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J S McColl Ltd
157 Queen Margaret Drive
G20 8XU

Tel: 0141 946 1062
Fax: 0141 946 1888

Email: mccolldecorators@aol.com

Professional Memberships

CHAS - Contractors Health and Safety Assessment Scheme and
				 Constructionline - UK Register Of Pre-Qualified Construction Services Logos

JS McColl Painting Contractors Ltd - About Us


Our Professionalism:

With dedication to our craft and an appreciation of client's unique requirements, difficulties and demands we flexibly incorporate them into our working practices.
To ensure client satisfaction, we work closely with them offering our expertise to advise on the most suitable paints for specific areas to give the best paint adhesion, taking into account previous coatings. We guarantee that thorough preparation is carried out in accordance with the appropriate technical specification. The correct paint is used and applied as per the manufacturer's specifications to ensure its durability and optimum life span. Where necessary, we also utilise our long standing, excellent partnering relationships with suppliers, for example ICI Paint, Dulux and Crown Paints, and their technical paint representatives. We have also been commended by our suppliers for the innovative and professional manner in which we use their products.
All of this ensures that the best suitability and long term durability of coating systems is achieved and gives a more cost effective solution in the long term as the paint finish lasts much longer and less preparation is required next time.

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Working Practices:

We have a highly-experienced management team with over 130 years experience in the painting and decorating trade. Headed up by managing director, Ronnie McColl and assisted by contracts manager, Justin McColl the company is structured to ensure that all contracts are allocated a foreman supervisor (known as a chargehand). For contracts of a significant size, this supervisory role is a full-time one. Supervisors are involved in the continuous supervision of ongoing work and assessment of completed work. Designated supervisors - all of whom have been with the company for between 10 and 23 years - make themselves available for regular client communication.
Managing director, Ronnie McColl and contracts manager, Justin McColl are involved in personally overseeing all major contract work, making site visits every few days to communicate with staff and chargehands to ensure that contracts are delivered to the highest quality of workmanship with the minimum of inconvenience to the client. These on-site meetings also allow us to quickly and effectively deal with any issues of quality, progress, site problems or health and safety matters. Progress meetings involving client, surveyor, supplier and contractor are held at regular intervals or when requested. This focus on client communication helps to ensure that all contract deadlines are effectively met. We have devised a quality control questionnaire which is completed weekly as a result of regular site visits to assess quality of workmanship and safe methods of working.
We have a close working relationship with all our major materials suppliers including their specification and technical teams. We regularly work with our supply chain to provide our customers with technical advice, bespoke specification and colour consultancy.


All contract work is delivered by over thirty directly employed operatives who have an average length of service with the company of approximately twenty years. In itself, this statistic is one that any company would be proud of, however, in our industry, this is remarkable. All painters are fully qualified tradesmen and all are fully conversant with the appropriate Health & Safety regulations. The company does not employ semi-skilled or self-employed personnel.
All personnel are provided with in-house training and supplied with the best equipment and materials. The company has an in-house agreement with personnel over flexibility of hours of work and provides flexible rates of pay and conditions that are in accordance with the Scottish Decorators Federation's rules and regulations. An internal bonus scheme is linked to the completion of contract work within the timeframes agreed with the client. We employ apprentices annually and train them the 'J.S. McColl Way' while they undertake formal training at CITB colleges with a view to permanent employment with this company when their apprenticeship is complete. All apprentices work directly under the supervision of long-serving tradesmen. The company still employs a number of personnel who completed their apprenticeship with J S McColl 20 years ago. Team working is also a critical factor in the successful delivery of contract work, with the team's skill and knowledge informing the initial works plan and ensuring that all contracts are delivered to the highest quality standards.

Our Clients:

JS McColl Ltd is very experienced in providing painter work services in multi-sited environments with a multiplicity of building types across a wide spectrum of organisations to a very high standard. The works that we have carried out include both interior and external maintenance painter works on a reactive, planned and cyclical basis, ensuring a responsive and quality repair service which met with client approval for the standard of work and the manner in which it was conducted. The following are examples of our clients:


Holiday Inn
Hotel Du Vin, One Devonshire Gardens
Menzies Hotel
Glasgow Radisson (SAS) Hotel
Express By Holiday Inn
Malmaison Hotel


University of Strathclyde
Heriot Watt University
Glasgow College of Nautical Studies
Queen Margaret University
Victoria Halls of Residents
Unite Halls of Residence
City of Glasgow College
Stevenson College
John Wheatley College
Caledonian University


Govanhill Housing Association
Molendinar Park Housing Association
Reidvale Housing Association
Copperworks Housing Association
Southside Housing Association
Provanhall Housing Association
Cube Housing Associations
Ruchazie Housing Association
Ardenglen Housing Association
Rosehill Housing Co-operative
Knowes Housing Association
Easthall park Housing Co-Operative
Rutherglen & Cambuslang Housing
Pineview Housing Association


Disclosure Scotland
Bupa Care Homes
House for an Art Lover
St Andrews in the Square
Central Scotland Fire & Rescue
Peverel Scotland
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland
Douglas Park Golf Club

All of the works were carried out to the satisfaction of the maintenance departments, clerk of works and surveyors and ran smoothly, to programme and with no accidents or Health & Safety issues.


"tradesmen are approachable, honest, reliable, trustworthy"
Contracts Surveyor, University of Strathclyde

"been using JS McColl's for over 30 years. It is a great firm with old fashioned values in relation to standards and service.
They will not let you down."
Maintenance Officer, Reidvale Housing Association

“as usual first class job was done, under quite difficult conditions, due to the office being newly refurbished, desks etc. So well done there, and thank you for all your good works.”
Maintenance Manager, Menzies Hotel.

“In a sensitive working environment including working in rooms occupied by elderly and frail residents, J S McColl Ltd have undertaken works in a consciencous and caring manner”
Project Manager, Bupa Care Homes.


Our Client Services:

JS McColl always maintains good and timely communications with all clients and residents ensuring they are aware of when works are going to begin and how long they are expected to last in specific areas – for example, circulation areas. Appropriate, clear signage will be prominently displayed whenever required.  In the unlikely event that defects occur, a snagging list will be drawn up and arrangements made for them to be dealt with promptly.  All arranged appointments, are always met.  In addition, the Managing Director and Contracts Manager will regularly attend sites and will be available for discussions with stakeholders and our on-site supervisors will also be available at all times, with or without appointment.

We also operate a “Just in Time” policy thereby not only ensuring that the right equipment and products are on site at the appropriate time but also that they are not causing issues with regards to storage, inconvenience or damage to shrubbery and gardens.

All on-site personnel are required to display company ID cards, they are also required to wear appropriately liveried work wear and use liveried vehicles ensuring that stakeholders are aware of the company identity as well as the identity of the individual.

In order to enhance our client service, all JS McColl’s  workforce receive regular training on how to behave in a caring and sensitive manner when carrying out redecoration works. Our staff are committed to always assessing and taking into account the needs of the client, handle tools in an appropriate manner and all tools, equipment and materials are never left unattended or unsupervised at any time, showing total respect for stakeholders personal belongings and their homes.  We also ensure that walkways are clear and tidy for ease of movement around entrances / garden areas.