Scottish Building Federation



Building federations sign up to RICS Conflict Avoidance Pledge

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) and the National Federation of Builders (NFB) have announced their support for the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) scheme aimed at rapidly resolving contractual disputes through collaborative working and early intervention. 

Published 6 July 2020

Trade bodies issue plea to Chancellor to delay red diesel plans

A collective group of construction trade bodies led by the Construction Plant-hire Association (CPA) has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak to highlight continued concerns around the Treasury’s policy to cut the rebate on red diesel for construction plant machinery.

Published 6 July 2020

Construction workers given all clear for gradual return to sites

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has signalled a return to construction work on sites in Scotland as industry moves to the next phase of its restart plan.

Published 11 June 2020

Construction sector welcomes long-awaited return to work but further clarity sought

The first tentative steps to get the construction sector in Scotland back to work have been widely supported by the industry but also met with calls for much-needed clarity of exactly what a phased return entails.

Published 22 May 2020

CICV Forum issues five-point plea to ministers to save construction sector

The collaborative organisation fighting to save the construction industry has urged the Scottish Government to adopt a five-point plan to assist contractors through the worst of the COVID-19 crisis.

Published 11 May 2020

Almost all of Scotland’s ‘forgotten’ builders have furloughed over 80% of staff

More than three-quarters of Scotland construction sector has reported a cease to all cash flow stop while 95% have furloughed at least 80% of their staff, a new survey has revealed.

Published 22 April 2020

New Scottish guidance calls for non-essential construction works to cease at once

The Scottish Government has made clear that work on construction sites should stop immediately unless it is supporting crucial work during the coronavirus pandemic.

Published 7 April 2020

Disparity of advice causing ‘two-tier’ construction system in Scotland

The Scottish Government has issued more guidance on what construction work is considered to be ‘critical’ at the moment but a leading trade body has warned of a two-tiered system due to a disparity of advice across the UK.

Published 26 March 2020

Construction bodies form coronavirus forum to call for urgent help for firms

A group of respected construction industry bodies has issued a joint call for a number of simple actions which it claims the Scottish Government could introduce immediately to help with cashflow and protect jobs against the “crippling” background of coronavirus.

Published 23 March 2020

Construction career event receives ‘overwhelming’ support

The construction and demolition industries showed their support for Scottish Apprenticeship Week yesterday by raising awareness of career opportunities at a school careers event in Glasgow. 

Published 4 March 2020

Building sector responds to General Election result

Trade bodies from across the construction sector have been reacting to the Conservatives winning an overall majority after yesterday’s UK General Election.

Published 13 December 2019

Hadden provides insight into construction at Crieff High School

Perthshire-based contractor Hadden Group hosted a Construction Industry Insight Day for pupils at Crieff High School.

Published 26 September 2019

Planning decisions ‘still taking far too long’ despite improvements

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has welcomed “encouraging” planning decision improvements but has bemoaned the amount of time taken on many applications.

Published 24 July 2019

Scottish construction employment hits two year low as industry output falls by more than £1bn

Overall performance of the Scottish construction industry deteriorated during the first quarter of 2019, recording an annual decline of more than £1 billion, according to new data.

Published 11 June 2019

Scottish Building Federation welcomes apprenticeship funding boost

The Construction Industry Training Board’s (CITB) announcement of a major boost in funding to help employers take on construction apprentices has been welcomed by the Scottish Building Federation.

Published 11 March 2019