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Glasgow Prestwick Airport outlines future development plans

Glasgow Prestwick spaceport concept

A programme of development at Glasgow Prestwick Airport, including plans to become a spaceport, have been set out as part of a long-term strategic vision for the business.

The 53-page report details how recent spending on keeping the airport operational has resulted in a maintenance backlog in certain areas and highlighted that there are some critical items of equipment which need replacement.

A structured capital plan has been developed that will address much of the infrastructure backlog issues over the next few years including front of terminal improvements; a new and improved customer service desk; a redeveloped and expanded duty free store and additional repositioning projects.

The report reveals that work on the plan has already begun as it has resurfaced the airfield’s pavements, replaced runway lighting and installed a new passenger lift as well as a new state-of-the-art security x-ray machine.

The airport also plans a bid to become a UK spaceport after being named as one of the 8 locations under consideration by the UK Government.

The criteria identified which will make a suitable location for the spaceport includes an existing runway which is, or is capable of being extended to, over 3000 metres in length; the ability to accommodate dedicated segregated airspace to manage spaceflights safely and a coastal location to enable over sea take-off trajectories and the avoidance of overflight of densely populated areas.

It is anticipated that bid submissions from the interested airports will be submitted by April 2015 with the UK Government’s ambition for the spaceport to open in 2018.

The report has also identified “a significant need” to refurbish the rail station and skywalk connecting it to the airport, with initial estimates of this being up to £4.75 million while work has commenced on a new 2 bay hangar facility at the airport with operations scheduled to commence in January 2016.

Glasgow Prestwick chief executive, Iain Cochrane, said: “Our long-term vision for Glasgow Prestwick, which is shared by the Scottish Government, is of a high-quality, exceptional value and vibrant aviation, aerospace and visitor hub. We aim to ensure that it becomes the busy and prosperous strategic anchor for economic growth and delivery in Ayrshire and Scotland that we strongly believe it can be.

“The document outlines the plans for investment, development and the optimum operating structure required to take the airport forward to achieve this long-term vision.”

Mr Cochrane said the hi-tech Spaceport project presented Prestwick with another significant opportunity.

He added: “We are currently under consideration to become Britain’s first Spaceport. We satisfy – and in some cases exceed – all the essential criteria such as infrastructure, weather and airspace, and securing Spaceport status would be the catalyst for transformational change at the airport.

“It will also bring significant economic benefits to both Ayrshire and Scotland. Our team is therefore firmly focused on winning the bid.”

Scotland’s deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “We want Glasgow Prestwick Airport to become the successful and vibrant airport we know it can be and the publication of this Strategic Vision document is the next stage in that journey.

“Glasgow Prestwick Airport is a public corporation operating on a commercial basis and at arm’s length from the Scottish Government.

“The management team has built on the work of the Senior Advisor and this document outlines their investment and business development plans, as well as the operating structure that is being put in place to take the airport forward.

“We have been clear from the start of this process that there is no quick fix for the airport but there are opportunities to improve in all areas of the business, from increasing passenger and freight traffic to putting forward a bid for the UK Spaceport programme.

“We are confident there is a place for Glasgow Prestwick Airport in the evolving Scottish aviation market and look forward to seeing it grow and develop in the future.”

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Lakehouse appoints new chief executive following Scottish acquisition

Simon Howell, Michael M ... ane, Jeremy Simpson

Simon Howell, Michael McMahon, Stuart Black, Sean Birrane and Jeremy Simpson

Asset and energy support services provider Lakehouse has appointed Sean Birrane as its new chief executive amid a wider senior management reshuffle and new boardroom hires.

The moves follow a period of strong growth and a series of strategic acquisitions, including air and water hygiene specialist H2O Nationwide in October 2014 and Scottish energy services group Everwarm in April 2014.

Sean was previously managing director at Lakehouse, a role he has held since 2008. Having started his career with Lakehouse in 1996, Sean has seen the company grow to over 1,250 employees, with a regional presence now extending into Scotland.

Former chief executive and majority shareholder Steve Rawlings will remain a member of the board.  Steve founded Lakehouse in 1988, having started in the industry as an apprentice roofer.  He will now dedicate more time to Building Lives, the award-winning social enterprise which he founded in 2010 and focuses on supporting young people on the path to a career in construction.

Alongside a number of additional moves and hires in the senior team, the appointment of Sean as chief executive complements the rationalisation of the business into four key divisions: regeneration, construction, compliance and energy services.

Jeremy Simpson joins as chief financial officer from waste management business Shanks Group plc, where he was UK finance director before becoming group corporate development director. Jeremy brings a wealth of experience in the built environment, having worked across infrastructure, renewable energy and a range of large-scale, long-term local authority projects.

Simon Howell has been appointed as group company secretary following four years as group company secretary and head of legal at May Gurney, the construction and support services business now part of the Kier Group.

Former financial director Alan Cox moves into a new role as group corporate development director, having played an instrumental role in the company’s growth in the last six years.  His new position will focus on consolidating Lakehouse’s new group structure and guiding the integration of recent acquisitions K&T Heating, Allied Protection, Foster Property Maintenance, Everwarm and H2O Nationwide.

Michael McMahon joins the board as managing director of Everwarm, the business he set up in 2011.  The deal to bring Everwarm into the Lakehouse Group significantly boosted the company’s sustainability capacity, drawing on Everwarm’s expertise working in Scotland, where the retrofit market is more developed.  Carol Bailey and Dean Ball become managing directors of Lakehouse’s regeneration and construction divisions respectively.

Sean Birrane

Sean Birrane

Former pre-construction director Phil Tidmarsh becomes group commercial director. Phil will be responsible for all commercial matters across Lakehouse and its subsidiary companies, ensuring consistent delivery through pre-contract to post-contract processes and developing Group-wide best practice procedures.

Stuart Black, executive chairman at Lakehouse, said: “It is great news that Sean is taking up the role of chief executive – his long history in the industry coupled with his unwavering commitment to Lakehouse makes him the best candidate for the job.  Sean will benefit from the support of Jeremy, Michael and Simon, who are fantastic new additions to a first-class team, and will work together to continue to strengthen our business as the economy recovers.”

Sean Birrane, chief executive at Lakehouse, said: “Having seen Lakehouse change and grow during my time here, I am excited to take on this role as we consolidate the progress we have achieved both organically and through strategic acquisitions.  Lakehouse is going from strength to strength, but we can continue to build on our superb record in construction and regeneration, as well as diversifying and enhancing our margins further in compliance and energy services.  Developing and refining our business through these four key divisions has helped clients to better understand our offer and gives our business clear direction.”

And finally… London alleyway sells for £260,000

alleyway

Sandwiched between a Starbucks and a charity shop and filled with overflowing rubbish bins, this dank and dingy alleyway is far from the perfect home.

But the unusual south London plot captured the imagination of one buyer desperate for a place in the city and fetched £260,000 at auction.

The narrow lane, which measures 900sq. ft, on Northcote Road in Battersea was snapped up for more than five times its guide price of £55,000 when it went up for sale earlier this week.

Planning permission included in the price means that it can be converted to a comfortable residential space and there is even suggestion that it could be used as an artist’s studio.

And while the neat site does not come with any outdoor space – the bustling south London road is just a short walk to both Clapham and Wandsworth Commons.

In an online description, Savills Auctions said: “Local amenities are available along the length of Northcote Road, including its popular street market.”

Chris Coleman Smith, director of Savills Auctions, told the Evening Standard that he was only a ‘little bit’ surprised by the amount the alleyway sold for as it had ‘attracted a lot of interest’.

He said: “This is a classic example of a property finding its value in the auction room. The area around the property is red hot.

“We have sold all sorts of stuff over the years but this is maybe one of the most unique lots.”

At £260,000, the partially-covered alleyway comes in at just £15,000 less than the average current value of a home in the UK – which comes in at £275,000, according to the Office for National Statistics.

For the same price, property-hunters could buy a five-bedroom detached home in picturesque Yorkshire or a spacious four-bedroom semi-detached home in Suffolk.

The purchase of the narrow street is the latest in a string of extraordinary London property deals.

Last month, Britain’s smallest home, which is less than half the size of an average train carriage and measures just 188 sq. ft, was sold for more than a quarter of a million pounds.

The tiny flat in Islington, north London – which is so compact that the front door opens underneath the bed – went on sale for £275,000 and was bought after an extraordinary amount of interest.

And earlier this month, a one-car garage off the King’s Road in Chelsea, central London, measuring just 11ft by 7ft, became the UK’s most expensive garage when it sold for £550,000.

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Building Briefs – October 31st

CumnockNew homes take shape in East Ayrshrie

East Ayrshrie is a hive of activity with the development of almost 50 new homes at three key sites.

Part of East Ayrshrie Council’s extensive town centre house building programme, nine new houses are taking shape at a £1.4 million housing development site at Ayr Road in Cumnock, a £3.28m development at Chapel Lane will provide 30 new affordable homes while a third site on Brewland Street, which is a £1.4m development, will house ten new homes.

The Cumnock development, which stands on the site of the former library and local office, will include eight two bedroom homes specially designed for older people and one two bedroom home specially designed for wheelchair users.

Designed in collaboration with the Prince’s Foundation for Building Community, the new homes have been sympathetically designed to suit the local area. They will have natural slate roofs, wet dash harl, timber doors and windows, and a new stone boundary wall to the front, ensuring that they fit seamlessly into the local environment.

The homes, due for completion in December, are being built by Ashleigh Construction Ltd and supported by funding from the Scottish Government.

The development at Chapel Lane will provide eight one bedroom flats, eight two bedroom flats, five three bedroom homes, four two bedroom homes, three two bedroom homes specifically designed for older people and two specially adapted two bedroom homes for wheelchair users.

The Brewland Street site comprises five three bedroom homes, and five two bedroom houses, one of which is suitable for older ambulant disabled and one specially designed for a wheelchair user.

The houses, which are being built by CBC, are also supported by funding from the Scottish Government, and will be ready early in the summer of 2015.

 

Plans to alter historic building for controversial development backed

A historic Aberdeen building could be altered as part of a controversial £107m leisure and retail development.

Developer Muse has applied for permission to remove steps and relocate a stone archway at Provost Skene’s House.

Muse’s 175,000 sqft Marischal Square complex will be constructed around the 16th Century building.

Aberdeen City Council has received 92 letters of representation over the plans, which have been approved by planning officials.

Historic Scotland said it was “generally content” with the proposal, reporting: “We are satisfied that the removal of the courtyard rubble wall and steps, together with the repositioning of the archway, would not diminish Provost Skene’s House’s as an outstanding surviving example of Aberdeen’s early burgh architecture.”

The work would include the relocation of a 17th Century archway moved to Provost Skene’s House from Union Terrace Gardens in the 1930s. A 20th Century rubble wall and steps would also be removed.

The proposal will go before councillors at Aberdeen City Council’s Planning Development Management Committee on November 6.

 

Glasgow City Council to find nearly £30m of savings next year

Glasgow City Council has unveiled it will need to find savings to meet a spending gap of £28.9 million as the local authority published its financial forecast for the year 2015/2016.

Although the total local government budget in Scotland is the same as last year Glasgow said it will again receive a smaller percentage of the available budget, resulting in a £13.1m cut from the Scottish Government.

In addition the council said it faces inflation totalling £8.6m and unavoidable costs of £7m. The council also intends to make a contribution to reserves of £3m.

The required savings are reduced by the ongoing effect of decisions in previous years, which will save around £2m, and, although council tax will remain frozen, Glasgow City Council expects to see an increase in council tax payments of around £0.8m.

Options to meet the savings target will be brought forward between now and the setting of the council’s budget in February.

 

Renewable projects worth £81bn in pipeline

More than £81 billion worth of renewable energy projects are proposed by 2025, representing nearly half of all infrastructure spending in the UK, new figures reveal.

The Scottish share is £16.4bn or 20 per cent of the headline figure, but the industry in Scotland is warning sustained political support is needed to reassure the investors who can make it happen.

Barbour ABI, a specialist provider of construction intelligence services which advises the Office for National Statistics (ONS), has released new data revealing a total of 405 renewable energy projects in the pipeline. They are worth a combined total of £81bn which now account for approximately 47 per cent of proposed UK infrastructure projects.

 

Flats plan for former Forfar County Hotel

A property firm is seeking to transform the former County Hotel in Forfar’s town centre into six quality two and three-bedroom flats.

Developers Caledonia Properties Co Ltd have applied to Angus Council for consent to redevelop the Grade B-listed building in Castle Street, which is currently used as offices.

Their plans are to provide six flats over three floors, with the retention of an office to the rear of the first floor.

Architect for the redevelopment project is Paul Wilson of Forfar.

 

Sauchie improvements continue as Tillicoultry named in next phase

Work to transform Sauchie Main Street is well underway as part of Clackmannanshire Council’s £1million Village and Small Town Centre Initiative.

And as those works progress, the council is already looking at the next areas to benefits from the regeneration initiative.

Phase 1 of the project in Sauchie is almost complete with the unpopular concrete raised beds removed this week. They will be replaced with attractive, modern landscaping.

Another significant improvement has been the installation of new traffic signals at the junction of Main Street and Greygoran.

A consultation programme took place to get views from local residents and businesses on the council’s plans, and the responses have helped to shape the work that is now underway.

Works to be completed in Phase 2 of the project include refurbishing the exterior of buildings in Sauchie Main Street at the Post Office; internal close improvements to the previously rendered blocks; improving back court areas with new fences and painting as well as internal and external improvements to council owned flats in the area.

 

Luxury calendar to help Glasgow School of Art Mackintosh Appeal

One of Scotland’s most popular artists today launches a luxury calendar to raise money to help restore Glasgow School of Art’s iconic Mackintosh building.

John Lowrie Morrison OBE, known as “Jolomo”, will donate all royalties from the deluxe limited edition 2015 Jolomo Calendar to the Mackintosh Appeal, set up after the building was badly damaged by fire in May.

John, who was a student at Glasgow School of Art from 1967-72 working in the Mackintosh Building, says he hopes the calendar will help keep the appeal in the public eye throughout 2015.

The Mackintosh Appeal, which is administered by Glasgow School of Art Development Trust with Brad Pitt and Peter Capaldi as patrons, is aiming to raise £20 million towards the restoration of the Mackintosh Building, which was badly damaged by the fire on May 23rd.

Last month, Glasgow School of Art made the first steps towards the restoration, inviting expressions of interest from architect-led teams from all over the world who would like to work on the project, and a symposium at the Venice Biennale of Architecture discussed ways forward for the iconic building.

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New powers not needed to tackle Scotland’s housing crisis

Philip Hogg

Philip Hogg

Homes for Scotland chief executive Philip Hogg has challenged politicians to take the bold and decisive action necessary to deal with the chronic undersupply of housing once and for all.

Over 120 senior industry figures, as well as housing minister Margaret Burgess and shadow cabinet secretary for infrastructure, investment and cities James Kelly, attended a conference in Edinburgh yesterday to examine barriers to increasing housing supply.

Attendees heard that with housing already a devolved matter, there is simply no need for Scottish politicians to wait on new powers in order to tackle the country’s housing crisis.

Philip Hogg said: “Despite a growing population and over 150,000 on waiting lists, less than 15,000 homes were built in Scotland last year – a figure which is in stark contrast to 35,000 the Scottish Government said was needed each year by 2015 to meet demand and impact house price inflation.

“Now that the referendum is out of the way, it is essential that the attention of our politicians returns to ensuring Scotland has the warm, sustainable homes necessary to properly house its people.

“The recent debate in the Scottish Parliament was a welcome indication this has started but the fact is that the issues preventing home builders increasing supply are well understood and accepted.

“The social, economic and environmental benefits offered by building the hundreds of thousands of new homes that are needed over the next two decades are huge, but the age old problem surrounding the lack of suitable land in places people want to live remains and is being compounded by ongoing challenges surrounding mortgage availability as well as skill shortages and access to development finance, a problem which is particularly affecting small and medium sized builders.

“For years, successive devolved administrations have failed to get to grips with housing despite already having the power in their own hands.  Politicians must therefore not be distracted by the Smith Commission in this regard.

“With the results of measures already taken south of the border on planning and assistance for buyers through the fully funded and extended Help to Buy shared equity scheme clear for all to see, the time for delay is over.

“The same support is crucial here in order to give both buyers and builders comparable confidence and certainty.

“We require action rather than rhetoric: action to give housing the political prominence it requires; action to address the deficiencies in the planning system; and action to ensure that Scotland remains a competitive place to invest.”

83 per cent of construction workers ‘proud of their jobs’

Construction Industry CouncilMost of the UK’s construction specialists are proud to be working in the industry, according to a new survey.

Of the 700 skilled construction employees who were polled, some 83 per cent said that they are proud to work in the industry.

Meanwhile, more than half (55 per cent) believe they have an inspiring job to go to each day, according to the Construction Industry Council’s (CIC) 2050 Group.

Despite the positive nature of the report, it also suggested that there is still room for improvement.

For instance, when asked about the use of social media and sustainability in the construction sector, people’s opinions largely depended on how long they had been working in the building trade.

Those who have been working for less than 10 years want more focus to be placed on the issue of sustainability, while they would also like to see social media play a bigger role.

Louise Clarke, chair of the CIC’s 2050 Group, said the organisation has been “overwhelmed” by the response to the survey, and it is pleased to report such a positive reaction.

The CIC 2050 Group said it now intends to shape its future work around the responses, so it can be a voice for people who are at the early stages of their careers.

Despite the majority of people being proud to work in the industry, they did feel there were other key areas that could be improved.

Two thirds thought that more could be done on diversity and the adoption of flexible working practices.

There was also a desire for more extensive collaborations between different areas of the construction sector.

On the subject of sustainability, it is felt that not enough is being done to improve environmental practices, and further progress is needed around water and biodiversity in particular.

Retrofitting existing buildings was seen as an important issue by many of the workers who were polled in the study.

The report from the CIC concluded that with regards to innovation in the industry, there are a number of areas that still require improvement.

However, it said the current sustainability and technological challenges which the sector faces may present new opportunities for innovation.

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Job: Maintenance Assistant – Cloch Housing Association

Cloch HA
MAINTENANCE ASSISTANT 
(Hours of Work: 35 Hours per Week)
EVH Grade 5: £22,303 – £24,786

Cloch Housing Association Ltd currently manages and provides a range of services to over 1400 tenants in Inverclyde and 425 factored owners.  As an Association we are focussed on delivering quality housing services and products for our customers and ensuring that our communities are supported and improving.

The Association is seeking to recruit a Maintenance Assistant to join our team.  You will assist in the delivery of a high quality, effective and efficient customer focused maintenance service including reactive and planned maintenance, gas servicing and void repairs.  The successful candidate must also have excellent communication and IT skills.

If you are customer focussed, have excellent organisational and communication skills, this role could be for you. In return we offer an attractive salary with a contributory pension scheme, flexible working conditions and the chance to be part of a professional and progressive team.

For further information and an application pack please contact the Association either by telephone – 01475 783637 or e-mail: applications@clochhousing.org.uk or download from our website at www.clochhousing.org.uk

For an informal chat about the post please contact Paul McColgan, Property Services Manager either by telephone (01475) 788278 or email  paulmccolgan@clochhousing.org.uk

Closing date for applications is 5pm on Thursday 20th November 2014.

Interviews will be held on Tuesday 9th December 2014.

Cloch Housing Association is an Equal Opportunities Employer and welcomes applicants from all sections of the community.

Cloch Housing Association Ltd is a part of the Oak Tree Housing Association Group.

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Construction Leads – October 31st

MIXED USE and NON-RESIDENTIAL

Applicant: Ramsay’s Properties Ltd

Planning Authority: Dundee

Details: Change of Use to form mixed use development comprising commercial/light industrial use on ground floor and residential use on first, second and third floors

Location: Old Mill, 1 Guthrie Street, Dundee

Agent: Hiddleston and Feist Architects (FAO: Ian Hiddleston)

 

Applicant: Berryhill 1 Ltd (Joint Application with Fort Anne Douglas)

Planning Authority:  Aberdeen

Details: Proposed new Office and Warehouse facility with service yard, associated car parking and external works.

Location:  Plot 11, The Core, Berryhill, Murcar

Agent: Mackie Ramsay Taylor Architects, 47 Victoria Street, Aberdeen

Mactaggart & Mickel Group sees profits soar as it returns to pre-recession form

Ed Monaghan - right

Ed Monaghan – right

Mactaggart & Mickel Group has returned to pre-recession profit levels after strong sales from the Homes division, company-wide efficiencies and the sale of non-performing assets.

Publishing strong results for the year ended 30 April 2014, the housebuilder revealed that group turnover is up 8 per cent to £58.5 million (2013: £55.5m) with profits before tax soaring 233 per cent to £8.1m (2013: £2.4m).

The division Homes delivered turnover of £44m and gross profit of £10.7m with 133 completions for the year – nearly 10 per cent ahead of target. Three new developments were launched in Dalkeith, Milngavie and Bishopbriggs in addition to new phases at three established sites. At year end, forward sales for FYE April 2015 were at 54 per cent of the target.

Investment in factory automation and a management restructure have left Timber Systems well placed to drive growth in the coming year. Despite a decline in profit, strong growth is projected for the next financial year with a number of contracts already secured.

Profit in the Contracts division, which handed over its biggest project to date – the Athletes’ Village – on time and on budget, increased substantially to £3.2m (2013: £1.2m). It also increased its presence in the social housing market working with organisations like Falkirk Council and West of Scotland Housing Association. A healthy pipeline includes projects for East Ayrshire, East Dunbartonshire and East Renfrewshire Councils.

Commercial Property income and profit increased steadily as retail developments in Airdrie, Ayr and Dalkeith secured tenants including Tesco, Sainsbury’s, the Co-operative and William Hill. Overall asset value currently stands at £7.5m.

Lettings income increased modestly to £3.3m. The National Housing Scheme project at Carrongrove has added 27 properties to the portfolio which are now fully let. Three properties were sold on with a capital income of £0.4m.

As for Strategic Land, the Group completed its first English land sale contract for 200 new homes in Shavington, Cheshire. Planning applications are now lodged for 1,023 units and its English land bank has increased to over 1,300 acres across 20 projects.

Chief executive Ed Monaghan said: “This is the third year of our five year plan and our focus has been on improving efficiency and effectiveness, the results of which are clearly demonstrated by the significant upturn in profit.

“Our Homes division has enjoyed a strong performance as confidence returns to the market with sales and footfall increasing consistently. We have to acknowledge the role Help to Buy (Scotland) has played in this, accounting for 11 per cent of purchases. With this pattern continuing well into the current financial year while funding was still available, it highlights how crucial initiatives that stimulate the market are to the industry.

“Social housing has been another key growth area for us with new partnerships with housing associations and local authorities demonstrating our ability to blend private sector innovation and expertise with the value for money requirements of public sector working.

“Our diversification strategy is bearing fruit but some of our most successful projects have integrated the specialist skills of several of our divisions, again showing the strength of partnership working to deliver an exceptional financial performance.”

Mactaggart & Mickel Group was named Housebuilder of the Year for the second consecutive year at the 2014 Homes for Scotland Awards in addition to securing the Best Medium Development for its innovative Polnoon site in Eaglesham, built in partnership with the Scottish Government. Site manager Stuart Gillespie, based at Greenan Views in Ayr, was recognised as the best in the UK in the Medium Builder category at the National House Building Council’s Pride in the Job Awards, considered the ‘Oscars’ of the industry.

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New company count figures point to ‘fragmenting’ Scottish construction sector

Vaughan Hart

Vaughan Hart

The Scottish Building Federation (SBF) has expressed concern about new evidence pointing to a fragmentation in the Scottish construction industry as a result of the economic downturn.

New official figures show a slight increase in the number of companies operating in the Scottish construction industry during 2014. Trade association SBF has released analysis of the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics which shows that the number of medium-sized and larger construction businesses remains significantly below levels recorded in 2009. At the same time, the number of small businesses operating in the sector (those employing fewer than 10 people) rose by 280 to 15,620 this year.

A total of 17,180 VAT and/or PAYE based Scottish enterprises operating in 2014 are classified as operating in the construction of buildings, civil engineering and specialist construction activities, an increase of 235 over 2013 although still 1,236 or 7 per cent lower than in 2009.

However, SBF analysis shows that the number of medium-sized companies operating in the sector is 25 per cent lower than in 2009 and actually 43 per cent below a previous peak recorded in 2010. Medium-sized companies are classified as those employing between 50 and 249 people. The number of larger Scottish construction companies (those employing more than 250 people) has also dropped from 35 in 2009 to 25 in 2014.

There has also been a particularly significant drop in the number of companies recorded as working in the construction of buildings, down 1,235 or 23 per cent in 2014 compared to 2009.

Scottish Building Federation managing director, Vaughan Hart, said: “It’s encouraging that the overall number of companies operating in the Scottish construction sector has risen this year following significant declines in previous years. At the same time, we’re seeing a proliferation of smaller companies operating within the industry. Conversely, there are significantly fewer medium-sized and large employers operating in the sector than was the case five years ago.

“These figures also point to a particularly steep decline in the number of companies working in the construction of buildings compared to those operating in civil engineering or specialist construction. That cannot be a healthy situation for the long term skills base of the industry.

“In terms of rebuilding that skills base, it’s the medium-sized segment of the industry that now needs support. These are the companies that will provide employment opportunities for apprentices in significant numbers in the years ahead. We need to work hard to rebalance the size profile of Scottish construction businesses. To secure a stable long-term future for the industry, achieving a suitable balance of companies of all sizes within the industry is critical.”

 

Analysis: Number of enterprises in the Scottish construction industry 2009-2014

Scotland Employment size
0-9 10-49 50-249 250 – 499 500+ TOTAL
2009
Construction of buildings 4,545 415 85 10 5 5,060
Civil engineering 1,025 200 60 10 5 1,300
Specialist construction 11,040 1,090 155 5 0 12,290
TOTAL 16,610 1,705 300 25 10 18,650
2010
Construction of buildings 4,375 490 115 15 5 5,000
Civil engineering 1,055 320 95 15 5 1,490
Specialist construction 11,135 1,285 185 10 5 12,620
TOTAL 16,565 2,095 395 40 15 19,110
2011
Construction of buildings 3,900 335 65 10 10 4,320
Civil engineering 920 190 40 5 5 1,160
Specialist construction 10,775 985 125 5 0 11,890
TOTAL 15,595 1,510 230 20 15 17,370
2012
Construction of buildings 3,810 340 50 10 5 4,215
Civil engineering 900 165 40 5 5 1,115
Specialist construction 11,150 1,000 120 5 0 12,275
TOTAL 15,860 1,505 210 20 10 17,605
2013
Construction of buildings 3,490 350 55 10 5 3,910
Civil engineering 920 165 40 10 0 1,135
Specialist construction 10,930 1,080 115 5 5 12,135
TOTAL 15,340 1,595 210 25 10 17,180
2014
Construction of buildings 3,515 335 60 10 0 3,920
Civil engineering 985 165 45 5 0 1,200
Specialist construction 11,120 1,045 120 10 0 12,295
TOTAL 15,620 1,545 225 25 0 17,415
Change: 2014 vs. 2009 -990 -160 -75 0 -10 -1,235
Change: 2014 vs. 2009 ( per cent) -6%
-9.4%
-25%
0%
-100%