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Landmark Glasgow office building set for ‘EPIC’ makeover

Landmark Glasgow office building set for ‘EPIC’ makeover

Plans have been unveiled for a Grade A refurbishment of one of Glasgow’s most iconic and centrally located buildings. Investment firm EPIC UK has appointed contractors GHI Contracts to provide 46,464 sq ft of Grade A office space at 9 George Square with suites ranging in size from 3,742 sq ft to 7,169 sq ft(…)

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Scottish firms in line for Hinkley Point C nuclear contracts

Scottish firms in line for Hinkley Point C nuclear contracts

Three Scottish companies have today been announced as preferred bidders for the contract to build the first UK nuclear power station in more than 20 years. Doosan Babcock, Clyde Union Pumps and the Weir Group are among the companies poised to win deals worth more than £1.3 billion to build Hinkley Point C in Somerset.(…)

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South Ayrshire leisure facility plans submitted

South Ayrshire leisure facility plans submitted

Work on the first new leisure facility to be built by South Ayrshire Council in almost two decades could get underway soon, following the submission of the planning application for the new leisure and community facility at Girvan Harbour. Less than two weeks after all the capital funding was confirmed for the £5 million project – which(…)

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Contracts signed on £56m Shetland high school project

Contracts signed on £56m Shetland high school project

Work is about to get underway in earnest on the new Anderson High School and Halls of Residence at the Staney Hill in Lerwick after the project reached financial close. The move signals the go-ahead for the £55.75 million, which will be funded in large part by the Scottish Government through the Scottish Futures Trust. The(…)

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Bancon to resume former Muirfield affordable housing development

Bancon to resume former Muirfield affordable housing development

Aberdeenshire Council has accepted a tender from Bancon Homes to complete a £3 million affordable housing development in Inverurie which temporarily stalled earlier this year. The council terminated its contracts with Dundee-based Muirfield (Contracts) Ltd after the company went in to administration. Among those contracts was the 24-home Martin Brae development and the council entered(…)

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NHBC reports growth of homes for the elderly

NHBC reports growth of homes for the elderly

More retirement homes were registered to be built in the UK in the first six months of this year than the whole of the previous year, according to new figures released by NHBC. Builders registered a total of 2,337 properties specifically designed for the elderly in the first six months of 2015 – outstripping the(…)

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Ogilvie Construction receives another RoSPA Gold

Ogilvie Construction receives another RoSPA Gold

Ogilvie Construction has once again received a Gold Award from the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) in this year’s Occupational Health & Safety Awards. As the UK’s family safety charity, RoSPA’s mission to save lives and reduce injuries covers all ages and stages of life. In support of this mission, the RoSPA Awards,(…)

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Building Briefs – July 31st

Building Briefs – July 31st

Work starts on retirement living development in Paisley Link Group Ltd has begun the £4 million development of 38 ‘independent retirement living’ flats at Cotton Street, Paisley which will be available by August 2016. The one and two-bedroom flats, for social rent and shared equity sale, are aimed at people aged 60 and above seeking(…)

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Survey reveals construction workloads on the increase in Scotland

Survey reveals construction workloads on the increase in Scotland

Construction workloads in Scotland have risen by a third thanks to a rise in private house building and office development activity, according to a survey. The latest RICS UK Construction Market Survey found 33 per cent more respondents reporting higher activity levels in the second quarter of this year, twice the rating of the first(…)

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Call for housebuilders to adhere to minimum room sizes

Call for housebuilders to adhere to minimum room sizes

Housebuilders should adopted a voluntary code to end “rabbit hutch housing”, according to the Scottish Conservatives. Many Scottish families are facing cramped living conditions with some flats and houses falling short of the minimum space standards. Currently, the average new build property covers just 76sqm compared to double that amount of 137sqm in other European(…)

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Kier appoints former Keller chief executive to its board

Kier appoints former Keller chief executive to its board

Kier Group has announced the appointment of Justin Atkinson as a non-executive director. Formerly chief executive of ground engineering specialist Keller Group, from which he retired in May, Justin will join Kier on 1 October 2015. Previously, Justin had been Keller’s Group finance director and its chief operating officer. Justin trained and qualified as an(…)

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Edinburgh low-carbon experts set up Hong Kong base

Edinburgh low-carbon experts set up Hong Kong base

A low-carbon innovation group from the University of Edinburgh has opened a permanent office in Hong Kong. First minister Nicola Sturgeon was in the city to officially open the centre at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park as part of a Scottish Government trade mission. The university is the first education institution in the(…)

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