices helped create a visual room called “Inside Paul’s Head” which gave an insight into the designer’s mind. The team provided joinery, electrical, painting and decorating services.
In addition to the work carried out by our apprentices, City Building’s supported manufacturing facility Royal Strathclyde Blindcraft Industries (RSBI) provided the timber elements to create the rooms, as well as the plinth that the original signature stripe mini was placed.
Apprentice painter and decorator, Lisa Murphy, 19 from Glasgow, said: “It was really exciting to get the chance to work on the exhibition. I painted the plinth that Paul Smith’s famous stripe Mini sits on, which is going to go around the world. I loved working on it – it really was the chance of a lifetime and an experience I won’t forget in a hurry.”
“We were all really excited to meet Paul. He thanked us for our hard work and signed all our overalls as a keepsake of the exhibition so we would have something to remember it by.”
Lisa has since gone on to win the prestigious Trades House of Glasgow Apprentice of the Year Award 2016. Commenting, Deacon Convenor Ruth Maltman said “Lisa’s journey has been one of success and inspiration. She has shown dedication and passion.”