Blogs



Terri Tully: Construction - is it still a man’s world?

As the construction industry celebrates the annual Woman in Construction Week (3-9 March), Terri Tully, resource manager at Stewart Milne Group reflects on her positive experience working within the construction industry.

Published 8 March 2019

MacRoberts: CMA continues to enforce its cartel agenda on construction industry

Following the news that five office fit-out companies were fined more than £7 million after admitting being involved in cartel behaviour, law firm MacRoberts looks at some recent fines issued by the CMA and the general approach to cartel behaviour in the UK.

Published 8 March 2019

Lisa Gordon: Painting a bright future for women in construction

Painter and decorator apprentice Lisa Gordon shares her career experience for International Women's Day.

Published 8 March 2019

Andrew Woodrow: Addressing Scotland’s town centre retail challenge

Barton Willmore planning associate Andrew Woodrow argues that residential accommodation and flexible office space can help make Scotland's town centres flourish again.

Published 8 March 2019

Stuart Parker: Taking the ScotlandIsNow message to the world at MIPIM 2019

Morgan Sindall Construction’s managing director in Scotland, Stuart Parker, looks ahead to the united Scottish delegation heading to MIPIM 2019.

Published 5 March 2019

Joanne Casey: Joined-up approach required to attract women and young people into property and construction

New MD of housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel's English division, Joanne Casey, discusses her route to success within the property and construction industry and how we need to inspire more young people and women into this thriving and diverse industry.

Published 5 March 2019

Martin Robertson: Don’t let them suffer in silence - how firms can combat the tragic effects of mental health problems in the workplace

After figures from the Electrical Industries Charity (EIC) revealed that more than 400 people in the electrical sector attempted to commit suicide in 2018 alone, Martin Robertson discusses how firms in the construction sector can combat the tragic effects of mental health problems in the workplace.

Published 22 February 2019

Mark Robinson: Taking infrastructure investment underground

Spending on underground systems will boost productivity and deliver local economic growth, writes Scape Group chief executive, Mark Robinson.

Published 14 February 2019

Alyson Cameron: Finding the right path back to building a bright future

Alyson Cameron discusses her route into construction and dispels the misconception that a career in the sector is for those struggling academically or that it isn't for women.

Published 12 February 2019

Tony Cochrane: Construction sub-contractor left out of pocket after VAT case

In the recent J&B Hopkins (“J&BH”) Upper Tier Tax Tribunal VAT case, the court agreed with HMRC’s view that the business should be assessed for underpaid VAT, even though the business felt that HMRC would unfairly benefit from such an assessment.

Published 11 February 2019

Russell Munro: Winchburgh Village plan can provide blueprint for housing delivery

A model agreement between the Scottish Government, West Lothian Council and a newly-created joint venture could help tackle Scotland’s housing crisis if replicated in other regions, writes Russell Munro.

Published 6 February 2019

Blog: Largest project of my life is my biggest challenge yet – but teamwork is key

To mark the opening of The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) in the summer, Nigel Munro, the regional project manager for Henry Boot, describes his work on the project.

Published 5 February 2019

Opinion: Empowering the masses not the few to improve housing in Scotland

Planning consultant Colin Lavety makes the case for housing land allocation decisions to be made at a national level which he argues would standardise the process and increase the number of homes being delivered.

Published 30 January 2019

Blog: Construction suppliers facing new challenges in 2019

Sarah Pengelly discusses the pros and cons of “living wills” for construction suppliers.

Published 16 January 2019

Blog: More competition law breaches by construction companies, against backdrop of declining sectoral awareness

Brodies partner Charles Livingstone considers more competition law breaches by construction companies and the results of a survey by the CMA.

Published 11 January 2019