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A GLIMPSE OF 50 YEARS

A GLIMPSE OF 50 YEARS
In 1973 comedian Peter Kay was born, Pink Floyd released the Dark Side of the Moon, a pint of beer cost 14p and the average detached house was £16,9890…….and Technical Director, Harry Jackson, walked through the doors of Walker Group to take up his new post as Site Engineer.

Little did Harry know it would be the first of many new roles that would see him rise up the ranks and lead to a career spanning more than forty years with the business.

With only twelve employees at that time Harry was responsible for the roads and sewage works needed to support the company’s first housebuilding sites in Easter Corton, Tillicoultry, Dollar and Penicuik. But the company quickly grew moving into providing housebuilding kits and winning contracts to deliver commercial buildings. Walker Construction was established and Harry was appointed Contracts Manager, then Contracts Director and finally Managing Director.

Over the years Harry was responsible for building and refurbishing many well know buildings in Scotland including Airth Castle, Broadwood Stadium, Springkerse Retail Park, Leith Water World and Broomielaw.

Harry said, “Originally I was keen to do electronics when I was at school but I’m glad I didn’t as my career has been so varied and interesting. I would encourage young people to consider the construction industry as they won’t be disappointed in the opportunities it brings.

“The best thing about Walker Group is being given the job and told to get on and do it. Although it’s not without its challenges like any job, the projects I’ve worked on and the people I’ve met and worked with for many years, have been great. Each building has a story behind it which brings it to life.

“One of my most memorable occasions was when Seve Ballesteros opened our Westerwood development in Cumbernauld which featured housing, a hotel and golf course. He was a proper gentlemen even if he couldn’t cope with our cold Scottish weather.”