Blogs



Elizabeth Leighton: Taking the green route to recovery

The Scottish Government must apply the same focus in driving a vibrant green recovery as it is doing to address the coronavirus pandemic, says Elizabeth Leighton.

Published 9 September 2020

Simon Capaldi: The office as we knew it may be dead; long live the office of the future

Simon Capaldi, office agency partner at Knight Frank Edinburgh, gives his thoughts on what businesses may want from their offices post-lockdown.

Published 7 September 2020

Sarah Stewart: Heat Networks Bill - will housebuilders warm up to it?

Sarah Stewart from Burness Paull considers the Scottish Government's Heat Networks Bill and its impact on the housing and heating industries.

Published 4 September 2020

Ian Timlin: The challenges of 'virtual mediation' as a result of COVID-19

The new process virtual mediation for construction companies may not be as effective and is also less secure unless certain measures are put in place, warns Ian Timlin.

Published 4 September 2020

Scott Macphail: Road Bonds and their impact on construction's recovery

Road Bonds are well-intentioned and have a purpose, but their levels are now starting to pose a threat to the place of construction SMEs in the recovery, argues Scott Macphail.

Published 25 August 2020

Nick Busby: Build, build, build – the art of selecting the right EPC contractor

Engineer Nick Busby considers the role EPC contracts will play in the infrastructure projects required to support Scotland's transition to net zero and sets out six points of consideration for anyone involved in selecting an EPC contractor.

Published 19 August 2020

Andrew Hill: Why offices are much more than just a workplace

Andrew Hill discusses why offices are still going to be important to businesses and staff, despite the working from home (WFH) boom.

Published 18 August 2020

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