Ashwood Scotland smashes £70m contract barrier

West Lothian-based construction company Ashwood Scotland is celebrating 15-years in business this month shortly after the completion of its 313th project.

Published 15 September 2014

Scottish success at CITB Pride of Construction Awards

A Shetland apprentice, a plasterer from East Kilbride and a construction worker from Cumnock were all given prestigious industry awards by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).

Published 15 September 2014

Student accommodation reaches completion in Glasgow’s West End

The site of a former retail store in the heart of Glasgow’s West End has been transformed into a bright, modern retail space and student residence thanks to Alumno Developments and Kier Construction.

Published 15 September 2014

Work starts on Caltongate Premier Inn and Hub hotels

Construction works are underway on Artisan Real Estate Investors’ Caltongate development at East Market Street where they are building two hotels for Whitbread PLC as part of their development site in the heart of Edinburgh's Old Town.

Published 15 September 2014

Dundee University student counts down to National Awards final

It’s countdown time for a Dundee University student who is preparing to face the judges in a national property competition, the Association of Women in Property (WiP) National Student Awards.

Published 15 September 2014

Building Briefs

Gladstone’s home bags top architecture award

Published 15 September 2014

Scotland sees 12 per cent increase in construction output

New official output figures from the Office of National Statistics have shown that Scotland had seen the greatest improvement in construction activity output in the UK as a whole.

Published 15 September 2014

Building Briefs - August 20th


Published 20 August 2014

200 new homes planned for Athletes’ Village site

Plans will be lodged next week for the second phase of housing at the Athletes’ Village, in Glasgow which could see a further 200 new homes built at the site, according to the Evening Times. A school and shops are also planned, with work due to start next year. Developer City Legacy intends to lodge a formal notice with city planners saying it wants to press ahead with the next phase of the development. The first phase involved 300 flats and houses for sale and 400 for social rented housing. It had been thought it could be years before work started on the second tranche of housing. But the first homes proved so popular with buyers that they were snapped up much quicker than expected. City Legacy is a consortium of Glasgow firms CCG, Cruden, Mactaggart & Mickel and WH Malcolm. The new development, on vacant land within the existing Village site, will also include new roads, landscaping and outdoor space. Speaking on behalf of City Legacy, Calum Murray, managing director of CCG Homes, said: “The interest in The Village before, during and after the Commonwealth Games has been overwhelming and that’s why we have taken to decision to build more homes on the site.” The decision was welcomed by Calton councillor George Redmond who said it was a vote of confidence in the area. He added: “This shows Dalmarnock is a place people want to live.” Archie Graham, the council’s Games spokesman, said: “The Athletes’ Village has already proven to be a great success. “The application to build new homes no doubt reflects the confidence developers have in Dalmarnock as an area in which to live, work and invest.”

Published 20 August 2014

Barr Construction breaks ground on new Waitrose in Milngavie

Retail specialist contractor Barr Construction has commenced construction on the site of the new Waitrose in Milngavie.

Published 20 August 2014

RICS Scotland publishes paper on implications of independence

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has produced a paper to outline the potential implications and impact that the referendum debate and further devolution of powers or independence may have on land, property and construction in Scotland. The global organisation is the principal body representing professionals employed in the land, property and construction sectors. In Scotland, the Institution represents over 11,800 members comprising chartered surveyors (MRICS or FRICS), Associate surveyors (AssocRICS), trainees and students.  Its members practise in 16 land, property and construction markets – all of which will be impacted by independence. Accordingly, RICS has produced this paper to outline the potential implications and impact that the referendum debate and further devolution of powers or independence may have on these sectors. RICS said: “On 18 September 2014, Scottish residents will go to their polling stations to decide whether Scotland should remain part of the UK. “The independence debate has seen the formation of two campaign groups – YesScotland and Better Together. As anticipated, both camps have been issuing statements and research papers advocating their respective sides of the debate, and it has become apparent that while the referendum debate has brought key issues to the fore, there are still many unanswered questions. “At this stage, it is important to note that RICS is an organisation with a Royal Charter and, therefore, a duty to protect the interests of the public. We are committed to ensuring that our members play a positive and active role in shaping the land, property and construction sectors. “As a consequence of its Royal Charter, RICS Scotland is in a unique position to provide a balanced, apolitical perspective on issues of importance to the land, property and construction sectors.” Implications of Independence and Further Devolution on Land, Property and Construction in Scotland

Published 20 August 2014

New Shetland power station approved


Published 20 August 2014

Balfour Beatty to close three offices in bid for construction turnaround

Balfour Beatty has revealed it will close three regional businesses as it hopes to be trading profitably by the end of the year.

Published 13 August 2014

Stewart Milne to step down as chief executive

Stewart Milne has announced his is stepping down as chief executive of the Aberdeen-based construction group he founded in 1975.

Published 6 August 2014