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Muirfield Contracts creditors pledge to settle claims

Muirfield Contracts creditors pledge to settle claims

Creditors of Dundee building company Muirfield Contracts have agreed to continue with the firm’s administration. About 30 traders, suppliers and their proxies met for two hours of talks behind closed doors in the city’s Apex Hotel on Thursday, the Courier has reported. It comes after Muirfield collapsed with debts of at least £6.9 million. Afterwards(…)

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BAE Systems reveals £100m investment in Clyde shipyards

BAE Systems reveals £100m investment in Clyde shipyards

Defence firm BAE Systems is to invest more than £100 million in improving and expanding its Govan and Scotstoun sites. BAE had been considering a second option of a new £200m single-site manufacturing facility at Scotstoun which would have meant closing the Govan yard. Last year the company lodged planning applications for both proposals but indicated(…)

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Bill Robertson celebrates lifetime achievement award

Bill Robertson celebrates lifetime achievement award

Robertson Group founder Bill Robertson CBE said he was “absolutely delighted and honoured” to have been given a lifetime achievement award by Homes for Scotland at the organisation’s Annual Lunch in Edinburgh last week. The accolade from the housing trade body was presented by Scotland football manager Gordon Strachan in front of a record crowd(…)

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Gardiner & Theobold wins QS role on Mackintosh restoration

Gardiner & Theobold wins QS role on Mackintosh restoration

Gardiner & Theobold (G&T) has won the quantity surveyor contract on the restoration of the Glasgow School of Art’s (GSA) Mackintosh building, following the fire in May 2014. The consultancy has already been appointed project manager on the restoration and beat several major players to the separate QS role, including Capita, Building understands. Glasgow practice(…)

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Work starts on Isle of Harris distillery after fundraising success

Work starts on Isle of Harris distillery after fundraising success

Construction work has started on the soon-to-be first commercial distillery on the Isle of Harris after fundraising for a new maturation warehouse was completed. The warehouse is being erected on a plot bought from a local crofter, with completion slated for next month. Ayr-based builder 3B Construction was awarded the contract for the Isle of(…)

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Video: Scottish apprentices share their experiences

Video: Scottish apprentices share their experiences

To celebrate Scottish Apprenticeship Week, CITB Scotland has released videos detailing the experiences of current apprentices around the country. Daniel Deavy’s following a family tradition by forging a career in construction. He was named Adult Apprentice of the Year after deciding to return to college. Sophie Turner swapped a potential career in TV and film(…)

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Minister praises Mactaggart & Mickel Group’s dedication to apprentices

Minister praises Mactaggart & Mickel Group’s dedication to apprentices

Mactaggart & Mickel Group welcomed Annabelle Ewing MSP, minister for youth and women’s employment, to one of its leading developments yesterday as the company marked Scottish Apprenticeship Week (18-22 May). Ms Ewing visited the Polnoon development in Eaglesham, which follows the guidance of the Scottish Government’s Designing Streets agenda. Created to meet the needs of pedestrians(…)

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Stewart Milne Group begins search for the class of 2015

Stewart Milne Group begins search for the class of 2015

House builder and timber systems manufacturer the Stewart Milne Group has begun the search for its 2015 intake of apprentices. The Group will recruit 15 new apprentices this summer who will gain the skills and experience to enable them to develop careers in a dynamic, growth industry with the National House Building Council five-star rated(…)

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School pupils to build career with new foundation apprenticeship

School pupils to build career with new foundation apprenticeship

Pupils in West Lothian and Highland secondary schools are set to benefit from a new foundation apprenticeship in construction which has been launched at the new Forth crossing. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) and Skills Development Scotland have been working with local employers, schools and West Lothian and Inverness Colleges to develop the Foundation(…)

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West Dunbartonshire Council celebrates Scottish Apprenticeship Week

West Dunbartonshire Council celebrates Scottish Apprenticeship Week

Dozens of young apprentices were inspired to achieve their potential at a special event held to recognise the important role they play in West Dunbartonshire Council. Motivational speaker Brian Costello addressed over 80 of the council’s young trainees and set them on the path to further success at the event held in the Denny Civic(…)

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Building Briefs – May 22nd

Building Briefs – May 22nd

Fife visitor centre and distillery plan unveiled Organic Architects has submitted plans to revamp the Lindores Abbey distillery in Fife, home to the earliest recorded example of distilling in Scotland from 1494. The existing farm steading is to have a contemporary makeover using traditional and modern materials. Incorporating joint visitor facilities for the abbey and(…)

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SNP members to insist on changes to Edinburgh’s planning blueprint

SNP members to insist on changes to Edinburgh’s planning blueprint

Two SNP politicians will lobby the Scottish Government to have Edinburgh’s planning blueprint changed, less than a week after it was passed with help from the party’s own councillors. According to the Scotsman, Colin Keir MSP and Michelle Thomson MP said they are “annoyed” and “disappointed” at the City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to adopt(…)

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Robots used to repair Edinburgh’s underground gas pipes

Robots used to repair Edinburgh’s underground gas pipes

A Scottish firm is using pioneering robotics technology to repair underground gas pipes in Edinburgh without having to dig up roads. The remote-controlled devices, which have never been used in Scotland before, work inside the gas pipes to spot leaks and carry out repairs. Less of the road has to be dug up, reducing the(…)

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