THEY say most things improve with age – wisdom, wine, decision-making, positivity, self-confidence, to name just a few.
Another aspect of life that can benefit from the soothing passage of time is relationships – and that is something we at Pacific have always valued above everything else.
Take our enduring partnership with McDonald’s – 25 years on from our first contract with them, we are still close to the fast-food giants.
And while it’s maybe easy to forget some of the “whos, whats, whys and wherefores” over the last nine months or so because of the impact of COVID-19 and its far-reaching restrictions on day-to-day life, you never forget your friends and family.
Most people probably don’t realise that in just the last five years, Pacific Building have delivered £38 million worth of projects for their friends at McDonald’s.
So it is with excitement and genuine fondness for our clients that we are looking forward to starting our latest commission from them.
In February, we will commence the all-new McDonald’s restaurant in Toryglen, Glasgow, in the car park of the existing Asda supermarket.
It will include the very latest technology and features specified by the fast-food giants and it will provide a much-needed employment boost in the current climate.
Back in the day, Pacific Chairman Brian Gallacher and Commercial Director Christopher McGuire were just “young guns” when they embarked on their first project for McDonald’s.
Fresh-faced and full of ambition, they were. Now, a quarter of a century later, they are – well – still ambitious.
Any suggestion that all the stress of delivering projects of significant scale for such a high-profile client with demanding standards has taken its toll is quickly rebuffed by Brian.
He said: “We are looking forward to starting this contract – and it will be a major project to be delivered to the usual exacting standards.
“While discussing this project, some of the Pacific team started asking questions about how long Christopher and I had been dealing with McDonald’s – when it all began and how many works had been completed by us.
“That’s when I decided to have a rummage through my photo archive and came upon these pictures. To be honest, we do actually look so incredibly young.
“But we’re still young at heart and ready give our clients a handsome new restaurant on a prime city site. We can’t wait!”
The two-storey diner with double drive-thru on Prospecthill Road will create 65 new jobs and will boast 180 seats and 32 car parking spaces when completed.