Blogs



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

Iain Young: How can the COVID-19 pandemic affect a company’s ability to make key decisions?

Iain Young comments on the importance for companies of reviewing their articles of association at this time.

Published 23 April 2020

Douglas Morrison: Taking future construction skills offsite

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s Offsite Ready programme aims to build the UK’s capacity in the skills that will be vital to the future of construction, explains Douglas Morrison.

Published 21 April 2020

Ross Taylor: The potential consequences of communicating through post

Construction law expert Ross Taylor has called on businesses to come together and stick to digital communication as he believes the special status given in commercial contracts to notices serviced by post could be exploited during lockdown.

Published 17 April 2020

Gerald Kelly: Enough - construction needs to get back to work

With cash flow fast becoming a crippling issue with construction companies, general manager of the Confederation of Construction Specialists, Gerald Kelly, promotes the idea that the construction industry should go back to work.

Published 16 April 2020