Matt Wheelis: Building bridges, not fences

Matt Wheelis, VP industry strategy at the build & construct division of the Nemetschek Group, discusses the importance of open standards for the construction industry.

Published 26 February 2021

Hazel Davies: A splash of colour can be the ultimate mood booster for our homes

Cruden Homes' sales and marketing director Hazel Davies explains the psychology of colour and the effect that has on our home and why, particularly in lockdown, we could benefit from introducing a bit of colour into our home to enhance our mood and wellbeing.

Published 26 February 2021

Rosie Gollan: Building and fire safety regulation post-Grenfell

Rosie Gollan, an Edinburgh-based solicitor at law firm Womble Bond Dickinson, looks at the Building Safety Bill and its implications in Scotland.

Published 24 February 2021

Stuart MacPherson: VAT changes in the construction industry

Stuart MacPherson, senior business services manager at Aberdeen-based chartered accountancy firm Meston Reid & Co, gives advice on VAT changes in the construction industry.

Published 23 February 2021

Hazel Davies: How tomorrow’s homes will incorporate green energy solutions

Growing awareness of environmental issues will encourage builders and developers to make new homes ever greener in the coming years and decades. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, identifies four main areas by which tomorrow’s homes will reduce their environmental footprint through innovative green energy solutions.

Published 22 February 2021

Sarah Stone: The practical solutions to the construction industry’s social value problems 

Following SCAPE's report in December which revealed that residents are reporting they don't see community improvements from construction work, Sarah Stone reveals what construction firms can do to not just improve the way they create social value, but do so in a way that also builds economic value for their business.

Published 22 February 2021

Andrew Richardson: How construction offices will recover the sector in 2021

Writing on behalf of storage container supplier Mobile Mini, Andrew Richardson builds the case for construction offices in 2021.

Published 17 February 2021

Simon Lewis: Government funding for unsafe cladding - who really foots the bill?

Womble Bond Dickinson partner Simon Lewis on the continuing discussion around building safety, and particularly the replacement of combustible cladding.

Published 17 February 2021

Stewart Macleod: Economic impacts of Scottish construction

Faithful+Gould director Stewart Macleod shares this article developed from a paper he and a colleague wrote looking at construction sector conditions.

Published 15 February 2021

Jennifer Campbell: For willing buyers and willing sellers, a trusted agent can arrange an off-market made in heaven

Jennifer Campbell at Baird Lumsden talks about the increasing number of off-market transactions in the rural property market.

Published 12 February 2021

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