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Council laid off six workers in sham redundancy to get rid of one employee

Council laid off six workers in sham redundancy to get rid of one employee

A council laid off six labourers before offering five of them new contracts in a bid to get rid of one of the employees, The Courier has reported. Dundee City Council’s environment department made the workers redundant because of what bosses called a “downturn in current workload”. However, Mark McPhail’s job was taken by a temporary worker while his four(…)

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Persimmon sales expected to jump 12 per cent

Persimmon sales expected to jump 12 per cent

Housebuilder Persimmon expects its revenue in the first half of 2015 to be up around 12 per cent to £1.34 billion (2014: £1.20bn) compared to the same period in 2014, it said in a trading update today. The firm attributed the boost to higher selling prices and higher volumes of new home sales, aided by(…)

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Kier offloads fleet and passenger arm for £17.9m

Kier offloads fleet and passenger arm for £17.9m

Kier has sold off its fleet and passenger services (FPS) business through a management buy-out funded by Leeds-based private equity investor Endless for £17.9 million in cash. The sale includes the transfer of FPS’ finance lease debt of approximately £32m (as at 30 June 2015). FPS is a provider of specialist vehicle contract leasing and(…)

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Scottish BIM survey launched by Scottish BIM Task Group

Scottish BIM survey launched by Scottish BIM Task Group

The Scottish BIM Task Group is conducting a survey for construction professionals to help inform and develop the next stage of the building information modelling (BIM) strategy in Scotland. The Scottish Government is developing its BIM Strategy as set out in the October 2013 Scottish Procurement paper. The Scottish Futures Trust is working with David(…)

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Measures announced to tackle radon levels in Highland schools

Measures announced to tackle radon levels in Highland schools

Measures to reduce the levels of a potentially harmful gas in three Highland schools have been revealed by the local authority. The Highland Council began a programme of inspections for levels of naturally occurring radon gas at 34 schools throughout the region in November last year. Then in April it revealed that radon measurements at(…)

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UK construction fatalities fall by 22 per cent

UK construction fatalities fall by 22 per cent

Construction death rates in the UK have fallen in 2014/2015 with 35 fatalities recorded by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) from 44 the year before. Despite strongly recovering workloads, the provisional annual data show fatalities are 22 per cent down on the average of 45 over the last five years. Fatality rates among construction workers(…)

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Building Briefs – July 2nd

Building Briefs – July 2nd

Thousands of acres of countryside ‘swallowed up by development’ Thousands of acres of the countryside in Scotland and across the UK have been swallowed up by development in the past few years, new land use maps have revealed. The main change was clear-felling of more than 100,000 hectares (247,000 acres) of coniferous forest, largely in(…)

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Haudagain roundabout work to take two years

Haudagain roundabout work to take two years

Work to tackle the longstanding traffic bottleneck at Aberdeen’s Haudagain roundabout is expected to take about two years, it’s been announced. It’s hoped work, which will start following completion of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty scheme, will be ready by winter 2017. In addition, plans for the construction of the new dual carriageway link road(…)

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Ian McKee appointed chairman of RICS Scotland

Ian McKee appointed chairman of RICS Scotland

RICS Scotland has announced the appointment of Ian McKee (FRICS FCABE) as its 2015-2016 chairman. Managing director of Edinburgh-based building surveying and architectural practice GLM, Mr McKee will play an instrumental role in helping RICS to lead the way in driving professional standards and inspiring new surveying talent across Scotland. As one of the founders(…)

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Speedy Hire issues profit warning as chief executive departs

Speedy Hire issues profit warning as chief executive departs

Mark Rogerson has decided to step down as chief executive officer of Speedy Hire as the firm warned trading performance had fallen short of expectations. The plant hire firm said equipment shortages and IT problems have led to a slower-than-expected start to the year. A board-initiated review attributed the poor revenue performance to a lack(…)

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Progress on potential £2.9bn Aberdeen City Region Deal

Progress on potential £2.9bn Aberdeen City Region Deal

A deal which aims to release about £2.9 billion for infrastructure improvements in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire remains on track following “positive” negotiations in Westminster. An adjournment debate on the Aberdeen City Region Deal in the House of Commons has been secured by Aberdeen North MP Kirsty Blackman. The Deal promises to be an ambitious investment(…)

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New central division for Hardies

New central division for Hardies

Hardies Property & Construction Consultants has appointed Danny McArthur as the head of its new central division. Danny is one of eleven new equity partners who were appointed by the multi discipline surveying firm at the beginning of April following a vigorous internal selection process to find the stars of the future. He will head up(…)

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New tool to measure impact of man-made noise on sea-mammals

New tool to measure impact of man-made noise on sea-mammals

A team of scientists from the University of St Andrews has developed a new computer modelling tool for assessing the impact of noise from human disturbance, such as offshore wind development, on marine mammal populations. The team, led by Professor John Harwood, of the School of Biology, has created the interim Population Consequences of Disturbance(…)

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