Blogs



Gareth Hoskins: a tribute from his team

Gareth made a difference in the way he established his company; he created a collegiate studio atmosphere, where many of the traditional cultures that bedevil architectural practice were actively discouraged. As the company grew from a tiny operation from his family’s back bedroom, to an established practice with offices in Glasgow and Berlin, he remained accessible and approachable – listening to everyone, and encouraging everyone to have an opinion. Excessive work hours were discouraged, with family life outside work supported. Simply put, he cared about his team and their families. His own family were never far from his thoughts and the gentle, fair, delightful person that he was could never be seen more clearly than when he was talking with, or about, his children, which he did often.

Published 22 January 2016

Gareth Hoskins: April 1967 - January 2016, by Sunand Prasad

Gareth Hoskins was a gifted architect, a natural leader, and a tireless ambassador for design through its power to improve our lives. He died on 9th January 2016 following a heart attack while attending a fencing match, having been an accomplished fencer himself.

Published 22 January 2016

Blog: Planning in the next Parliament: Building a successful and sustainable Scotland

RTPI Scotland planning policy & practice officer, Nikola Miller, sets out the Institute’s manifesto for the Scottish Parliamentary Elections in May 2016.

Published 20 January 2016

Blog: Time for a rethink on designing flood defences?

As northern England and many parts of Scotland count the huge cost of recent flooding, Richard Steel, technical director at independent environmental consultancy practice Atmos Consulting, asks if we need to give the way we design flood defences a fundamental rethink?

Published 8 January 2016

Blog: Busy year ahead for Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group

Tom Barclay, co-chair of the Joint Housing Policy and Delivery Group reflects on 2015 and looks ahead to the next 12 months.

Published 8 January 2016

Blog: What does 2016 hold for Scottish planning?

Craig McLaren, director of RTPI Scotland, gazes into his crystal ball to identify key planning issues in the next year.

Published 6 January 2016

Blog: 2016 is the year for the construction industry to invest

Richard Threlfall, KPMG’s head of infrastructure, building and construction, forecasts a positive outlook for the construction industry in 2016 and calls on all businesses in the sector to start to invest.

Published 24 December 2015

Blog: Making plans

Scotland's planning system is key to the success of the renewable energy sector. As the Scottish Government sifts responses to a review of the process, policy manager Stephanie Clark gives the headlines from Scottish Renewables' submission.

Published 22 December 2015

Blog: Delivering Planning Reform – Time for Change

There is no doubt that the planning system in Scotland is indeed of urgent reform.

Published 24 November 2015

Blog: Construction workers urged to stay safe near overhead power lines

Bill Cuthbert, health and safety director at SP Energy Networks, is encouraging construction workers to stop and think before they start work close to overhead power lines.

Published 28 October 2015

Blog: Drones: taking the construction industry to new heights

Construction projects are complicated, time-consuming & resource-intensive. But once complete, they are always worth it. So when technological advances reach our industry that offer the opportunity to manage large projects that little bit easier, why aren’t more people doing it?

Published 16 October 2015

Blog: Architect Malcolm Fraser on the end of his practice

Architect Malcolm Fraser reflects on the experience of having to close his practice despite producing buildings feted by colleagues and politicians.

Published 14 October 2015

Blog: CDM Co-Ordinator Deadline 6 October - Are You Ready?

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM 2015) set out what people involved in construction work need to do to protect themselves as well as others affected by the work from harm.  CDM 2015 replaced the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 and have been in force since 6 April this year.  To allow ongoing projects to adjust to the new regime, CDM 2015 provided for a transitional period to run for six months.  Those transitional arrangements end on Tuesday 6 October 2015. From next then, a principal designer must be appointed on relevant projects unless the project comes to an end before this date.

Published 6 October 2015

Blog: CDM – How are you doing and are you ready to transition?

We work with a range of businesses and schools who may be clients, contractors, principal contractors, designers or principal designers. I have been extremely impressed with how all our existing clients have adapted so quickly to the changes, and everyone can answer most questions posed to them regarding all things CDM15.

Published 2 October 2015

Blog: CDM2015 and its implications for the homeowner

The Construction (Design & Management) Regulations 2015 (CDM) came into force on 6th April 2015 and has implications for anyone organising work on their home.

Published 17 September 2015