Blogs



Kevin Rush: Considerable City Deal success in 2020 and ambitious plans for 2021

Director of regional economic growth Kevin Rush highlights some key milestones and outcomes achieved by the Glasgow City Region City Deal during the past year and looks ahead to a promising 2021.

Published 5 January 2021

Ramsay Hall: FCA warning notice to Carillion for misleading messaging – a lesson for the construction industry

As the Financial Conduct Authority investigation into the 2018 Carillion case concludes with the watchdog intending to take further action against its directors, Ramsay Hall argues that the lessons for the industry as a whole is that sending out misleading messages to the market about a company's position isn't acceptable and will land businesses in hot water.

Published 22 December 2020

Bob Renton: Introducing the Competency Assessment System

Bob Renton, consultant to Local Authority Building Standards Scotland, on the development of the Competency Assessment System and plans for implementation next year.

Published 22 December 2020

Stephen Tucker: Planning is more than a vote winner

In an exclusive feature for Scottish Housing News, Stephen Tucker, Glasgow-based partner at planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore, outlines his strong opposition to the Scottish Government’s consultation on removing the presumption in favour of sustainable development.

Published 22 December 2020

Housing minister and chief planner issue end-of-year update

The minister for local government, housing and planning Kevin Stewart and chief planner John McNairney have written to stakeholders about progress and next steps for major planning workstreams including NPF4, Scottish Planning Policy, Scotland's Digital Strategy for Planning, Permitted Development Rights and implementation of the 2019 Planning Act.

Published 21 December 2020

AM Bid: 21 Public sector bid trends for 2021 – are you bid ready?

2020 has been a year like no other; so what’s in store in the world of construction sector bidding in 2021? What will be changing in our ‘new normal’? What steps can bidders take to ensure that they are prepared for the year ahead? AM Bid's Andrew Morrison and David Gray set out what they consider will be the main trends to take account of during the year ahead.

Published 18 December 2020

Stephen Good: Five construction themes for 2021 – from collaboration to supply chain resilience

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) CEO Stephen Good outlines five themes that will define construction in 2021, ranging from greater collaboration in the industry to the need for enhanced supply chain resilience.

Published 17 December 2020

Aileen Campbell: Housing vital to achieving Scotland’s climate change aspirations

Following the publication of the Scottish Government's Climate Change Plan update, communities secretary Aileen Campbell reflects on progress so far, and opportunities to build a greener future as part of Housing to 2040 plans.

Published 17 December 2020

Nick Waugh: New communities need more than lip service from developers

Shawfair LLP director Nick Waugh on the importance of community engagement when building a new town.

Published 15 December 2020

Andy Cunningham: Time to take stock and build workplaces of the future

As Grade A office stock reaches an all time low, Andy Cunningham from CBRE considers why we need to take stock and consider the workplaces of the future.

Published 8 December 2020

Leo Shand: Blending the old with the new in the building design of the first Virgin Hotel in Europe

Leo Shand explains how the use of a 3D model has helped collaborate on the new Virgin Hotel in Edinburgh.

Published 3 December 2020

Kevin Stewart: Building a planning system for the future

Minister for local government, housing & planning Kevin Stewart reflects on a big week in the world of planning in Scotland.

Published 1 December 2020

Hazel Davies: Urban or suburban – the eternal dilemma

We often think of flight to the suburbs as a modern phenomenon, but a conflict has raged for centuries between urban and suburban living. Cruden Homes’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, explores this eternal dilemma.

Published 26 November 2020

Sarah Alexander: Does omitting works under the NEC3 subcontract constitute a breach?

Sarah Alexander, senior associate at Dentons, discusses the intricacies of the NEC3 subcontract.

Published 26 November 2020

Gillian Ogilvie: Buildings engineered for the future 

In discussing conservation engineering and the work structural engineers do to repair, protect and conserve our building heritage, Gillian Ogilvie talks specifically about her own work at The Usher Hall in Edinburgh.

Published 17 November 2020