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Work and Pensions Committee opens investigation into Carillion collapse

Work and Pensions Committee opens investigation into Carillion collapse

The UK government’s Work and Pensions Committee has launched an investigation into the collapse of Carillion. The Committee has published an initial set of questions to The Pensions Regulator (TPR) and the pension scheme trustees on the demise of the firm with a “giant pension deficit and a mountain of debt”. The UK’s second largest construction(…)

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New Chapter architects unveil five-point plan to reform RIAS

New Chapter architects unveil five-point plan to reform RIAS

A group of Scottish architects have launched their five-point plan for the reform of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). Presented today by A New Chapter, an independent association of around 150 Scottish architects formed to galvanising support from for “a new progressive future” for the RIAS, Reform and Action aims to transform the(…)

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RBS announces £75m fund as banks rally to assist impacted SMEs in Carillion’s supply chain

RBS announces £75m fund as banks rally to assist impacted SMEs in Carillion’s supply chain

Royal Bank of Scotland has announced that it is offering a range of “flexible options” to support impacted small business customers in Carillion’s supply chain, providing payment holidays and assistance with their overdraft to help manage any short-term cashflow challenges in the wake of the construction and services giant’s demise. The bank has over £75 million(…)

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Land purchase approved for Clydebank’s District Heating Network

Land purchase approved for Clydebank’s District Heating Network

Ambitious plans to make Clydebank the “greenest town in Scotland” have taken another step forward after councillors agreed a deal to purchase land to build a District Heating Network energy centre. Councillors agreed to release £450,000 to buy the required land from Clydeside Regeneration Limited (CRL) during a meeting of West Dunbartonshire Council’s infrastructure, regeneration(…)

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Blog: Construction Act reform – potential impact on the industry

Blog: Construction Act reform – potential impact on the industry

Rebecca Barrass looks at the details of a UK government consultation reviewing changes to construction legislation.  The government is currently consulting on a proposed package of reforms to the construction provisions contained in Part 2 of the Housing Grants, Construction and Regeneration Act 1996 (“the 1996 Act”). The consultation is running in parallel with a consultation in relation to retention payments in the(…)

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Holyrood overturns decision to reject Aberdeenshire business park

Holyrood overturns decision to reject Aberdeenshire business park

An Aberdeenshire biscuit company has received approval from the Scottish Government to build a business park after the plans were rejected by the local authority. Dean’s of Huntly has now been granted planning permission in principle and will be able to construct The Ward on the outskirts of the town, adjacent to the A97 Huntly(…)

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New South Ayrshire school reaches milestone with timber frame in place

New South Ayrshire school reaches milestone with timber frame in place

Plans to transform the education of children and young people with additional support needs in Girvan and South Carrick are now well advanced. The South Ayrshire Council project to build a new Invergarven School has reached a major milestone, with the timber frame exterior now complete. Built in 1870, Invergarven is a special school for(…)

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Building Briefs – January 19th

Building Briefs – January 19th

DWP signs up to Atlantic Quay 1 Moorfield Group and Resonance Capital have secured a new letting at Atlantic Quay 1, Glasgow by signing 15-year lease with the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) on 85,000 sq. ft. This follows close on the heels of the long lease of 80,000 sq ft to the Scottish Courts(…)

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And finally… Designers offer concrete pipe solution to housing crisis

And finally… Designers offer concrete pipe solution to housing crisis

Eight foot concrete tubes could be the future of housing, at least that’s the solution to the fast growing population offered by Hong-Kong architectural studio James Law Cybertecture. OPod Tube Housing was conceived as an experimental, low cost, micro living housing unit to ease Hong Kong’s affordable housing problems. Built from low cost and readily available concrete water pipe, the(…)

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Kier Construction Scotland wins main building contract for Burrell refurbishment

Kier Construction Scotland wins main building contract for Burrell refurbishment

Glasgow City Council’s contracts and property committee has confirmed Kier Construction Scotland as the preferred bidder to deliver the Main Building Contract to take forward the Burrell Collection’s ambitious refurbishment plans. The appointment marks the next phase which will see the sensitive repair of the building envelope, renewal of the building services, creation of a(…)

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BAM considered a perfect fit for Edinburgh Airport

BAM considered a perfect fit for Edinburgh Airport

BAM Construction has been awarded a £10m contract to fit-out the new terminal extension at Edinburgh Airport. Once complete the new three storey terminal building will provide expanded domestic and international arrival facilities including baggage reclaim, border control, additional food/beverage outlets, expanded lounge space and new office accommodation at Scotland’s busiest airport. At the start(…)

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Employers urged to play their part as CITB steps in to help Carillion apprentices

Employers urged to play their part as CITB steps in to help Carillion apprentices

The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) is calling on all former Carillion apprentices to get in contact so it can help them continue their training – and for employers to step forward to take them on. The UK’s second-biggest builder, which employs 20,000 people in the UK and thousands in Scotland, entered liquidation on Monday after racking(…)

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Banks show support for SMEs affected by Carillion insolvency

Banks show support for SMEs affected by Carillion insolvency

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has called on banks to show leniency to the thousands of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Carillion’s supply chain. Finance and banking trade body UK Finance said this week that major banks are working closely with the UK government to limit the impact of the firm’s liquidation on(…)

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