Blogs



Lucy Black: 5G can redefine the future of construction

Lucy Black from Construction Scotland Innovation Centre believes that 5G has the potential to support and accelerate efficiencies in the construction industry.

Published 1 June 2021

Kevin Reid: Meeting the challenge of green energy in new homes

Kevin Reid, chief executive of the Cruden Group, looks at meeting the challenges of using more green energy and sustainable building in new homes.

Published 25 May 2021

Hazel Davies: Designing homes for a connected future

Housebuilders have a responsibility to ensure new-build homes are future-proofed, which is challenging given the rapid evolution of digital connectivity. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, takes a closer look at the ‘Internet of Things’ and the exciting developments that lie ahead.

Published 25 May 2021

MJ O’Shaughnessy: Conserving historic buildings to create a vibrant Edinburgh

Will Rudd (Glasgow) managing director MJ O’Shaughnessy details the conservation expertise required to regenerate the historic Advocate’s Close site in Edinburgh.

Published 18 May 2021

Paul Reilly: Glasgow's West End property market has lost none of its allure

Paul Reilly, director in the Glasgow office of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, says the residential property market in the West End of Glasgow is losing none of its allure, with quick sales and rising prices.

Published 17 May 2021

Lesley McLeod: Addressing mental health in the construction industry needs greater consideration

Speaking exclusively to SCN, Lesley McLeod at the Association for Project Safety focuses on mental health issues in the construction industry. 

Published 14 May 2021

Alasdair Rankin: 'Hey Alexa - ask the lift to take me to floor 9 please!'

As workers begin to return to the workplace, Alasdair Rankin, MD at Aitken Turnbull Architects, pens this exclusive blog for SCN which asks what next for the 'normal' office?

Published 13 May 2021

Paul Hillard: We need to build better homes more quickly to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis

Paul Hillard, managing director of Irvine Housing Association, reveals why better homes are needed to tackle Scotland's housing crisis.

Published 10 May 2021

Ian Timlin: What you need to consider if your contractor goes bust

Dispute resolution specialist Ian Timlin outlines nine things to be considered if faced with contractor insolvency.

Published 10 May 2021

Shirley Evatt: Creating an environment that promotes challenge

Shirley Evatt at Will Rudd Davidson, who is the lead engineer on the project to transform the old Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh into the university's new Edinburgh Futures Institute, discusses the challenges of the project as well as her views on women in engineering.

Published 30 April 2021

Just a Minute with Bill Roddie

SCN's Just a Minute interview feature returns with Spectrum Properties managing director Bill Roddie.

Published 30 April 2021

Heat Networks: are things hotting up for housebuilders?

Heat networks have not been widely adopted in the UK due to a lack of regulation and resulting lack of consumer confidence. They also require significant upfront capital costs. As Scotland is the first nation within the UK to bring out legislation in this area, Sarah-Jane McArthur and Sarah Stewart outline the issues which need to be addressed.

Published 29 April 2021

Roddy Cormack: Who owns what on a partially built project

As the government continues to push the construction industry to move more of the building process off-site and into factories, Roddy Cormack, construction specialist at law firm Wright, Johnston & Mackenzie LLP, explores a conundrum which must be solved if the industry is to thrive in this area – who owns what on a partially built project? 

Published 28 April 2021

CMA unveils lessons learned from rolled lead cartel case

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published a case study into the lessons learned from its investigation into two of the UK’s largest suppliers of rolled lead, who broke competition law by taking part in a business cartel.

Published 27 April 2021

Hazel Davies: The value of effective marketing assets

Effective marketing materials are essential for buyers to make the biggest purchase of their lives, ideally combining digital and real-world resources. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, explores the latest initiatives.

Published 26 April 2021