Meet the Director of Planet Decorators
Q. What is your role in Cosmos Projects Group?
A. I am Director of Planet Decorators Ltd. I have been with the company since its inception just over 3 years ago initially as General Manager and now Director.
Q. What do you enjoy most about working for Cosmos/Planet?
A. The variety of projects we carry out, meeting new clients, plus the management team within the organisation.
Q. How many years have you been in this industry?
A. Over 30 years
Q. What was your first job?
A. Milk boy when I was 14 years old. When I turned 16 I left school and started work as an apprentice electrician for 6 months until a close family friend offered me an apprenticeship role as a painter with Strathclyde Decorators in Coatbridge. The Painting Manager took me under his wing over my 4-year apprenticeship, and with hard work and dedication, here I am now.
Q. What are some of your hobbies or interests outside of work?
A. Golf, football, walking dogs.
Q. What is your favourite tv show?
A. Game of Thrones.
Q. Where is your favourite holiday destination?
Q. What three words best describe your personality?
A. Generous, stubborn and loyal.
Cosmos Projects Group
Avison Young have worked closely with Cosmos Projects on various types of contracts for over seven years now.
Both our clients and our in-house Avison Young Building Consultancy team are happy with the Cosmos Projects team’s project management skills and with their general approach and quality achieved on each project.
Recent projects carried out on our behalf for the University of St Andrews have involved multi-disciplinary trades on challenging sites which regularly remain occupied during the works. These works are always carried out to a high standard, on time and with minimal disruption to our clients and to the building occupiers.
We remain very happy to consider Cosmos Projects for future work. What is very helpful to Avison Young is the excellent estimating and also the post contract QS input from Cosmos which makes cost management very simple to manage for us in any contract administration roles.
Planet Decorators recently completed taping and decoration works at our second floor office refurbishment project in Castle Terrace, Edinburgh. Our client was absolutely delighted with the quality of the finished job. We look forward to working with John and his team again on future projects.
We are delighted with our experience of working with Cosmos Projects over the duration of recent projects. We have found Cosmos Project’s team to be refreshingly co-operative and attentive and have a solution-based approach on their outlook to projects. Having worked previously with the management staff, this, we feel assisted with a team approach. Under the direction of Chris McNeill, Cosmos Projects bring a level of client side understanding that, we feel, sets them apart from others, and makes them a contractor of choice when considering tender lists. We would have no hesitation in recommending Cosmos Projects.
I worked with Cosmos on the internal and external refurbishment of a Grade ‘B’ listed townhouse in Glasgow city centre. The work included extensive internal improvements to services and finishes to provide speculative office space for let. We collaborated with Cosmos following a competitive tender process and value engineered the project scope and specification in line with our client’s budget requirements.