Blogs



Open letter from chief planner John McNairney

With the Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 receiving Royal Assent last week, chief planner John McNairney has written an open letter to provide an update on current workstreams being taken forward by the Scottish Government’s Planning and Architecture Division.

Published 31 July 2019

Foundations for equality: LGBTQ+ inclusivity within the construction sector

Lawyers Sarah Wales, Fiona Graham and Curtis Fox explore how the construction sector can promote inclusivity of the LGBTQ+ community.

Published 31 July 2019

Laura Brown: From the runway to the rubble – building a dream career

Assistant business development manager Laura Brown explains why she chose to leave a career in fashion to pursue a career in construction.

Published 30 July 2019

Isla Jappy: Making affordable homes affordable

Halliday Fraser Munro design associate Isla Jappy discusses the future challenges for affordable housing in Scotland.

Published 30 July 2019

Alan Cantwell: Scaffolders reach new heights with CITB funding

ASC Edinburgh Ltd managing director Alan Cantwell discusses how CITB’s Skills and Training Fund enabled the firm to send an employee on a specialist design course; move towards Approved Training Organisation status and inspire young people on work experience to begin apprenticeships.

Published 26 July 2019

Gordon Clyne: Managing summer spikes in the education sector

Morris & Spottiswood director for fit-out Scotland, Gordon Clyne, outlines how the companies can handle spikes in education sector projects during the summer break.

Published 26 July 2019

Alan Wilson: The Current War changed the world. Now today’s electricians can continue to change it for the better

As the movie about Thomas Edison and electricity 'The Current War' prepares for release tomorrow, Alan Wilson reflects on the history of electricity and the future of the industry.

Published 25 July 2019

Stewart Little: Responsible Retrofit

With the latest Energy Efficiency Standard for Social Housing 2 (EESSH2) targets announced recently by the Scottish Government, Stewart Little from IRT Surveys explains how asset managers can exploit technology to meet their obligations.

Published 24 July 2019

Ron Fraser: Why we must reform the way we procure our infrastructure

Procurement reform is right at the top of Construction Scotland’s priority, writes Ron Fraser.

Published 23 July 2019

Jayne Harrison: The legal implications of avoiding the construction gender pay gap

Employment lawyer Jayne Harrison discusses the steps that construction employers can take to increase transparency in their efforts to tackle the gender pay gap.

Published 19 July 2019

Alan Wilson: Time to make a meaningful impact

SELECT MD Alan Wilson gives his views on the report into construction issued recently by the Scottish Parliament.

Published 18 July 2019

Jonathan Seddon: Does your performance bond do what you expect it to do?

By Jonathan Seddon, a partner and head of construction law at Morton Fraser

Published 12 July 2019

Ewan Jures: Is it time to get heated about heating new homes?

WSP associate Ewan Jures on the importance of district heating networks.

Published 12 July 2019

Iain Masterton: Contractors must prepare for potential VAT burden

Accountant Iain Masterton outlines key changes to VAT rules, details why they’ve been introduced and reveals what building contractors must do to ensure they are compliant.

Published 11 July 2019

Malcolm Thomson: Thinking outside the modular box

By Malcolm Thomson, sales director at Scotframe

Published 11 July 2019