Blogs



Blog: Apprenticeship Levy

Ahead of the introduction of the apprenticeship levy which comes into force tomorrow, director of legal services at Law At Work, Donald MacKinnon, reflects on the implications this will have on UK businesses.

Published 5 April 2017

Blog: Counting my blessings for my career in construction

Assistant quantity surveyor Ashley Dunsmore on being a woman in construction and being on Kier’s graduate trainee programme.

Published 31 March 2017

Blog: Community Right-to-Buy can offer opportunities for developers

Many housebuilders and property developers hold an unfortunate perception around the extension of Community Right-to-Buy, introduced by the Scottish Government last year.

Published 29 March 2017

Blog: Scottish land, planning and finance: addressing the self-build triple threat

The UK’s communities secretary Sajid Javid started the year with a visit to the Netherlands and Germany to look at how self- and custom-build homes can make a contribution to the enduring challenge of adequate housing delivery. This comes hot on the heels of the Scottish Government’s recent conference on the subject, and the Scottish Conservatives calls for a new ‘Grand Designs Plan’ to help councils facilitate such development north of the border. Could 2017 be the year when the UK embraces the self-build house?

Published 22 March 2017

Blog: Time to change direction? Collateral Warranties in Scottish construction projects

A client survey by law firm Burness Paull highlights the problems in practice with Collateral Warranties in construction projects. However, a solution lies on the horizon for Scottish projects in the form of a new Contract (Third Party Rights) (Scotland) Bill.

Published 14 March 2017

Blog: Maximising the value of apprenticeships

Growing young talent is not just a policy agenda, it is a necessity for Scotland’s economy, writes Laura Peacock from Investors in People Scotland.

Published 6 March 2017

Blog: Cementing Queensferry Crossing’s place in history

The Queensferry Crossing is set to become the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world upon its completion in May 2017, writes Ronnie Turner, infrastructure manager at global building product manufacturer, Sika.

Published 28 February 2017

Blog: Planning decisions are taking longer – What can developers do to address this?

By Dr Mikael Forup, technical director of ecology at Atmos Consulting.

Published 20 February 2017

Update: Sheriff Appeal Court considers ‘intention’ in payment notices

The requirements of a valid payment notice issued under a construction contract were considered in a previous update: “A Payment Notice? Be Clear?” with reference to the case of Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust v Logan Construction (South East) Ltd (“Surrey and Sussex”) a decision of the English High Court. In the week following this decision the Scottish Sheriff Appeal Court was similarly tasked with determining the validity of payment notices in Trilogy Services Scotland Limited v Windsor Residential (“Trilogy”). This update from David Wilson and Rebecca Barrass from MacRoberts considers the approach taken in Trilogy and the impact the differing decision will have on the validity of payment notices issued under construction contracts. 

Published 17 February 2017

Blog: Master-planning and future-proofing: making the transition to a low carbon city

As it looks ahead to the Scottish Renewables Low Carbon Cities Conference in Edinburgh next week, the Scottish Cities Alliance said an 'Infrastructure-first approach' to energy developments is crucial.

Published 16 February 2017

Blog: Satellite business districts turn up the heat as city centre speculative commercial buildings remain frozen

Ian Manson of Clyde Gateway on breaking the chronic office space conundrum.

Published 15 February 2017

Update: Scottish Government consults on unconventional oil and gas development

The Scottish Government is consulting on the future of unconventional oil and gas development in Scotland, writes MacRoberts' Keith Campbell.

Published 14 February 2017

Blog: Rising to the challenges and seizing the opportunities in active asset management

Experienced housing practitioner Jim Rooney has been working in asset management for the past 25 years and this year will chair HouseMark Scotland’s new Active Asset Management Specialist Club. He considers the main challenges currently facing registered social landlords in asset management and the key ingredients for success.

Published 10 February 2017

Blog: Planning: power to the people?

We need a Scottish planning system which will inspire, empower and deliver for the future, writes Gavin Mowat from Scottish Land & Estates.

Published 9 February 2017

Blog: Caution will not deliver the homes Scotland desperately needs

Gillespie Macandrew’s housebuilding expert Harry Smith says now is not the time for Scotland’s housebuilders to be cautious.

Published 8 February 2017