Exclusive: Scottish construction hit by unprecedented perfect storm of soaring costs, material shortages and lack of labour
Scotland’s construction-led economic recovery is threatened by a combination of sharply rising prices, disrupted supply chains and a chronic shortage of labour as the consequences of a no-deal Brexit coupled with the impact of the Covid pandemic.
Published 4 May 2021
The first three months of 2021 saw enquiries with local building firms across the UK increase at their fastest rate in a decade, fuelling significant difficulties with construction material shortages, according to new data from the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland.
Published 4 May 2021
The next government must reform the planning system so that more new homes are built by SME house builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders (FMB) Scotland following the launch of its Programme for Government today.
Published 16 April 2021
The Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV Forum) has welcomed a call by housing minister Kevin Stewart for the reduction of VAT on repairs and maintenance.
Published 23 March 2021
The construction industry will require the equivalent of 22,500 new roles to be created by 2028 to ensure the Scottish Government’s commitment to achieving Net Zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045 is on track, according to a new report by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) today.
Published 15 March 2021
Cooperation and collaboration, greater worker welfare and a top-to-bottom revolution of the construction sector are all top of the Christmas wish-list for members of the Construction Industry Coronavirus Forum (CICV Forum).
Published 17 December 2020
FMB Scotland has urged the Scottish Government to unlock a pipeline of future work to safeguard skills, experience and jobs in the local building sector following a significant decrease in workload and enquiries.
Published 30 June 2020
Scotland’s contractors have been instructed to follow physical distancing and strict health & safety guidelines as the industry took its first steps out of lockdown today.
Published 29 May 2020
FMB Scotland has added its voice to the growing list of industry calls for an easing of the lockdown restrictions in Scotland
Published 30 April 2020
An increased allocation of funding for affordable homes and energy efficiency from yesterday’s draft Scottish budget has been welcomed, though the Scottish Government “missed an opportunity” to set out how they will invest in Scotland’s builders.
Published 7 February 2020
Workloads for small building companies in Scotland fell in the final quarter of 2019 with the political uncertainty in the period up to the General Election having a marked effect, according to the Federation of Master Builders Scotland (FMB Scotland).
Published 30 January 2020
FMB Scotland has hailed the resilience of Scotland’s small to medium-sized (SME) construction companies after new figures revealed that firms remained busy in the face of continued uncertainty.
Published 30 October 2019
Montrose building firm MCK Construction Ltd has beaten hundreds of builders across the UK to scoop the overall Master Builder award in the prestigious Federation of Master Builders’ (FMB) Master Builder Awards 2019.
Published 25 September 2019
Scotland’s SME construction sector appeared to buck the trend in the second quarter of this year as the wider UK industry reorganised its workforce in preparation for a potential downturn.
Published 31 July 2019
Bridge of Allan-based Kevin Wilson Joiners & Building Contractors has spoken of its “delight” after the firm won a top industry award following the renovation of an iconic Stirling tennis pavilion.
Published 10 June 2019