Blogs



John Toms: Will converting empty offices into residential properties be the new normal?

John Toms on the implications for city centres if the transition of properties from commercial to residential becomes commonplace.

Published 12 August 2020

Blog: Good news for claimants in construction adjudication

The Inner House of the Court of Session has agreed that unenforceable parts of an adjudicator’s decision can be ‘severed off’, write solicitors Fraser Hopkins and Jilly Petrie.

Published 31 July 2020

Dan Donald: Building blocks to successfully tackle homelessness

Former Cruden Estates director Dan Donald, now a trustee for homelessness charity Simon Community Scotland, reveals how a career in construction is shaping a few of the charity’s recent successes.

Published 24 July 2020

Gary McGovern: Policy vacuum risks blowing Scotland’s net zero carbon drive off course

Scotland will struggle to reach its net zero carbon targets unless Holyrood takes a swift and stronger grip on planning policy surrounding the deployment of taller turbine models, as well as a permissive approach to repowering of first-generation onshore windfarms with the latest technology, writes Gary McGovern.

Published 24 July 2020

Chris Hughes: Digital collaboration is pushed front and centre in design development

The familiar sounds of a construction site is the background music to any city. However, the global COVID-19 pandemic has meant that, like many other projects across the United Kingdom, Edinburgh was quiet and still as site activities on the £1 billion Edinburgh St James project were suspended, for 12-weeks, with work on-site starting again in mid-June.

Published 23 July 2020

Donald Yellowley: Scotland’s golf courses face a difficult lie, but the game need not be a bogey for forward-thinking clubs

The opportunities and problems facing golf clubs through the eyes of rural property surveyor Donald Yellowley.

Published 23 July 2020

Construction and COVID-19: Managing workplace safety – an update following 100 days in lockdown

As the phased return to construction work progresses, Jon Cooper and Ashley Borthwick explain how the general tone around workplace safety compliance has changed.

Published 22 July 2020

Stewart Dalgarno: Offsite construction can become the ‘new normal’

Stewart Dalgarno on how offsite construction can play a key role in the safe return to the 'new normal'.

Published 22 July 2020

Alex Orr: Planning for the capital’s development

Alex Orr considers a key planning document being proposed for Edinburgh and what it might mean for developers.

Published 22 July 2020

Ewan MacLeod: Scottish Government proposes abolition of the presumption in favour of sustainable development

Planning lawyer Ewan MacLeod provides detail on the Scottish Government’s consultation on the future of Scottish Planning Policy and the removal of the current presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Published 21 July 2020

Scott Macphail: If we want the most from brownfield sites, we must provide the infrastructure to make it possible

Scott MacPhail on the importance of sewage systems in new housing developments.

Published 21 July 2020

Seumas Thomson: From lockdown to labourer – the COVID crisis gave me a new string to my property bow

Furloughed development assistant Seumas Thomson hopes to reap the benefits of being put back to work as a site labourer.

Published 21 July 2020

Andrew Duncan: The importance of placemaking in a post-COVID world

Lockdown has shown the particular importance of community green spaces, says Andrew Duncan.

Published 17 July 2020

Guy Marsden: COVID-19 won’t mark the death of the office but it will accelerate its rebirth

Guy Marsden discusses the future of offices, sustainability features that we need to think of, the indoor and outdoor environment and why COVID is likely to accelerate its rebirth.

Published 14 July 2020

Lauren Hazlie: Extension to the Additional Dwelling Supplement Tax reclaim period

Lauren Hazlie, property solicitor at Jones Whyte, details the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on the housing market by discussing the extension to the Additional Dwelling Supplement Tax reclaim period.

Published 13 July 2020