Blogs



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

Blog: True Valuations – when can they truly be sought?

Solicitor Amy Drew of Scottish lawyers MacRoberts addresses changes to the law in the wake of recent cases relating to “smash and grab” adjudications.

Published 1 April 2019

Scott Craig: Preparing for Making Tax Digital in three easy steps

Scottish business advisors Scott-Moncrieff outline how the construction industry can ensure it is prepared for the upcoming Making Tax Digital deadline.

Published 29 March 2019

Lynda Ross: The demolished development and the silent clock

A dispute about a demolished housing development in Midlothian has shown how a claim against consultants can be time barred before it is even known that there is a claim to be pursued. Is it time to change the law? The Scottish Government already has. It has passed the Prescription (Scotland) Act 2018 and the date for it coming into force is awaited.

Published 27 March 2019

Heads of Planning Scotland: Resourcing the Planning System

Heads of Planning Scotland (HOPS) offers to help the Scottish Government better understand the true costs of delivering planning reform and quality services in communities.

Published 25 March 2019

Kevin Stewart: Politicians must work together to avoid damage to Scotland’s economy

Planning Minister Kevin Stewart blogs about the need for Scottish Parliament to amend the Planning Bill to ensure it supports economic growth.

Published 21 March 2019

Marion Forbes: When promotion is not always the right answer

Offering promotions to staff to prevent them from leaving is a growing trend in construction and could harm your business, write Mactaggart & Mickel Homes director, Marion Forbes.

Published 19 March 2019

Scott Wilson: Partnerships are the recipe for success at MIPIM

Robertson Group’s executive director, development, Scott Wilson, discusses why the company’s longest running partnership - one it has had for over 50 years - is proof that collaboration should be at the heart of every major construction/infrastructure project at MIPIM 2019.

Published 13 March 2019

Martin McKay: MIPIM gives us a chance to showcase sustainable neighbourhoods

MIPIM, the international property fair, opens its doors today, and Clyde Gateway will be there as part of Team Scotland. This is because MIPIM is big, international and truly global in ambition, and by attending, we put Clyde Gateway’s hat in the ring for the chance of significant international investment that we simply can’t afford to miss out on.

Published 12 March 2019

Martin Robertson: Don’t let them suffer in silence

M-Pact Group health and safety manager Martin Robertson on how firms can combat the tragic effects of mental health problems in the workplace.

Published 12 March 2019