Blogs



Opinion: Architect-designed housing can have a lasting economic benefit

Dundee’s new V&A Museum, set to open in September, is an architectural gem. The bold design has drawn worldwide acclaim and there’s no doubt this iconic building will be a huge draw for Scotland - and an elegant feather in the cap for its Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma.

Published 6 June 2018

Blog: Compromise is the key for an effective Planning (Scotland) Bill

Matthew Stimson, a senior associate in the planning team at Shoosmiths, considers the ramifications of the Stage 1 Report on the Planning (Scotland) Bill.

Published 31 May 2018

Blog: Building a positive mental health culture in your organisation

In the wake of Mental Health Awareness Week earlier this month, a new website portal has been launched which provides free resources and advice for organisations within the construction industry to help build a positive mental health culture.

Published 28 May 2018

Blog: Back to the Land?

How can we fund social infrastructure through land value capture? Prof Mark Stephens talks through some of the options from his new research.

Published 25 May 2018

Blog: Lead consultants - liable for what?

Kathleen McAnea outlines why developers should review a recent case when procuring works and considering the extent of their design consultant’s liability.

Published 23 May 2018

Blog: Construction safety: falling short

The British Safety Council looks at research showing that 65% of manual labourers haven't been given health and safety information at their workplaces, and considers the risk posed by a post-Brexit construction skills shortage combined with a growing marketplace.

Published 18 May 2018

Blog: Scottish construction businesses must be ready to ‘modernise or die’

‘Modernise or Die’ report author Mark Farmer believes that carrying on as normal is not an option for the Scottish construction sector.

Published 15 May 2018

Spotlight on mental health in the construction industry

Ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week w/c 14th May, solicitors Kara Price and Sarah Wales discuss how to tackle mental health issues in the workplace and spot the early signs.

Published 9 May 2018

Blog: Planning for infrastructure at BDA’s Glasgow seminar

John Grainger reflects on the Infrastructure Seminar held by the British Drilling Association (BDA) in Glasgow last month.

Published 9 May 2018

Blog: Back to the Future?

After attending a public-interest led development seminar hosted by the Scottish Land Commission in Glasgow last week, Keith Geddes outlines what the public sector can do to demonstrate it can deliver transformational change.

Published 3 May 2018

Blog: Isabel Garriga on being voted as next GIA President

Isabel Garriga from Holmes Miller, who was elected as the next President of the Glasgow Institute of Architects, outlines her vision for the organisation.

Published 20 April 2018

Blog: Building a sustainable future

Clare Tait, an environmental advisor at Kier, discusses her route into construction and the hugely varied role that she carries out as a woman in the sector.

Published 18 April 2018

Blog: Under the hammer - Compulsory Sale Orders explored

Scottish Land Commission policy officer, Kathie Pollard, looks at Compulsory Sale Orders.

Published 18 April 2018

Blog: Workplaces, not just homes, are the key to regeneration

Guy Marsden, director at Highbridge Properties, who are developing the Magenta site in partnership with Clyde Gateway, says developing new workplaces is equally vital to delivering new homes.

Published 17 April 2018