Blogs



Sarah Stone: The practical solutions to the construction industry’s social value problems 

Following SCAPE's report in December which revealed that residents are reporting they don't see community improvements from construction work, Sarah Stone reveals what construction firms can do to not just improve the way they create social value, but do so in a way that also builds economic value for their business.

Published 22 February 2021

Andrew Richardson: How construction offices will recover the sector in 2021

Writing on behalf of storage container supplier Mobile Mini, Andrew Richardson builds the case for construction offices in 2021.

Published 17 February 2021

Simon Lewis: Government funding for unsafe cladding - who really foots the bill?

Womble Bond Dickinson partner Simon Lewis on the continuing discussion around building safety, and particularly the replacement of combustible cladding.

Published 17 February 2021

Stewart Macleod: Economic impacts of Scottish construction

Faithful+Gould director Stewart Macleod shares this article developed from a paper he and a colleague wrote looking at construction sector conditions.

Published 15 February 2021

Jennifer Campbell: For willing buyers and willing sellers, a trusted agent can arrange an off-market made in heaven

Jennifer Campbell at Baird Lumsden talks about the increasing number of off-market transactions in the rural property market.

Published 12 February 2021

Douglas Morrison: Is it time to modernise Modern Apprenticeships?

Douglas Morrison, director of operations and skills at Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), suggests it’s time to rethink the apprenticeship programmes in line with the sector’s ongoing transformation – with digital skills and sustainability becoming a growing focus.

Published 11 February 2021

Jonathan Seddon: Why are developers still being short changed on performance bonds?

Partner and head of construction law at Morton Fraser, Jonathan Seddon, returns to the subject of the use of performance bonds in the Scottish construction sector.

Published 5 February 2021

Steven Simpson: Could Scots start moving into retirement living at a younger age?

The forecasted growing demand for senior living accommodation considered against the current undersupply presents an obvious gap for developers, writes Juniper Residential director Steven Simpson.

Published 5 February 2021

Skanska: Return to office spaces will mark this year

Arkadiusz Rudzki, executive vice president of leasing & sales at Skanska commercial development business unit in CEE, believes that the pandemic has created a reality that will strengthen the trends which have existed in the industry for years. In 2021, however, developers will prepare a new offer for their customers. It will aim at responding to the hybrid working model that has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 3 February 2021

Paul Coffey: Shared spectrum is here, but ‘Scotland PLC’ needs to go further

By Paul Coffey, CEO, The Scotland 5G Centre

Published 2 February 2021

Will Scarlett: BTR moves to the ‘burbs

Will Scarlett from Scarlett Land and Development on the rise of Build to Rent (BTR) and its suburban expansion.

Published 29 January 2021

Andy Hadden: The workplace revolution – work less, play harder?

Property developer Andy Hadden discusses the future of the workplace.

Published 26 January 2021

Lisa Dromgoole: Steps construction firms can take to mitigate materials shortages

Womble Bond Dickinson managing associate, Lisa Dromgoole, on steps construction firms can take to mitigate materials shortages in light of Brexit.

Published 25 January 2021

Martin Stevens: Creating a challenge culture to deliver positive impact

As an organisation with challenge engrained in our business culture, we are used to taking ourselves out of our comfort zones, however, 2020 still packed quite a punch.

Published 22 January 2021

Begbies Traynor: Why the housing market is protected during lockdown 3.0

As mainland Scotland entered the third coronavirus lockdown under national guidelines, the housing market braced itself for another slowdown following attempts to catch up due to the four-month shut down which commenced in March 2020. To restart the housing market, encourage vendors to increase their selling appetite and push buyers to continue interacting with estate agents, special guidance and legislative changes were unveiled.

Published 22 January 2021