Stornoway student starts building career at Lews Castle

Christopher at Lews Castle
Christopher at Lews Castle

GRAHAM Construction has helped lay the foundations for a budding career in construction for a local Stornoway student.

Christopher Morrison, who left the Nicolson Institute in 2011, will spend the summer learning the trade at the £8.5 million Lews Castle refurbishment project where GRAHAM Construction is the main contractor.

Christopher is studying for his honours degree in construction management at Glasgow Caledonian University and is gaining valuable on-site experience..

He has been on site since May and will work through all areas of the development until September.

Christopher hopes the placement will boost his career credentials. He said: “The chance to work on the Lews Castle refurbishment project has been a fantastic learning opportunity for me. The practical experience I’ve already gained on site will help me on the last year of my course and the next steps I need to take to begin my career.

“My ambition is to achieve more responsibility and develop skills as quickly and as thoroughly as I can so I can start in the industry as soon as possible after leaving university.”

Jim McNally, project manager at GRAHAM Construction, said: “The Lews Castle refurbishment project offers Christopher an ideal platform to experience a broad set of technical skills required in a complex conservation and maintenance project, giving him the tools to build a career in industry.

“Christopher is a terrific asset to have around the site, he’s enthusiastic and it’s an enjoyable experience to pass on our expertise to the next generation of construction workers.

“I have no doubt Christopher will continue to build upon what he is learning on site and progress successfully within the industry.”