John Jameson: COVID-19 and the risk of Legionella

John Jameson outlines a COVID-19 issue which many people may not have factored; the risk of Legionella created by stagnant water apparatus and cooling systems which have been largely redundant for over two months.

Published 29 May 2020

Laura McCorquodale: Construction getting back to work safely as lockdown begins to ease

As the Scottish Government prepares to update its COVID-19 construction sector guidance, Laura McCorquodale details the industry’s six-phase plan to resume work.

Published 28 May 2020

Christine Worthington: Safe workplace planning is key priority for Scottish construction

CMS partner and construction specialist Christine Worthington outlines how construction employers can make their workplaces safe for employees once restrictions are lifted.

Published 28 May 2020

Alan Gordon: Riding the leadership learning curve

DM Hall senior partner, Alan Gordon, talks about the challenges of leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 28 May 2020

Stuart Harrow: When the roads fall silent, we can’t avoid the fact that it’s time for a major re-think

East Kilbride-based engineer Stuart Harrow details how COVID-19 could have an impact on transport planning and road infrastructure in the future.

Published 27 May 2020

Hazel Davies: How open-plan living became the norm

The current vogue for open-plan living has been with us for a while and shows no sign of diminishing through familiarity. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, explores the background to what has become a cornerstone in residential property design.

Published 27 May 2020

Hew Edgar: Scottish route map good for construction but housing market fears remain

RICS head of UK government relations and city strategy Hew Edgar urges the Scottish Government to raise more awareness of the six-phase return plan for construction and issue clearer guidance with regard to the housing market.

Published 26 May 2020

Tom Marshall: When is a factor not a factor?

The recent decision of the Inner House in Proven Properties (Scotland) Limited, reported in Scottish Construction Now on May 15, raises questions about the effectiveness, or at least the scope, of the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011, writes Tom Marshall.

Published 21 May 2020

Ainslie McCrone: Why our homes are still our – virtual - castles

Briar Homes marketing manager Ainslie McCrone on managing buyer interest as the housebuilding sector awaits the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Published 19 May 2020

Roddy Cormack: The return to work of construction designers

Roddy Cormack, accredited specialist in construction law and legal director at Scottish law firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, explores the role of designers in the return to operations for the construction industry in the new COVID normal.

Published 19 May 2020

Bill Hill: Mental Health Awareness Week should be cancelled

Lighthouse Club CEO Bill Hill has his say on mental health in the construction industry in response to the recent CIOB survey.

Published 18 May 2020

COVID-19: AAB’s practical guide to steps construction businesses can take now

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to have a dramatic and unavoidable impact on Scottish businesses across the construction industry, with activity declining at the fastest pace since the financial crisis in 2009. While a considerable proportion of the construction industry has stalled all activity for the foreseeable future, there is still a need to safeguard cashflow during this period of uncertainty.

Published 14 May 2020

Simone Young: Preparation is key in reopening Scottish construction

While lockdown is in effect, construction companies should continue to maintain their operations and also focus on what they need to start putting in place to prepare to a phased return to operations, writes Simone Young.

Published 12 May 2020

Donald MacKinnon: Redundancy warning to businesses as employers consider nightmare scenario of laying off staff

Donald MacKinnon, group legal director at employment law and HR firm Law At Work, advises on the steps businesses can take to limit losing staff and lays out the considerations which must be made if employers are forced into the last resort.

Published 11 May 2020