Blogs



Roddy Cormack: P-DfMA and the increase in off-site construction

Roddy Cormack, construction law specialist and legal director at Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, examines P-DfMA (Platform for Design for Manufacture and Assembly) and the general increase in off-site construction, and wonders whether SBCC is keeping up with the curve.

Published 4 December 2019

Alan Wilson: Beating the age and skills gap - how the electrical industry is future-proofing Scotland

SELECT’s Alan Wilson details how the electrical industry is tackling demographic changes in the Scottish population.

Published 20 November 2019

Guy Marsden: Glasgow’s hotbed of talent is heating up the property market

Highbridge Properties’ Guy Marsden looks at the Glasgow commercial property market and the increased levels of demand in the market, thanks to the growing pool of talent in the city.

Published 20 November 2019

Kathie Pollard: Action on blight

Kathie Pollard, policy officer at the Scottish Land Commission, explores how a new framework can help decision-makers assess the impact of vacant and derelict land (VDL) sites on their local communities.

Published 19 November 2019

Yunming Thomson: School projects deliver lessons in stakeholder success

Halliday Fraser Munro design director Yunming Thomson discusses how community involvement in the early stages has transformed how we as architects approach the design of education projects.

Published 18 November 2019

Hamish Trench: Regional land use partnerships

With the Scottish Land Commission being asked to advise the Scottish Government on the establishment of regional land use partnerships, chief executive Hamish Trench looks at what the body will need to consider.

Published 13 November 2019

Lindsey Mitchell: More than just a school

BDP architect Lindsey Mitchell on the importance of designing education spaces which inspire and provide a year-round community asset.

Published 12 November 2019

Ross Taylor: Mandatory payment practices in the construction sector

Construction law specialist Ross Taylor wonders if it’s now time for mandatory payment practices as the construction sector buckles under Brexit-driven worries.

Published 7 November 2019

Nicola Barclay: We need to home in on ways to beat the housing crisis

Ahead of the Homes for Scotland annual conference, Nicola Barclay discusses the need for housing, the social and economic benefits of home building and the constraints facing the industry.

Published 7 November 2019

Martin Jarvie: How collaboration can help build the next generation of architects

I was one of those kids who knew what they wanted to be from an early age. My five-year-old self created buildings with Lego from my imagination. So, when I grew up I did it for real and became an architect.

Published 6 November 2019

Jim Cuthbert: Scotland risks sliding backwards into the risks, expense and failures of PFI

In a new report for Common Weal, former chief statistician Jim Cuthbert examines the newly developed 'Mutual Investment Model' that the Scottish Government has adopted for at least some future public infrastructure projects.

Published 5 November 2019

Heather Holbrook: Construction industry must face up to new building regulations

The new building regulations can ensure Scotland leads the way in delivering safe, compliant construction projects but they don’t come without their challenges, says Heather Holbrook.

Published 29 October 2019

Roddy Cormack: Public procurement cake and SME benefits

Public procurement policy and practice, when it comes to facilitating SME involvement, seems to be focused solely upon ensuring there are opportunities at a sub-contract level. But, asks Roddy Cormack, does this focus miss the sweet spot in terms of actual benefit to the SME economy?

Published 25 October 2019

Ben Zielinski: Terminating a commercial lease – how hard can it be to quit?

Ben Zielinski, a senior associate in the commercial litigation team at Shoosmiths in Edinburgh, considers the significance of a recent judgment in the Court of Session that has given greater clarification of how much notice a landlord needs to give to terminate a commercial lease in Scotland.

Published 24 October 2019

Lewis Kemp: Prescription in construction claims – is arguing induced error the answer?

Harper Macleod’s Lewis Kemp looks at a recent case which has taken a new approach to dealing with the problematic application of prescription in construction cases.

Published 22 October 2019