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Economy secretary assures parliament over jobs and future of AWPR

Economy secretary assures parliament over jobs and future of AWPR

Cabinet secretary for the economy, jobs and fair work, Keith Brown, has moved to reassure MSPs that disruption and job losses caused by Carillion’s collapse would be minimised in Scotland, though the minister stopped short of giving an opening date for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR). The UK’s second-biggest builder entered liquidation on Monday(…)

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Skanska to shed 3,000 jobs as part of ‘comprehensive restructure’

Skanska to shed 3,000 jobs as part of ‘comprehensive restructure’

Skanska has revealed it is to cut around 3,000 jobs across its global operations as part of restructuring plans to improve profitability. The Swedish group said this morning that the comprehensive restructuring, which follows a strategic review initiated in autumn 2017, will involve quitting the US power sector and focusing on its core business in(…)

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Interserve’s financial health ‘being closely monitored’ by UK government

Interserve’s financial health ‘being closely monitored’ by UK government

Shares in the construction and services firm Interserve fell this morning amid reports that its financial health is under special scrutiny from the UK Cabinet Office. Stock was down as much as 15% in early trading on the London Stock Exchange after the Financial Times said a small team had been put together to keep(…)

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Edinburgh Architectural Association opens call for 2018 award entries

Edinburgh Architectural Association opens call for 2018 award entries

Calls for entry are now open for the prestigious annual Edinburgh Architectural Association (EAA) awards. The awards showcase and celebrate the very best architecture in the chapter area and beyond, that enhance the built environment and people’s lives, regardless of size, form or budget. In 2017 the format of the awards was changed to now(…)

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Planning bid for 43 homes on former Dundee school site

Planning bid for 43 homes on former Dundee school site

Abertay Housing Association has unveiled proposals to deliver 43 new homes on the former site of a primary school in Dundee. Detailed plans submitted to Dundee City Council’s planning department indicate that the homes, situated at the former Charleston Primary School on South Road, will be a mix of terraced, semi-detached and detached homes with(…)

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Contractors sought for Lews Castle grounds works

Contractors sought for Lews Castle grounds works

Contractors are being sought for the first phase of the Lews Castle Grounds Regeneration Project. Tender invitations for the works have been published on the Public Contracts Scotland portal with a return date of February 12.  An information day and site visit for potential contractors will take place on January 24, from 11am at the(…)

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Parliamentary call for CMS Window Systems

Parliamentary call for CMS Window Systems

CMS Window Systems has shared its business experience and insights at the highest level after being invited to a special SME Parliamentary Reception in London organised by the UK government’s Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). The Glasgow-based company was represented at the exclusive event at Portcullis House by its chief operating officer,(…)

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Charity receives funding boost from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes

Charity receives funding boost from Mactaggart & Mickel Homes

Edinburgh and Midlothian charity Home Link Family Support has received a donation of £1,000 from housebuilder Mactaggart & Mickel Homes’ Building Communities Fund. Home Link Family Support provides help to struggling families with young children who are not coping for a variety of reasons including poverty, disadvantage and family breakdown in Edinburgh and Midlothian. The(…)

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Teams announced for Business Fives Construction, Housing & Property events

Teams announced for Business Fives Construction, Housing & Property events

The teams participating in the Construction, Housing & Property qualifying events for a business five-a-side tournament have been announced, with time still available for companies to get involved. Supported by Scottish Construction Now, Scottish Housing News and the Scottish Property Federation the heats will run on January 23 and 30 in Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively.(…)

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Building Briefs – January 17th

Building Briefs – January 17th

Blackadders appoints new partner to head up residential property in Glasgow  National law firm Blackadders has appointed a new head of residential property to its Glasgow office. Karen Fulton joins Blackadders as a Partner to take up the role and will be responsible for building on the firm’s residential property credentials and diverse portfolio of(…)

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And finally… Former construction worker now writes poetry, novels and songs

And finally… Former construction worker now writes poetry, novels and songs

A former construction worker turned singer is to return to the UK for a number of shows. Rod Picott returns to the UK in March with a new album, Out Past the Wires, and a book of poetry, God in His Slippers. Originally from a small rural town in Maine, he’s now resident in Nashville.(…)

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Carillion faces legal action over workers’ pay and pension rights

Carillion faces legal action over workers’ pay and pension rights

The Unite union is set to take legal action against Carillion after claiming that the collapsed construction and support services firm breached its legal obligations to give notice of redundancies. The company, which employs 20,000 people in the UK including thousands in Scotland, was placed into compulsory liquidation yesterday morning with debts of £1.15 billion and(…)

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Housing association planning to transfer Carillion repairs deal to new contractor

Housing association planning to transfer Carillion repairs deal to new contractor

West of Scotland Housing Association (WSHA) is working to transfer its repairs and maintenance work to a new contractor following the demise of Carillion. The construction and support services business, which was placed into compulsory liquidation yesterday morning, had been providing facilities management services for WSHA since it was appointed last August. The contract saw Carillion(…)

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