Alistair McAlinden and Stuart Dougal: Material shortages and price increases creating tensions across Scottish building and construction sector

Alistair McAlinden and Stuart Dougal from Interpath Advisory in Scotland look at how the current spike in raw material prices and labour shortages is having an impact across the sector – and in particular, how it will shape the way in which contracts will need to be negotiated or renegotiated.

Published 30 July 2021

Sandra Cassels: How can construction businesses work with their supply chains to minimise disputes?

In an exclusive piece for Scottish Construction Now, construction and engineering dispute resolution specialist Sandra Cassels covers how businesses can minimise disputes that arise through supply chain disruption in this Covid-hit landscape.

Published 29 July 2021

Brendan O'Hara and Andy Sloan: Bringing rural and island communities together with tunnels

Brendan O'Hara, MP for Argyll and Bute, and Andy Sloan FICE FRSE, managing director for COWI in the UK, explore the idea of building better rural and island links in Scotland with tunnels for connected islands.

Published 28 July 2021

Katy Wedderburn: Proposed new duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace

Katy Wedderburn, head of MacRoberts LLP's employment team, discusses the UK Government's proposal to introduce a mandatory duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment.

Published 28 July 2021

Fiona McLeod: Update – revised property factors code of conduct

Fiona McLeod provides a brief overview of the changes introduced by the Scottish Government's revised code of conduct for property factors.

Published 22 July 2021

Hazel Davies: The importance of local amenities

As society resumes some of its former rhythms, people are keener than ever to embrace the benefits of local amenities. In this article, Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, takes a closer look at the enduring popularity of urban living.

Published 22 July 2021

Andy Hadden: Surfing is going global and Scotland is jumping onboard

Andy Hadden, the co-founder of Tartan Leisure Ltd, the developer of Scotland's first artificial surfing facility, discusses how surfing's surge in popularity in Scotland is coinciding with the sport's inclusion in the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Published 21 July 2021

Susannah Donaldson: Impact of pandemic on gender pay gap reporting in construction

Lawyer Susannah Donaldson considers the impact of the pandemic on gender pay gap figures reported by large construction businesses.

Published 16 July 2021

Ivan McKee: Scottish government pushing forward with agenda of recovery

Ivan McKee MSP, the Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise and chair of the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum, considers the priorities for building recovery from Covid-19.

Published 13 July 2021

Edward Dymock: Shaped by movement

Edward Dymock, associate architect at BDP’s Glasgow Studio and lead architect for EGIP’s redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street Station to the end of detail design, discusses how the new station was designed.

Published 13 July 2021

Jennifer Campbell: The demand for rural land and properties in Scotland remains undiminished

Jennifer Campbell, head of estate agency in DM Hall Baird Lumsden, the specialist rural department of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, discusses the continued demand for rural properties of all shapes and sizes in Scotland.

Published 7 July 2021

Mike Harrison: Learning from listening to communities 

Mike Harrison, creative director of HarrisonStevens, details his participation in an innovative collaboration that was undertaken as part of the What if...?/Scotland exhibition, originally designed to be staged at the Venice Biennale, but now on show at the V&A Dundee.

Published 6 July 2021

Scottish Renewables: Our work on the Heat Networks (Scotland) Bill

Having engaged in the Heat Networks (Scotland) Act since its earliest days, working with civil servants and ministers to provide the views of the renewables sector, Scottish Renewables highlights the work that was carried out and the teamwork that was necessary to achieve these wins.

Published 1 July 2021

Andrew Richards: Local and reclaimed building materials should be part of solution towards zero carbon and current material shortages

Sourcing locally and using reclaimed building materials is possible and should be part of the solution towards zero carbon and could help the Scottish construction industry weather the global material supply shortages, says Andrew Richards, co-chair of the Supply Chain Resilience & Capability Sub-group of the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum.

Published 29 June 2021

Alasdair Steele: Pandemic underlines the enduring investment appeal of resilient retail parks

Alasdair Steele, head of Scotland commercial at Knight Frank, discusses the investment appeal of retail parks in the UK.

Published 22 June 2021