Established firm thrives under new ownership

The new owner of a Borders firm of building surveyors and architects has said it is “wonderful” to be part of the established team.

Ranald Boydell took on the Galashiels-based team of four from CKD Galbraith in November and is operating as Boydell Architecture.

The origins of the business date back to 1927 with John Sale and Partners, although it has gone through several hands since then. Moray McLaren, who leads the team, started with John Sale in 1969.

Mr Boydell said: “The appeal here for me was the team, and especially that established network they have built up over almost 50 years.

“That has been the wonderful thing – they have an extremely rich heritage of projects and a very loyal customer base, and it is a privilege to become a part of that.”

He added: “I think what the team appreciates is that before they always operated as part of a bigger entity, so didn’t have their own business profile and were not always able to develop the business in they way they would have like to.

“The staff have been very supportive and are committed to taking the firm forward, and we’re looking to broaden the scope of projects that come in.

“Between us we have a huge amount of experience that can benefit any project.”

Current jobs include a farmhouse near Bonchester Bridge. Designed in a traditional style with full stone walls and slate roof, once completed it will look like it has been standing for hundreds of years, but feature all modern amenities, as well as high levels of insulation and a heat-recovery system, making it highly energy efficient.
Mr Boydell said: “We can be involved from identification of a site with development potential right through design and construction, and we have got a strong network of quality contractors we work with.”

Mr Boydell, an Australian, studied for part of his degree in Edinburgh before moving back to his homeland, where he ran his own practice.

He moved back to the UK in 2006 and worked as a director of sustainable development for an Edinburgh firm, but always intended establishing his own company in the UK.