The founders of our Company had been house builders during Victoria's long reign. They were however engaged not just narrowly in construction but were importers of the raw material required for their business.
The founders of our Company had been house builders during Victoria's long reign. By the early 1900's, the Mactaggarts and the Mickels had come together, and with others who would later establish their own shorter lived building companies, were constructing tenements in the West End of Glasgow.
They had also built in London's Portland Place, but their Glasgow tenements are now locally recognized as the pinnacle of achievement in tenemental construction. Other noteworthy events in the first two decades were the introduction of the Model-T Ford, the invention of the crossword puzzle and Shackleton's journey to the South Pole.
The opportunities offered by the government to be involved in a housing boom following the First World War were not missed.
In the four years from 1922, in Glasgow and in Lanarkshire, the Mactaggarts and Mickels in partnership built over 3000 houses for local authorities before registering as a Limited company in 1925 and beginning work on their first contract at Kings Park in Glasgow. In that same year, John Logie Baird made the very first television transmission.
1936 saw the start of building at Hillpark in Edinburgh, which would continue right up to 2014. The years from 1939 to 1945 were not uneventful and were occupied with work for the war effort.
Also, in 1943 the Mactaggarts severed their connection with the company and Mactaggart & Mickel became entirely a concern of the Mickel family, remaining so to this day. Other significant events during this period were the invention of the helicopter, the first production of the Volkswagen beetle, and Amelia Earhart’s solo flight across the Atlantic.
In 1953 the company’s 4000th house was built in Silverknowes, Edinburgh, and was handed over to its new owners by the company’s directors in a special ceremony. The late Group Chairman Derek Mickel joined the company in 1960 as a qualified architect.
Among the many developments he designed was Riverside in Polnoon, Eaglesham; groundbreaking at the time for its innovative layout and masterplan, something which is being continued with our present-day Polnoon development which was launched in 2013.
It was a time of great change, as the Beatles and the Rolling Stones took the world by storm, Muhammad Ali reached the height of his career and Neil Armstrong walked on the moon.
Former Group Chairman Bruce Mickel joined the company in 1975 as a qualified architect and designed a number of more modernist style developments in Edinburgh including innovative designs with flat roofs.
Recession presented challenges during the 1970s, but the company survived by introducing new initiatives and schemes including shared equity home purchase. New technology was making its impact in the wider world, as the first mobile phone call was made, Microsoft was founded and Sony debuted the Walkman.
Current CEO Ed Monaghan joined the company in 1981 as an apprentice painter. Hillpark in Edinburgh was still going strong, with homes built at Hillpark Brae, Hillpark Green and Hillpark Court among others.
In 1988 we took part in Glasgow's Garden Festival, designing the 'Broom Milk Bar' as our contribution. During the Year of Culture in 1990 a number of items from our archive were exhibited at 'Glasgow's Glasgow' and in 1999 we were involved in the “Homes for the Future” project at Glasgow Green. Other significant events were the launch of the world wide web, the opening of the Channel Tunnel, the launch of the Euro and the founding of Ebay.
Fourth generation family members Andrew Mickel and Ross Mickel joined the company in 2000 and 2005 respectively, making Mactaggart & Mickel one of the 3% of family-owned businesses that survives into the fourth generation.
In 2007 the company acquired a timber frame manufacturing facility and began to develop state-of-the-art new housing products and building techniques, to deliver better insulated, more energy efficient, sustainable homes.
During a challenging period for the whole industry, in 2008 Mactaggart & Mickel diversified into a Group of companies, creating new divisions Timber Systems, Contracts, Commercial Property and Strategic Land. This approach allowed the company to utilise all its building knowledge, experience and capabilities to take advantage of new types of building opportunity and new income streams, to weather the economic storm.
In 2011 the company joined other developers and contractors to become a partner in the City Legacy Consortium, which began work in 2012 on the Athletes Village for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, a development which has now been transformed into a new residential community in the Dalmarnock area of the city.
2015 was Mactaggart & Mickel’s 90th year in business, which was marked with numerous celebrations throughout the year with employees and stakeholders. The family and personal links that have been forged grow ever stronger and the company takes pride in the long service of its workforce. At a time when other builders entirely sub-contract, Mactaggart & Mickel prefers wherever possible to employ tradesmen whom they know and who, in turn, know the company’s methods and standards.
The Company strives to maintain its place as the local housebuilder with the highest reputation and we have won many awards over the years for design, quality and customer service.
Most recently we received a Bronze Award at the What House? Awards 2017 for Best Medium Housebuilder, and we have achieved a 5 Star Rating for customer service in the HBF's (House Building Federation) customer surveys. Our Site Managers also have a long record of achievement at the annual NHBC Pride in the Job Awards.
We at Mactaggart & Mickel Group firmly believe that our innate ability to do things is well founded in our sound experience and achievements in house building which has patently defied economic uncertainty. Indeed the story of Mactaggart & Mickel is a true testament to the unique combination of innovation and tradition, delivered strategically by a financially sound company.
We look forward with great anticipation to celebrating our 100th year in 2025.