Blogs



Filip Stefanovic: Spillover effects - how the construction industry can stem water pollution at the source

Filip Stefanovic, head of engineering at Ecocoast, discusses the construction industry's obligation to protect the water in the area of construction, and how this can be done. 

Published 30 August 2021

Nick Waugh: New towns meet housing need and changing property demands 

Nick Waugh, commercial director at Buccleuch Property, which is jointly developing Shawfair, argues that new towns are best placed to adapt to residents' changing needs.

Published 24 August 2021

David Stewart: Land & Housing – Why land for housing matters

In the fifth in the Scottish Land Commission's ‘Land &’ blog series, senior policy officer David Stewart explores why land for housing matters for much more than homes – it has an impact on the economy, the environment, and the wellbeing of everyone in Scotland.

Published 24 August 2021

England: Planning system perpetuates racism

New research published by the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) based at Heriot-Watt University has found that the planning process in England is reinforcing racial inequality, despite having clear potential to support the needs of ethnic minority residents.

Published 24 August 2021

Fraud and bribery in the construction sector – another sting in the tail

Having previously identified the high risk of financial crime in the construction sector, solicitor Ramsay Hall is now joined by colleague Paul Marshall to provide an update on recent developments.

Published 20 August 2021

Chris Horsley: Construction resources crisis – guidance from Scottish Government

Construction legal expert Chris Horsley provides an insight into the measures suggested by the Scottish Government which contracting authorities may take in order to try to mitigate the current market pressures on resources.

Published 18 August 2021

Martin McKay: Regeneration companies are key to delivering on the deals signed at COP26

Regeneration companies like Clyde Gateway will be key to turning 'think globally, act locally' aspirations into action after COP26, writes Martin McKay.

Published 17 August 2021

Jonathan Moulam: Building Safety Bill misses opportunity to put safety at heart of construction

The Association for Project Safety president Jonathan Moulam has welcomed the establishment of a new building safety regulator but warned that the UK Government’s Building Safety Bill doesn’t go far enough to make the construction industry completely safe.

Published 17 August 2021

Martin O'Donnell: Creating youth-friendly opportunities in the construction sector

With students across Scotland receiving their exam results today, Martin O'Donnell from the Akela Group reveals how the construction sector can become more youth-friendly.

Published 10 August 2021

John Rodger: New cladding tax threatens housing progress

John Rodger, partner and property specialist at accountants Chiene + Tait, discusses the potential consequences of the new Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT).

Published 4 August 2021

Jamie Mulligan: Building a rewarding career in quantity surveying

Jamie Mulligan shares his journey into construction and discusses how the trainee development programme at AS Homes was crucial to helping him realise his career ambitions. He also sheds light on the major skills shortage facing the construction sector and the importance of encouraging young people to consider a career in the sector.

Published 4 August 2021

Alistair McAlinden and Stuart Dougal: Material shortages and price increases creating tensions across Scottish building and construction sector

Alistair McAlinden and Stuart Dougal from Interpath Advisory in Scotland look at how the current spike in raw material prices and labour shortages is having an impact across the sector – and in particular, how it will shape the way in which contracts will need to be negotiated or renegotiated.

Published 30 July 2021

Sandra Cassels: How can construction businesses work with their supply chains to minimise disputes?

In an exclusive piece for Scottish Construction Now, construction and engineering dispute resolution specialist Sandra Cassels covers how businesses can minimise disputes that arise through supply chain disruption in this Covid-hit landscape.

Published 29 July 2021

Brendan O'Hara and Andy Sloan: Bringing rural and island communities together with tunnels

Brendan O'Hara, MP for Argyll and Bute, and Andy Sloan FICE FRSE, managing director for COWI in the UK, explore the idea of building better rural and island links in Scotland with tunnels for connected islands.

Published 28 July 2021

Katy Wedderburn: Proposed new duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment in the workplace

Katy Wedderburn, head of MacRoberts LLP's employment team, discusses the UK Government's proposal to introduce a mandatory duty on employers to prevent sexual harassment.

Published 28 July 2021