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COVID-19: AAB’s practical guide to steps construction businesses can take now

The COVID-19 outbreak continues to have a dramatic and unavoidable impact on Scottish businesses across the construction industry, with activity declining at the fastest pace since the financial crisis in 2009. While a considerable proportion of the construction industry has stalled all activity for the foreseeable future, there is still a need to safeguard cashflow during this period of uncertainty.

Published 14 May 2020

Simone Young: Preparation is key in reopening Scottish construction

While lockdown is in effect, construction companies should continue to maintain their operations and also focus on what they need to start putting in place to prepare to a phased return to operations, writes Simone Young.

Published 12 May 2020

Donald MacKinnon: Redundancy warning to businesses as employers consider nightmare scenario of laying off staff

Donald MacKinnon, group legal director at employment law and HR firm Law At Work, advises on the steps businesses can take to limit losing staff and lays out the considerations which must be made if employers are forced into the last resort.

Published 11 May 2020

Heads of Planning Scotland: COVID-19 and the planning system

A fall in the number of planning applications combined with the postponement of the expected fee increase in June may result in longer-term effects on the planning system, writes Heads of Planning Scotland.

Published 11 May 2020

Martin McColl: akp Scotland makes post-COVID commitment to go digital

akp Scotland director Martin McColl details his firm’s commitment to adopt digital technologies as soon as the current coronavirus restrictions are lifted.

Published 7 May 2020

Eddie Black: How do we find a way out of lockdown and get the country back to work?

Technology-driven prevention at the factory gate and office door is the best cure to keeping COVID-19 at bay and kick-starting the economy believes ECO managing director Eddie Black.

Published 5 May 2020

Chris McGhee: My time working on NHS Louisa Jordan

Chris McGhee is framework manager for Kier Regional Building Scotland and was part of the team who helped convert the Scottish Events Campus (SEC) in Glasgow into NHS Louisa Jordan. Here, Chris shares his experience on the project and how the construction industry united at a time when the country needed it. 

Published 4 May 2020

Nick Proverbs: Keeping sites going through COVID-19

Willmott Dixon’s senior operations manager Nick Proverbs explains how a combination of technology and innovation is enabling the firm to maintain social distancing at the University of Birmingham's School of Engineering.

Published 29 April 2020

Duncan Smith: How EnerPHit can be a catalyst for change

Duncan Smith draws on his experience in Scotland's social housing and construction sectors to outline the potential for post-COVID change and how EnerPHit could be a solution at scale.

Published 29 April 2020

Andy Hadden: Investing in a future where health and wellness rides along the crest of a wave

Tartan Leisure Ltd co-founder Andy Hadden discusses the latest developments in the landmark Wavegarden Scotland project and his hopes to create a place to reconnect with outdoor life with our family and friends and make our health and wellness a key priority.

Published 28 April 2020

Megan MacInnes: Shaping our futures - communities and the Right to Buy for Sustainable Development

With the Community Right to Buy for Sustainable Development coming in to place last weekend, land commissioner Megan MacInnes looks at what it means for communities and for land reform.

Published 28 April 2020

Blog: Constructive criticism for Scottish Government's business advice

COVID-19 is presenting challenges for the construction sector in many areas, but the marked differences between the approach in Scotland and England is causing significant confusion amongst UK businesses, write Angela Grahame QC and Murdo MacLeod QC.

Published 27 April 2020

Cade Wells: Why construction companies should set their sights on imaging technology

CENSIS business development manager Cade Wells takes a look at some of the imaging technologies that could help Scottish construction companies.

Published 27 April 2020

Colin Clelland: The construction industry and COVID-19 – where are we now?

Colin Clelland from Burness Paull’s construction team dissects at what the latest Scottish Government guidance means for the sector.

Published 24 April 2020