Blogs



Douglas Morrison: Is it time to modernise Modern Apprenticeships?

Douglas Morrison, director of operations and skills at Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), suggests it’s time to rethink the apprenticeship programmes in line with the sector’s ongoing transformation – with digital skills and sustainability becoming a growing focus.

Published 11 February 2021

Jonathan Seddon: Why are developers still being short changed on performance bonds?

Partner and head of construction law at Morton Fraser, Jonathan Seddon, returns to the subject of the use of performance bonds in the Scottish construction sector.

Published 5 February 2021

Steven Simpson: Could Scots start moving into retirement living at a younger age?

The forecasted growing demand for senior living accommodation considered against the current undersupply presents an obvious gap for developers, writes Juniper Residential director Steven Simpson.

Published 5 February 2021

Skanska: Return to office spaces will mark this year

Arkadiusz Rudzki, executive vice president of leasing & sales at Skanska commercial development business unit in CEE, believes that the pandemic has created a reality that will strengthen the trends which have existed in the industry for years. In 2021, however, developers will prepare a new offer for their customers. It will aim at responding to the hybrid working model that has emerged during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 3 February 2021

Paul Coffey: Shared spectrum is here, but ‘Scotland PLC’ needs to go further

By Paul Coffey, CEO, The Scotland 5G Centre

Published 2 February 2021

Will Scarlett: BTR moves to the ‘burbs

Will Scarlett from Scarlett Land and Development on the rise of Build to Rent (BTR) and its suburban expansion.

Published 29 January 2021

Andy Hadden: The workplace revolution – work less, play harder?

Property developer Andy Hadden discusses the future of the workplace.

Published 26 January 2021

Lisa Dromgoole: Steps construction firms can take to mitigate materials shortages

Womble Bond Dickinson managing associate, Lisa Dromgoole, on steps construction firms can take to mitigate materials shortages in light of Brexit.

Published 25 January 2021

Martin Stevens: Creating a challenge culture to deliver positive impact

As an organisation with challenge engrained in our business culture, we are used to taking ourselves out of our comfort zones, however, 2020 still packed quite a punch.

Published 22 January 2021

Begbies Traynor: Why the housing market is protected during lockdown 3.0

As mainland Scotland entered the third coronavirus lockdown under national guidelines, the housing market braced itself for another slowdown following attempts to catch up due to the four-month shut down which commenced in March 2020. To restart the housing market, encourage vendors to increase their selling appetite and push buyers to continue interacting with estate agents, special guidance and legislative changes were unveiled.

Published 22 January 2021

Improved fire safety for new flats and social homes – dissemination events

The Scottish Government's Building Standards Division on the latest changes to sprinkler regulations.

Published 21 January 2021

Eric Curran: The cladding issue must be addressed immediately

DM Hall Chartered Surveyors partner Eric Curran on the need for immediate action to rectify the UK's cladding crisis.

Published 19 January 2021

Sam Hart: Seeing the wood for the trees - how timber can help Scotland deliver sustainability

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) innovation manager Sam Hart on the natural resource that could help Scotland achieve its carbon targets.

Published 14 January 2021

Stacey Cassidy: Development of modular a key step on the road towards sustainable housing

Stacey Cassidy on modular housing in Scotland and its role in creating a more sustainable housing sector.

Published 14 January 2021

Womble Bond Dickinson: Navigating delay and disruption – and a ‘groundswell of disputes’ – must be top priority for construction sector in 2021

Against a backdrop of continued uncertainty due to the ongoing impact of the coronavirus pandemic, and as the UK continues its journey as the first ever nation to exit the European Union, collaboration will continue to be key as the construction industry prepares itself for months of delay and disruption – with an expected rise in disputes being the most imminent threat, according to construction law specialists at Womble Bond Dickinson (WBD).

Published 13 January 2021