Kate Primrose: Acceleration Agreements – can the construction sector accelerate out of lockdown?

Coronavirus has caused significant delay to numerous projects across the UK. But what if it is critical that a project still completes by a specified date such as a school or student accommodation? As steps are made to move out of lockdown, parties may seek to accelerate works.

Published 9 June 2020

Craig Whelton: Scotland and the ‘tilted balance’ in planning decisions

On June 3, the Court of Session handed down a landmark judgment in the case of Gladman Developments Limited v Scottish Ministers in which it upheld the use of the ‘tilted balance’ in cases where there is a shortfall in the housing land supply. Burges Salmon’s Scottish planning and compulsory purchase team, led by partner Craig Whelton with support from associate Lynsey Reid, acted for Gladman.

Published 9 June 2020

David Shearer: Easing out of lockdown - why we must all play by the rules

HFD Construction managing director David Shearer gives his take on coming out of lockdown and some of the Phase 1 steps.

Published 8 June 2020

Gordon King: Scotland’s energy is still there. Once it is unleashed, we will be back on track again

Rural property valuer Gordon King offers his thoughts on Scotland’s post-lockdown energy potential.

Published 2 June 2020

John Jameson: COVID-19 and the risk of Legionella

John Jameson outlines a COVID-19 issue which many people may not have factored; the risk of Legionella created by stagnant water apparatus and cooling systems which have been largely redundant for over two months.

Published 29 May 2020

Laura McCorquodale: Construction getting back to work safely as lockdown begins to ease

As the Scottish Government prepares to update its COVID-19 construction sector guidance, Laura McCorquodale details the industry’s six-phase plan to resume work.

Published 28 May 2020

Christine Worthington: Safe workplace planning is key priority for Scottish construction

CMS partner and construction specialist Christine Worthington outlines how construction employers can make their workplaces safe for employees once restrictions are lifted.

Published 28 May 2020

Alan Gordon: Riding the leadership learning curve

DM Hall senior partner, Alan Gordon, talks about the challenges of leadership during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 28 May 2020

Stuart Harrow: When the roads fall silent, we can’t avoid the fact that it’s time for a major re-think

East Kilbride-based engineer Stuart Harrow details how COVID-19 could have an impact on transport planning and road infrastructure in the future.

Published 27 May 2020

Hazel Davies: How open-plan living became the norm

The current vogue for open-plan living has been with us for a while and shows no sign of diminishing through familiarity. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, explores the background to what has become a cornerstone in residential property design.

Published 27 May 2020

Hew Edgar: Scottish route map good for construction but housing market fears remain

RICS head of UK government relations and city strategy Hew Edgar urges the Scottish Government to raise more awareness of the six-phase return plan for construction and issue clearer guidance with regard to the housing market.

Published 26 May 2020

Tom Marshall: When is a factor not a factor?

The recent decision of the Inner House in Proven Properties (Scotland) Limited, reported in Scottish Construction Now on May 15, raises questions about the effectiveness, or at least the scope, of the Property Factors (Scotland) Act 2011, writes Tom Marshall.

Published 21 May 2020

Ainslie McCrone: Why our homes are still our – virtual - castles

Briar Homes marketing manager Ainslie McCrone on managing buyer interest as the housebuilding sector awaits the easing of lockdown restrictions.

Published 19 May 2020

Roddy Cormack: The return to work of construction designers

Roddy Cormack, accredited specialist in construction law and legal director at Scottish law firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, explores the role of designers in the return to operations for the construction industry in the new COVID normal.

Published 19 May 2020

Bill Hill: Mental Health Awareness Week should be cancelled

Lighthouse Club CEO Bill Hill has his say on mental health in the construction industry in response to the recent CIOB survey.

Published 18 May 2020