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Scottish Government overturns ‘more than half’ of planning decisions

Scottish Government overturns ‘more than half’ of planning decisions

The Scottish Government overrules local authorities more often than not when applicants take their planning permission appeals to ministers, according to new figures. Statistics compiled by the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) have revealed that 77 of the 145 planning appeals so far this year have been allowed, despite councils originally rejecting the submissions. That(…)

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Plans secured for new Edinburgh Airport hotel

Plans secured for new Edinburgh Airport hotel

A deal to bring a new £15 million hotel development to Edinburgh Airport by next year has been secured. National planning consultancy Nathaniel Lichfield & Partners (NLP) first mooted the deal in November following a surge in traveller numbers at the airport in 2014. Now a record-breaking summer for passengers in 2015 has seen the plans move(…)

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Mixed use plans for listed Dundee maritime building

Mixed use plans for listed Dundee maritime building

Plans have been unveiled to transform an iconic listed building in Dundee into offices and flats. Morgan McDonnell has submitted proposals to the council for the 100-year-old former DP&L building on East Dock Street which will house ground floor office space with ten flats above. Edinburgh developers Stone Acre will demolish the internal central chimney(…)

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Anderson Construction celebrates £3m contracts boost

Anderson Construction celebrates £3m contracts boost

Aberdeen based Anderson Construction has been awarded a number of contracts amounting to over £3 million in value. The awards include a major alteration and extension for the RSPB at its Loch of Strathbeg facility near Crimond worth over £300,000, an extension to Grampian Transport Museum at Alford in collaboration with William Lippe Architects worth(…)

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Volunteer graduate joins Barratt North Scotland team

Volunteer graduate joins Barratt North Scotland team

Victoria Gray has become the latest graduate to join the Barratt North Scotland team as the company continues to bring new talent to the construction industry. Victoria, 22, who is originally from Renfrewshire but now lives in Aberdeen, will be working alongside the construction team at the Osprey Heights development in Inverurie. With a degree(…)

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TV presenter named RIAS charity scheme patron

TV presenter named RIAS charity scheme patron

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has launched this year’s Architect in the Hoose initiative to help homeowners and raise money for the Architects Benevolent Society (ABS). The scheme sees architects register to offer free, hour-long consultations to the public, in return for a small donation of £25 for the ABS. This year’s(…)

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CITB to fund new Scottish scaffolding training centre

CITB to fund new Scottish scaffolding training centre

Half a million pounds of new funding is available to train scaffolders in the North East of Scotland, the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) has announced. The money is being made available due to increasing demand for scaffolders and a lack of training in the region. At present, would-be scaffolders travel to Inchinnan, Renfrewshire, for(…)

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Building Briefs – September 1st

Building Briefs – September 1st

Glasgow Airport’s £3.3m extension project unveiled Transport minister Derek Mackay MSP visited Glasgow Airport yesterday to officially open the airport’s newly extended east pier. The £3.3 million project, which was completed earlier this summer, has introduced a series of improvements to the main terminal building allowing the airport to accommodate an additional 750,000 passengers each(…)

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NHS Grampian announces £150m Foresterhill redevelopment

NHS Grampian announces £150m Foresterhill redevelopment

NHS Grampian has unveiled plans to invest more than £150 million into building new facilities at its Foresterhill Campus in Aberdeen over the next five years. The health board took the first step in the formal process towards creating at least 10 new facilities on the site by lodging a pre-application notification, including a Foresterhill(…)

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Homophobia still ‘rife’ within construction industry

Homophobia still ‘rife’ within construction industry

A new pan-industry survey of the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual employees has revealed an ‘outdated’ approach to diversity. A survey by Architects’ Journal revealed that homophobia is rife in construction, with more than 80 per cent of gay men and women in some parts of the industry encountering homophobic comments in the workplace.(…)

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Girvan leisure and community facility gets the green light

Girvan leisure and community facility gets the green light

Work on the new £5 million Girvan and South Carrick leisure and community facility is to begin in January 2016 after planning permission was granted for the project. The new building – a partnership project between South Ayrshire Council and South Carrick Community Leisure (SCCL) – will be sited at Girvan Harbour and will transform(…)

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Continued increase in new local authority home registrations

Continued increase in new local authority home registrations

The number of new homes registered by local authorities in Scotland has increased by over 40 per cent over the previous year, according to new figures. The National House Building Council (NHBC) said that 3,543 new homes were registered between May and July this year, when compared to 2,492 homes during the same period in 2014.(…)

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Work starts on £1m holiday home for children with cancer

Work starts on £1m holiday home for children with cancer

The construction of a £1 million holiday home gifted to families who have children with cancer has started following the fundraising success of a small Edinburgh charity. It’s Good 2 Give, the charity run by volunteer fundraiser Lynne McNicoll OBE, has turned the turf on a plot of land on the banks of Loch Venacher(…)

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