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Glasgow business goes underground for second time

Scotland’s oldest and largest ceramic, wall and floor covering specialist is celebrating a contract milestone with work on the Glasgow Subway, almost four decades on from the first tile it laid on the city’s underground.

Glasgow-based A De Cecco is currently working on Kelvinbridge for the second time, some 37 years on from when the business was first contracted to supply and fit wall and floor covering to the station in 1978.

The £107,000 project will see the A De Cecco team deliver new wall tiling to the escalators, main ticket concourse, re-tiling platform floors as well as tunnels and head walls as part of the station upgrade.

Working on the project is Skillbuild 2016 apprentice of the year, Gordon Cook, who beat UK-wide hopefuls to be named wall and flooring tile winner. At the age of 34, Gordon has exceled in his new career with A De Cecco, and, thanks to a string of major project experience, he is well on his way to becoming a master tile fixer.

Chairman, Alberto De Cecco, whose grandfather left Italy in 1912 bringing his artisan skills to Scotland, said: “A De Cecco maintains its Italian heritage thanks to the specialist knowledge my grandfather brought with him – I am very proud that his legacy is still going strong and that the business has been involved in some of Scotland’s biggest construction projects.

“To be working on the Glasgow Subway four decades on from when the business was first commissioned to provide tile coverings is very rewarding and demonstrates the quality of our work. To be encouraging the next generation of master tile fixers like Gordon, who came into the business as a mature apprentice, is very important to us and we look forward to being able to create more job opportunities to carry on delivering the quality of work we are known for.”

Gordon Cook, apprentice tile fixer for A De Cecco, said: “To change careers and begin a trade where I would be starting again was a little daunting, but, I have been supported along the way by very experienced colleagues and had the opportunity to work on projects like the Subway, Robert Gordon University, Edinburgh Military Tattoo along some of Scotland’s leading contractors.

“Winning apprentice of the year was a real boost to my confidence and fantastic recognition of the progress I’ve made.”

A De Cecco was delighted to be awarded the Best use of Tile in a large construction contract at the TTA's 10th Anniversary Awards in 2010 – a rewarding testimonial to the company’s efforts.

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