Blogs



Blog: Data Protection: Information Security and the Construction Industry

Earlier this month, the construction company known as Construction Materials Online Limited was fined £55,000 by the Information Commission’s Office for breaching the laws on data protection and information security. Valerie Surgenor from MacRoberts discusses the case.

Published 24 May 2017

Blog: Construction is not just about getting your hands dirty

Pauline McCabe of Kier Construction gives her account of being a woman in construction, the path she took to getting there and her views on getting more women to consider a career in this sector.

Published 24 May 2017

Blog: The ‘brickie visa’ won’t solve the talent crisis in UK construction

Kelly Boorman, head of construction at RSM, on some possible ways to address the skills gap in UK construction.

Published 23 May 2017

Blog: Managing the power of a PM under nec 3 contracts without 'death by Z clause'

Euan Pirie from Harper Macleod discusses the limited "checks and balances" applied to project managers (PM) under nec 3 contracts.   

Published 22 May 2017

Blog: Independent building firms hitting a wall when it comes to council contract awards

By Martin Peat, Director, Richardson & Peat

Published 18 May 2017

Blog: Buy-to-let pain for long-term gain

By David Alexander, managing director at DJ Alexander

Published 18 May 2017

Blog: Should an adjudicator disclose knowledge of related cases?

The 2016 case of Beumer revolved around a major construction project at Gatwick Airport and provides clarity on whether an adjudicator should, during an adjudication, disclose to the parties that he or she is also acting as an adjudicator in a separate adjudication involving one of the parties, writes Alistair Dean at Anderson Strathern.

Published 9 May 2017

Blog: Investment confidence in Scotland remains strong

GVA’s Stuart Agnew says investor confidence in commercial property in Scotland has been impressive so far this year despite ongoing political uncertainty.

Published 5 May 2017

Blog: Creating ‘oven-ready’ sites can unlock the value in Scottish council land assets

By Conor Leyden, managing director of The LK Group

Published 4 May 2017

Blog: Five steps to make children’s rights a reality in the Scottish planning system

The Scottish planning system is soon to undergo reform following an independent review. The proposals under discussion suggest an increasing recognition that children are often excluded from considerations of place. Here, Dr Jenny Wood identifies five ways Scottish Government can improve children’s participation in the planning process, and the environments it shapes and manages.

Published 3 May 2017

Blog: Industry deflated over increase in planning fees

Burness Paull’s senior associate Theresa Hunt believes the construction industry will be disappointed with the Scottish Government’s plans to introduce increased planning fees.

Published 2 May 2017

Blog: Why the construction industry needs to embrace diversity

Matthew Goff, director of UK operations at Actavo | Building Solutions, explains why having a diverse workforce can achieve better results across the business.

Published 21 April 2017

Blog: Planning regulations in Scotland need to be stirred, not shaken

Richard Slipper of GVA on why Scotland’s new planning system should blend the best of the old with the new.

Published 18 April 2017

Blog: New planning system needs to deliver for developers and local communities

Government relations manager Mandy Catterall gives the Scottish Property Federation’s take on the coming changes in the planning system.

Published 13 April 2017

Blog: The future of the Scottish planning system

Scotland needs a planning system which nurtures growth and unlocks the potential of our people and places according to the Scottish Government. So what can we, or should we, expect from the draft planning bill which is expected to be introduced in the autumn, asks Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie’s Nicola Martin.

Published 12 April 2017