Blogs



Steven Simpson: A challenging decade for the property market

As the dust settles on a momentous decade, Queensberry Properties’ director, Steven Simpson, considers how the Scottish property market reacted and responded to economic and political uncertainty.

Published 9 January 2020

Annette Keay: It’s not just ‘The Right Thing To Do’ – it’s what’s right for our business

Annette Keay from Cumbernauld-based construction business Indeglas outlines why the firm has signed up to the Disability Confident scheme.

Published 8 January 2020

Lisa Gray: A career in construction was waiting in the wings

Kier Regional Building Scotland’s Lisa Gray outlines her route into construction and reveals how her History of Art degree is being put to use as a bid co-ordinator.

Published 7 January 2020

John Albiston: From red phone boxes to a connected world – reflections on life as a chartered surveyor in the Highlands

As chartered surveyor John Albiston prepares for retirement, the senior partner at DM Hall talks about his career and changes in his time while serving his local property market in the Highlands.

Published 17 December 2019

Fiona Hodgson: How Section 75 is punishing good employers at plumbing pensions

SNIPEF CEO Fiona Hodgson outlines Section75 pensions issue facing some plumbers.

Published 16 December 2019

Jennifer Russell: One planner's journey back to university

In a guest blog for RTPI Scotland, Jennifer Russell discusses her role as town planning manager at the University of Glasgow.

Published 13 December 2019

Jonathan Seddon: The future is pre-fab

Morton Fraser’s Jonathan Seddon determines the pros and cons of a modular approach to delivering homes compared to traditional building.

Published 12 December 2019

Kirsti Olson: Severance of an adjudicator's decision following a successful partial challenge

Dentons UK and Middle East LLP partner Kirsti Olson outlines the details of the case of Dickie & Moore Limited v The Lauren McLeish Discretionary Trust, the use of pupils and the crystallisation of a dispute.

Published 11 December 2019

Shona Glenn: The impact of vacant and derelict land

Shona Glenn, head of policy and research at the Scottish Land Commission, shares her vision for tackling Scotland’s legacy of vacant and derelict land to reduce the negative impact that these sites are having on our urban populations.

Published 11 December 2019

Emma Dickson: Construction – it’s about more than bricks and mortar

Construction Scotland’s Emma Dickson on the importance of building and retaining a diverse skilled workforce. 

Published 10 December 2019

Michelle Essen and Lisa Dromgoole: A Scottish view - construction issues in the election manifestos

Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD) lawyers Michelle Essen and Lisa Dromgoole outline what the election manifestos have in store for the VAT Reverse Charge, the Apprenticeship Levy and Skills Shortage, and Modern Methods of Construction. 

Published 9 December 2019

Charlie Drysdale: Heat Networks - a hot topic in the Scottish decarbonisation agenda

Charlie Drysdale, project development manager, heat and distributed energy at SSE Enterprise, discusses the issue of heat networks, which is a subject central to the Scottish decarbonisation agenda.

Published 6 December 2019

Gary Logan: Byte-sized training to unlock Scottish construction productivity gains

Gary Logan, chair of the Building Contractor Training Group (BCTG), explains how the training group is addressing the skills shortage, thanks to CITB funding.

Published 5 December 2019

Stuart Clubb: Supreme Court gratuitous alienation decision gives with one hand but takes with the other

Courts can, in appropriate cases, devise a remedy to protect the good faith purchaser in a gratuitous alienation, the Supreme Court has concluded in a case that turned on the meaning of “adequate consideration” in the Insolvency Act 1986 and which has been remitted to the Inner House of the Court of Session.

Published 4 December 2019

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