Toby to be first of many

FAST-construction experts Pacific Building have served up a new £2.5million out-of-town restaurant for food and drink giants Mitchells & Butlers.

The completion of the Toby Carvery, just off the M8 motorway, near Braehead Shopping Centre, on the outskirts of Glasgow, marks the start of a lucrative relationship between Pacific and M&B.

Pacific, who are based at nearby Hillington, have won a multi-million-pound deal that makes them the first Scottish building firm to be retained by M&B, whose brands also include All Bar One, Harvester, O’Neill’s and Brown’s.

Pacific, who employ 32 people, will construct or fit out another five outlets this year for the English-based plc, who operate 1600 pubs and restaurants across the UK and whose annual turnover runs to nearly £2billion.

The Scots firm will take on other projects for other brands in the M&B stable in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Perth and Fife – and it is hoped further work in Scotland and the north-east of England will follow.

Preparations for the construction of the all-new Toby – ‘home of the roast’ – commenced in October last year and came in on budget and on time, which paves the way for the restaurant to open for business, as scheduled, on April 2.

Pacific, who have a growing reputation as a fast fitout and construction company who can operate in a diverse array of sectors, won the right to be main contractors for M&B under the company’s demanding Strategic Alliance Benchmark Tender.

And it means Pacific can now claim to be the only Scottish contractor serving burger empire McDonald’s, pub chain JD Wetherspoon, bakery firm Greggs as well as Mitchells & Butlers.

It is an astonishing success story, in light of the harrowing times being experienced by many other, larger, construction firms in the United Kingdom and abroad.

Pacific managing director Brian Gallacher said: “The Toby Carvery will be a valuable addition to the Braehead shopping experience and to the area generally. “The fixtures and fittings are of an extremely high quality, as is typical of the requirements of Mitchells and Butlers, who, I think, are going to enjoy huge success with this restaurant.

“Winning the contract with Mitchells & Butlers is an astounding achievement, given the fact we are a small company and in light of the current economic downturn, which has proved extremely difficult for the construction sector right across the UK and the rest of the world.

“We’re proud to deliver high quality, and our business is built on the strength of our relationships with our clients. We have enjoyed continued growth in recent years, in part through our associations with global and UK brands who continue to develop their business.

“By continually meeting and exceeding their expectations, we are rewarded with greater volumes of work. Our growth has continued to exceed our budgeted plans and is a credit to the efforts of the team here.”

Last year, Pacific’s turnover rose by 30 per cent to £9.7million, up from £7.6million, thanks to the successful completion of contracts for McDonald’s, JD Wetherspoon, Gleneagles Hotel, Greggs, KFC and airport operators BAA. Pacific’s relationship with BAA is enhanced by the fact that they have an ancillary office adjacent to the perimeter at Glasgow International Airport and many of their team hold ‘airside passes’, which means they have the experience and requisite clearance to work in airside, landside and aircraft manoeuvring areas.

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