Blogs



Frankie Healy: A digital agency still needs a collaborative work space

Digital agency director Frankie Healy reveals why his business and others won't be ditching their office spaces post-pandemic.

Published 8 June 2021

Jason Chandler: Building safer utility workplaces using advanced tech: Lessons from the U.S.

Burns & McDonnell projects director, Jason Chandler, looks at the advantages and safety improvements delivered by wearable technology which has been used widely in the US in construction sites during the pandemic.

Published 7 June 2021

Roddy Cormack: From toilet paper to steel cladding – how to manage a supply sheet storm

Construction law specialist Roddy Cormack on the shortages of construction materials and the impact this may have on the sector. 

Published 4 June 2021

Kathleen McAnea: Construction materials shortage – blip or blunder?

Burness Paull's Kathleen McAnea looks at the implications of the current shortage in construction materials and offers suggestions for companies who may be impacted.

Published 3 June 2021

Andrew Tolmie and Stefanie Johnston: After Grenfell, who pays to make high-rise buildings meet fire safety standards?

Andrew Tolmie and Stefanie Johnston outline the current legal landscape in Scotland regarding who pays the remedial works necessary to bring residential buildings into line with new fire safety standards.

Published 2 June 2021

Lucy Black: 5G can redefine the future of construction

Lucy Black from Construction Scotland Innovation Centre believes that 5G has the potential to support and accelerate efficiencies in the construction industry.

Published 1 June 2021

Kevin Reid: Meeting the challenge of green energy in new homes

Kevin Reid, chief executive of the Cruden Group, looks at meeting the challenges of using more green energy and sustainable building in new homes.

Published 25 May 2021

Hazel Davies: Designing homes for a connected future

Housebuilders have a responsibility to ensure new-build homes are future-proofed, which is challenging given the rapid evolution of digital connectivity. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, takes a closer look at the ‘Internet of Things’ and the exciting developments that lie ahead.

Published 25 May 2021

MJ O’Shaughnessy: Conserving historic buildings to create a vibrant Edinburgh

Will Rudd (Glasgow) managing director MJ O’Shaughnessy details the conservation expertise required to regenerate the historic Advocate’s Close site in Edinburgh.

Published 18 May 2021

Paul Reilly: Glasgow's West End property market has lost none of its allure

Paul Reilly, director in the Glasgow office of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, says the residential property market in the West End of Glasgow is losing none of its allure, with quick sales and rising prices.

Published 17 May 2021

Lesley McLeod: Addressing mental health in the construction industry needs greater consideration

Speaking exclusively to SCN, Lesley McLeod at the Association for Project Safety focuses on mental health issues in the construction industry. 

Published 14 May 2021

Alasdair Rankin: 'Hey Alexa - ask the lift to take me to floor 9 please!'

As workers begin to return to the workplace, Alasdair Rankin, MD at Aitken Turnbull Architects, pens this exclusive blog for SCN which asks what next for the 'normal' office?

Published 13 May 2021

Paul Hillard: We need to build better homes more quickly to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis

Paul Hillard, managing director of Irvine Housing Association, reveals why better homes are needed to tackle Scotland's housing crisis.

Published 10 May 2021

Ian Timlin: What you need to consider if your contractor goes bust

Dispute resolution specialist Ian Timlin outlines nine things to be considered if faced with contractor insolvency.

Published 10 May 2021

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