Paisley Reservists Thank City Building for a Job Well Done

New disabled car parking bay outside a 102 Field Squadron facility

Reservists from 71 Engineer Regiment’s 102 Field Squadron have extended their heartfelt thanks to a Glasgow-based construction company for their support in improving road safety at the Squadron’s Army Reserve Centre.

In late 2018 Captain Dave Hanley, 102 Field Squadron’s PSAO (Permanent Staff Administration Officer), put forward a proposal to create new car parking bays, double yellow lines and hatched areas to ensure safe passage for all personnel around the Reserve Centre at Hawkhead Road, with financial support from Lowland RFCA. Initially, the idea was for the Squadron personnel to carry out the project themselves once the funding was approved in 2019, until an opportunity to collaborate with a Forces friendly employer arose that was too good to refuse.

White minibus parked in a newly finished parking bay.

While 102 Field Squadron were preparing to undertake the road marking project, Glasgow City Building had just received its Employer Recognition Scheme (ERS) Gold Award, a prestigious accolade from the Ministry of Defence. Keen to demonstrate the company’s gold standard support for the Armed Forces, City Building arranged for one of their staff to assess the job required at the Reserve Centre. Before the work could begin in earnest, however, the COVID-19 pandemic struck and the project was put on hold.

In September 2022, the road marking work finally commenced and, after a pause during the winter months, was successfully completed in August of this year. In a thank-you letter to City Building, Captain Hanley praised the supporting team for being ‘fantastic and professional with the job they did, a credit to Glasgow City Building, troubleshooting some issues we had and using their experience to make suggestions resulting in a much safer place for all users in the facility.

‘I would like to thank City Building for your continued support both as a supportive employer to our Reservists and for the support given to complete this task.’

Car park at Hawkhead Road Reserve Centre showing new parking bays. In the background is a van and three cars.

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