Blogs



Blog: The future of social housing design and build in Scotland is all about virtual reality

Euan Revell, senior architectural designer at planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore in Edinburgh, says today all eyes are on digital design.

Published 18 September 2017

Blog: Top tips for future-proofing your business

Succession planning was always a hot topic when markets were buoyant and businesses were optimistic. However, the recession meant many owners put this forward planning on hold, even in the construction sector, which boasts a high number of owner-managed and family businesses.

Published 15 September 2017

Just a Minute with James Gibb residential factors MD Nic Mayall

The latest participant in the Just a Minute feature by our sister publication Scottish Housing News is Nic Mayall, managing director of James Gibb residential factors, which has offices in Edinburgh, Glasgow and Aberdeen and manages 24,000 properties throughout Scotland.

Published 14 September 2017

Blog: New Innovation Factory can help industry do things better

Chris Shaw, associate development director of regeneration company Urban Splash, provides his view on Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s newly launched Innovation Factory.

Published 12 September 2017

Blog: Build to Rent could plug housing shortfall

Scotland’s housing shortfall could be plugged by Build to Rent homes but opportunities as well as threats exist for the sector, says Dr John Boyle.

Published 5 September 2017

Blog: Rising costs and skills shortages expected to weaken construction industry outlook

Increased building material prices and a shortage of labourers can flatten the Scottish Government’s laudable building ambitions, says Andrew McFarlane.

Published 1 September 2017

Blog: How can in-town shopping centres survive and thrive?

Planning expert Chris Miller on the challenges and opportunities facing town-centre shopping centres.

Published 31 August 2017

Blog: Why City Deals shouldn’t overlook placemaking

The Edinburgh Region has recently signed a City Deal that has sadly missed the mark when it comes to Placemaking, writes Castle Rock Edinvar Housing Association managing director Richard Jennings.

Published 28 August 2017

Blog: Cracking the student accommodation construction cost conundrum

Is affordability the biggest challenge facing the purpose built student accommodation (PBSA) market at the moment? If it is, then it is also the biggest opportunity, writes Jonathan Seddon.

Published 15 August 2017

Blog: Will Grenfell be a game changer for housing, bidding and contract management?

The social housing sector must make changes across all its platforms, says Andrew Morrison.

Published 15 August 2017

Blog: Will the Scottish Government respond positively to support Scotland’s build-to-rent sector?

By Scottish Property Federation director David Melhuish

Published 10 August 2017

Blog: Statutory notices and duties of solicitors - the £600,000 Blandfield bill

Gillian Craig looks at the risk attaching to ownership in an imperfect registration system.

Published 4 August 2017

Blog: Building design must be considered to fully support those with dementia

Architects, contractors and building commissioners must consider the design of new buildings if Scotland is to fully support those with dementia, writes Lesley Palmer.

Published 2 August 2017

Case review: Did you mean to give notice?

Law firm Shepherd and Wedderburn outlines that a recent case demonstrates that a payee to a construction contract may not always require to show that it was their intention to give notice under the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 when serving a payment notice.

Published 31 July 2017

Blog: Evolving Edinburgh – how has the capital changed since 2007?

GVA’s Keith Aitken on how Edinburgh’s commercial property makeup has changed since he took up his current role ten years ago.

Published 24 July 2017