Blogs



Jim MacDonald: Can design help save the planet?

Jim MacDonald, chief executive of Architecture and Design Scotland, explains why a design-based approach is an effective way of getting to people to work collaboratively, which will make a difference both to the quality of our places and the future of our planet. 

Published 27 May 2019

Beyond the Planning Bill: How can we deliver more, well-designed homes in the right places?

Craig McLaren summarises the recent UK Collaborative Centre for Housing Evidence (CaCHE) roundtable which looked at the changes to the Planning (Scotland) Bill and explored how new approaches to planning can help us to build more, well-designed homes.

Published 24 May 2019

Blog: CSR – Not just a tick in the box

Corporate social responsibility is easy to dismiss as one of those bureaucratic boxes that need ticked, but if you spend some time talking to your employees, you will find that the majority have a passionate concern for something outside of work, writes Alastair Wallace, senior partner at Scottish construction and property consultancy Thomas & Adamson.

Published 22 May 2019

Katie Craig: The crucial need for objective medical centre property valuations

As medical centres become increasingly complex, DM Hall's Katie Craig argues that the need for objective advice for property valuations is crucial.

Published 17 May 2019

Kirsti Olson: Could Scotland lead the way in improving the UK construction industry payment process?

Kirsti Olson, a construction partner in Dentons' Edinburgh office, has been following the Scottish Government's progress in confronting the issue of payments in the construction industry since its announcement in December that it intended to consult on the subject.

Published 15 May 2019

Harry C Smith: Laying the foundations for new-build homes legislation

With less than two months to respond to Graham Simpson MSP’s Proposed New-Build Homes (Buyer Protection) (Scotland) members Bill, Harry C. Smith, partner and head of housebuilder & construction at Gillespie Macandrew LLP, shares his views.

Published 13 May 2019

Brian McQuade: Opening site doors can open young minds

Kier's MD Brian McQuade on how initiatives like Open Doors can give young people an insight into the world of construction.

Published 30 April 2019

Dr Graham Paterson: The need to entice young people into construction

City Building’s executive director, Dr Graham Paterson, on how education must work with employers to encourage more young people and women into construction.

Published 24 April 2019

Paul McGonigal: Significant VAT changes on the horizon for building & construction services

Paul McGonigal explores the changes in VAT rules for supplies in the construction industry coming into force from October this year.

Published 24 April 2019

Jamie Dunne: Competition crackdown – Five lessons for construction businesses

Given a number of Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) accusations against key suppliers to the construction sector, Jamie Dunne from law firm Brodies has looked into the issue in more detail.

Published 23 April 2019

Fraser Lynes: The opportunities offered by brownfield land

Queensberry Properties’ land and development director, Fraser Lynes, says there’s no need for our cities to continue expanding outwards, when Scotland has plenty of urban land available for redevelopment.

Published 23 April 2019

Alyson Cowan: Importance of limitation clauses in collateral warranties

The recently published judgment of O’Farrell J in Swansea Stadium Management Co. Ltd v Swansea City and County Council ([2018] EWHC 2192 (TCC)) provides guidance on limitations of time clauses contained in collateral warranties and acts as a reminder that collateral warranties are capable of being time barred.

Published 18 April 2019

Blog: Why going plastic-free should matter to us all

By Alasdair Steele, head of Scotland commercial at Knight Frank

Published 12 April 2019

Colin Lavety: Time to banish the green belt taboo?

Relaxing green belt restrictions will make it easier for developers to build on green belt land, writes Colin Lavety, planning director with Barton Willmore.

Published 4 April 2019

Stephen Good: Funding will support a construction innovation revolution – but we need industry’s help

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre chief executive Stephen Good reflects on an £11 million boost in core funding and explains why industry should step up and help drive an innovation revolution.

Published 2 April 2019