Blogs



Blog: Beyond the Waterfront

As the £1 billion development of Dundee’s Waterfront area continues, Derek Petrie, a property expert at law firm Lindsays, wants to shine the spotlight on the regeneration taking place throughout the rest of the city and the wider region.

Published 7 February 2017

Blog: Mental health: Enough is enough

I read an article in Construction News recently and it contained a statistic that stopped me in my tracks.

Published 31 January 2017

Blog: Finding the holes in the profitability bucket

By John Forster, group chairman, Forster Group

Published 31 January 2017

Blog: The Parliamentary debate on planning – a constructive discussion

Craig McLaren, director of RTPI Scotland, outlines his take on the planning debate in Parliament yesterday. 

Published 27 January 2017

Blog: Mixed picture for construction in 2017 and 2018 due to impact of uncertainty

Steven Todd from EQ Chartered Accountants discusses the impact of uncertainty within the construction sector.

Published 17 January 2017

Blog: Four priorities for 2017 to help Scottish construction SMEs & stop wasting money

The Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group in Scotland has set four key procurement and project management priorities for 2017 to ensure the Scottish construction small firms remain productive, sustainable and efficient.

Published 10 January 2017

Blog: My planning manifesto for 2017

RTPI Scotland convenor Stefano Smith sets out his plans for 2017

Published 9 January 2017

Blog: 5 important things that happened in Scottish planning in 2016

RTPI Scotland director Craig McLaren looks back at the important things that have happened in Scottish planning in 2016

Published 4 January 2017

Blog: 2017 will be a year of feast and famine for the construction sector

Richard Threlfall from KPMG forecasts that 2017 will be a year of feast and famine for the UK construction industry.

Published 22 December 2016

Blog: Strategic thinking will help us build for future

The City of Edinburgh Council’s new Local Development Plan provides a clear framework to manage the capital's growth, says Councillor Ian Perry.

Published 22 December 2016

Blog: Hitting the ground running - From my first policy board to an increase in Scottish planning fees

Paul Curran details a week which was marked by his first time heading up the Scottish Property Federation policy board and also a significant announcement from the Scottish Government on planning fees.

Published 14 December 2016

Blog: Performance Bonds and the Free Lunch

Roddy Cormack asks whether performance bonds could mean that it is possible to have a risk free construction project.

Published 12 December 2016

Blog: Five shared priorities for planning in Scotland

Prior to the highly anticipated Planning Bill White Paper, RICS in Scotland has worked with ICE and RTPI to devise five shared priorities for planning in Scotland, writes Hew Edgar.

Published 8 December 2016

Blog: Four ways the construction industry should modernise by 2027

Over the next 10 years, the UK’s construction industry could see a 25 per cent decline in available workforce. That represents uncharted territory, according to a report by Cast Consultancy’s CEO and founder, Mark Farmer. Commissioned by the Construction Leadership Council, the report, ‘Modernise or Die’, identifies solutions to fix the UK’s looming and cavernous skills gap. If the UK construction industry does not modernise to meet developing needs, the Farmer report estimates that industry symptoms will only worsen within the next decade and the decline will become irreversible.

Published 6 December 2016

Blog: Call-in by Scottish Ministers

Why do Ministers call-in planning cases? Does it make any difference to outcomes? Neil Collar from Brodies discusses.

Published 1 December 2016