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RICS Scotland urges new government to tackle ‘chronic’ housing shortage

RICS Scotland urges new government to tackle ‘chronic’ housing shortage

The biggest challenge for Scotland’s next government will be tackling the chronic shortage of houses across all tenures, according to RICS Scotland. The results of yesterday’s Scottish parliamentary election saw the SNP secure a third term in government but fall short of an overall majority. Congratulating Nicola Sturgeon, who is likely to become the first elected female(…)

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Bield appoints new head of development

Bield appoints new head of development

Care and housing provider Bield has appointed Caryn Innes as its new head of development. With more than 20 years’ experience in the public and private sector, Caryn will oversee Bield’s growing portfolio of property developments in Edinburgh and St Andrews as well as identifying new opportunities for growth. Having spent the last seven and(…)

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New College Lanarkshire begins largest ever Construction Pre Apprentice training placement scheme

New College Lanarkshire begins largest ever Construction Pre Apprentice training placement scheme

Around 50 young construction students are settling into frontline work as part of New College Lanarkshire’s biggest ever training placement scheme for would-be building trades apprentices. The 16-24 year-old Construction Pre-Apprentices are taking part in six weeks of on-the-job work experience with nearly 20 companies in Lanarkshire and Glasgow – ranging from some of the(…)

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Building Briefs – May 6th

Building Briefs – May 6th

Consultation begins on accessible housing in Moray An eight-week consultation has been launched by Moray Council on revised guidance to private developers on accessible housing for the elderly and disabled. Once approved, the document will form part of the current Moray Local Development Plan. There is already a shortage of accessible housing in Moray due(…)

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And finally… Exhibition explores Edinburgh’s unrealised grand designs

And finally… Exhibition explores Edinburgh’s unrealised grand designs

An impressive Prince Albert Memorial Keep at Edinburgh Castle and a cylindrical-shaped Sean Connery Filmhouse are amongst a collection of unrealised architectural drawings to have gone on display together for the first time in a new exhibition. Unbuilt Edinburgh is a Festival of Architecture event with the Edinburgh Architectural Association working in collaboration with Historic Environment Scotland(…)

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Unite intervention sees blacklist trial adjourned

Unite intervention sees blacklist trial adjourned

The High Court case currently being heard over construction blacklisting has been adjourned after union leaders announced that they had new evidence relating to the scandal. Victims represented by UCATT, GMB and legal firm GCR have already settled their claims with eight leading contractors at an estimated cost of £50m. But 90 construction workers represented(…)

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Inverness justice centre plan shelved

Inverness justice centre plan shelved

The Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service (SCTS) has reversed its decision to buy a site for a new justice centre development in Inverness. SCTS withdrew its conditional offer for the proposed hub constructed on vacant land at the city’s Burnett Road. Building a centre would allow SCTS to move out of Inverness Castle, which would(…)

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Ground broken at The Haymarket

Ground broken at The Haymarket

The Haymarket development, Edinburgh’s prestigious £200m joint venture commercial scheme by Tiger Developments & Interserve, marked a major milestone in construction yesterday by ‘breaking ground’ as it progresses onto the next major development phase. On track for completion of the first office H5 building in 2018, the development will consist of prime office, retail and(…)

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