Building Briefs – October 10th

Wind farms with potential to power 1.4 million homes given green light

Published 10 October 2014

Swinney’s budget promises £4.5bn of infrastructure investment

Finance secretary John Swinney delivered a budget yesterday which pledged to provide £4.5 billion of infrastructure investment in 2015-16.

Published 10 October 2014

Muir Group announces improved land positions as it declares year of solid results

The Fife based Muir Group has continued its steady advance with another year of solid results and improved land positions.

Published 10 October 2014

Scottish construction sector displays ‘cautious optimism’ despite fall in output

The UK construction industry has witnessed the first year-on-year contraction in output since May 2013 following a sharp dip in August, according to new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).

Published 10 October 2014

Joiner loses £25,000 damages claim following fall from stepladder

A joiner who was injured at work when he fell off what he claimed was a faulty stepladder has had an action for £25,000 damages refused, after a judge in the Court of Session ruled that he failed to prove that the ladder was defective.

Published 10 October 2014

South Lanarkshire homes in line for major energy efficiency improvements

Keepmoat has won a further £10.9 million sustainability contract with South Lanarkshire Council which will benefit a number of local communities through major energy efficiency improvements to people’s homes.

Published 10 October 2014

Offsite construction companies take new approach to tackling skills shortages

Five employer-led project groups in the UK offsite construction industry, including one from Edinburgh Napier University, are coming together to look at innovative ways to tackle current skills shortages.

Published 9 October 2014

20 tradespeople die every week from asbestos

An average of twenty tradespeople die every week from asbestos related diseases, according to a new survey commissioned by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE).

Published 9 October 2014

£107m Marischal Square development given green light

Plans have been approved for the redevelopment of the site of the former Aberdeen City Council headquarters.

Published 9 October 2014

Building Briefs – October 9th

University of Glasgow to divest £18m from fossil fuel industry

Published 9 October 2014

Scottish housing market stalls in September, say surveyors

Demand dropped to lowest level since January 2013 during September, as referendum uncertainty hit Scottish market, the latest report from RICS Scotland has revealed.

Published 9 October 2014

Breedon makes south-west Scotland expansion with £21m Barr Quarries acquisition

Scottish construction group Barr Holdings Limited has agreed to sell its quarry business to Breedon Aggregates, the UK’s largest independent aggregates business, for £20.8 million in cash.

Published 9 October 2014

New deal will see billions invested into Scotland’s rail services

New trains, revamped stations and superior facilities are on the horizon following the announcement of plans to overhaul the ScotRail franchise.

Published 8 October 2014