Blogs



Shirley Evatt: Creating an environment that promotes challenge

Shirley Evatt at Will Rudd Davidson, who is the lead engineer on the project to transform the old Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh into the university's new Edinburgh Futures Institute, discusses the challenges of the project as well as her views on women in engineering.

Published 30 April 2021

Just a Minute with Bill Roddie

SCN's Just a Minute interview feature returns with Spectrum Properties managing director Bill Roddie.

Published 30 April 2021

Heat Networks: are things hotting up for housebuilders?

Heat networks have not been widely adopted in the UK due to a lack of regulation and resulting lack of consumer confidence. They also require significant upfront capital costs. As Scotland is the first nation within the UK to bring out legislation in this area, Sarah-Jane McArthur and Sarah Stewart outline the issues which need to be addressed.

Published 29 April 2021

Roddy Cormack: Who owns what on a partially built project

As the government continues to push the construction industry to move more of the building process off-site and into factories, Roddy Cormack, construction specialist at law firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, explores a conundrum which must be solved if the industry is to thrive in this area – who owns what on a partially built project? 

Published 28 April 2021

CMA unveils lessons learned from rolled lead cartel case

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a case study into the lessons learned from its investigation into two of the UK’s largest suppliers of rolled lead, who broke competition law by taking part in a business cartel.

Published 27 April 2021

Hazel Davies: The value of effective marketing assets

Effective marketing materials are essential for buyers to make the biggest purchase of their lives, ideally combining digital and real-world resources. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, explores the latest initiatives.

Published 26 April 2021

Neil Bancroft: Why the time has come to start valuing our natural capital

To mark World Earth Day today, Neil Bancroft details his work with HarrisonStevens on Wavegarden and the Custom House Quay project in Glasgow.

Published 22 April 2021

Ramsay Hall: Addressing modern slavery in the construction sector

Following the launch of a Police Scotland campaign aimed at tackling modern slavery concerns within the construction sector, Ramsay Hall outlines what modern slavery actually involves and what can be done when there's concern about its presence in the supply chain.

Published 21 April 2021

Kelly Hardman: Time factor as offshore wind worker concession deadline approaches

As it continues to grow its track record of contributions to Scotland’s renewables mission, the offshore wind sector is currently making all the right headlines, writes Kelly Hardman.

Published 20 April 2021

Cleveland Bridge: The British bridges built by innovation

Fabricator and constructor Cleveland Bridge looks at the bridges where technology has fronted innovative design.

Published 16 April 2021

Jim Smith: A personal view of the post-pandemic workspace

As we slowly emerge from the challenge of the last 12 months, Komfort Partitioning managing director Jim Smith looks ahead with fresh energy and a new perspective.

Published 15 April 2021

Amy Wimpenny: The rise of 20-minute neighbourhoods could reinvigorate local communities

Clyde Gateway's project manager Amy Wimpenny details the introduction of a 20-minute neighbourhood scheme in the area.

Published 13 April 2021

Neil Armstrong: Passivhaus and Kier's four guiding principles

In 2019, the UK parliament and Scottish Governments both declared climate emergencies and as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, there is now a sharp focus on building resilient and sustainable communities. This includes the buildings we construct - from how we design and build them to the comfort of occupants and the long-term efficiencies. Here, Neil Armstrong, preconstruction manager & education lead in Kier's Regional Building North & Scotland business, explains more about one building solution; Passivhaus design and shares four guiding principles.

Published 30 March 2021

Dean Ward: Why proptech and fintech need to combine in 2021

Dean Ward, managing director of the DCW Group, a professional residential and commercial development consultancy, outlines the benefits of combining the fintech and proptech markets for the property sector.

Published 30 March 2021

Jamie Dunne: Construction's competition problem

The latest director disqualifications are a reminder to every company in the construction sector of the importance of ensuring that staff understand what conduct will expose their firm to prosecution, writes Jamie Dunne.

Published 23 March 2021