Scottish Building Federation



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

Scottish Building Federation voices alarm as investor snub Kier’s £250m rights issue

Bank underwriters have been forced to buy shares in Kier Group after just over a third of the firm’s £250 million rights issue was taken up by investors.

Published 20 December 2018

Concerns raised as Scottish construction industry sheds 5,000 jobs and £1.5bn in output

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has voiced concerns about the future outlook for the Scottish construction industry as latest figures show employment in the sector fell by 5,000 in the third quarter of the year and output has dropped by £1.5 billion year-on-year.

Published 12 December 2018

Confidence among Scottish builders slips again amidst concern over rising labour costs

Confidence in the Scottish construction sector has fallen with employers expressing growing concerns about the potential impact of Brexit on industry labour costs.

Published 30 April 2018

Working group formed to ensure long-term future for housebuilding skills

The Scottish Government is to work with key stakeholders to ensure the right skills are available for housing and construction developments.

Published 26 April 2018

Builders’ conference will explore ‘how to survive and thrive’ in 2018

Figures from across the sector will have a unique opportunity to debate how to survive and thrive in Scotland’s rapidly changing construction industry as trade association the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) meets for its annual conference, taking place in Glasgow this week.

Published 12 March 2018

New association launched to ‘fight the corner’ of Scotland’s £150m demolition sector

A new industry association has been launched to represent the interests of Scotland’s specialist demolition contractors and to make the most of future opportunities for employment and growth in the Scottish demolition industry.

Published 8 February 2018

Time to ensure action on retentions, say construction leaders

Construction trade federations across the UK are continuing their push for action on cash retentions.

Published 1 February 2018

‘Procurement lessons must be learned’ after Carillion demise

Trade bodies and unions have called on both the UK and Scottish governments to ensure that appropriate lessons are learned for future decisions on the procurement of large scale construction projects following the collapse on the UK’s second biggest construction firm.

Published 15 January 2018

Procurement reform needed to deliver affordable housing target, say builders

The Scottish Government is unlikely to meet its target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021 without reforms to housing procurement, according to a survey of Scotland’s building companies.

Published 19 December 2017

‘Ugly affordable housing’ in rural Scotland is damaging tourism, says architecture academic

Ugly affordable housing in rural Scotland is damaging tourism, according to a professor of architecture at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Published 1 November 2017