Blogs



Architects' Showcase: Landscaping at St Andrews Links Trust headquarters by HarrisonStevens

Landscape architects HarrisonStevens has recently completed a project to sensitively integrate the new headquarters building of the St Andrews Links Trust with its established landscape surroundings.

Published 21 September 2021

Derek Gemmell: Residential property developers advised to take note of increased government attention

Anderson Anderson & Brown's Derek Gemmell examines the proposed new Residential Property Developer Tax (RPDT) on profits made by large residential property developers.

Published 21 September 2021

Stefanie O’Gorman: What we really need to be doing to address climate change

Ramboll's Stefanie O’Gorman, who sits on the Scottish Government's Climate Emergency Response Group (CERG), provides her analysis of the group’s 12 immediate actions for the new government to accelerate its response to the climate emergency.

Published 15 September 2021

Kevin Reid: Building for a greener future

Kevin Reid, chief executive of the Cruden Group, gives a commentary on the Housing and Climate Emergency theme of Scottish Housing Day.

Published 15 September 2021

Euan Pirie: Dealing with volatile materials costs in construction tenders

Euan Pirie, partner in the specialist construction and engineering contracts advisory team at Harper Macleod LLP, looks at a solution to price uncertainty for construction materials when tendering big contracts.

Published 14 September 2021

Blog: Managing risk throughout the construction materials shortage

Eilidh Dobson and Iain Drummond comment on legal aspects of the ongoing materials shortage.

Published 10 September 2021

Alex Lenia: 3D laser scanning technology can give construction teams the edge for successful project completion

Engineer Alex Lenia looks at how 3d scanning technology is already used widely in the US, and the advantages it brings to construction sites and teams.

Published 10 September 2021

Joe Bilan: Helping to rebuild a devastated Beirut

One year on from the devastating explosion which rocked Beirut, Arcadis engineer Joe Bilan is still trying to process what happened and his experiences in the city.

Published 9 September 2021

Mike Harrison: Growing greenways in the heart of our cities

Mike Harrison of HarrisonStevens outlines the changes happening to repurpose brownfield sites, canal towpaths and overgrown and unloved scrubland as more people are being encouraged to ditch the car and enjoy the benefits of active travel.

Published 31 August 2021

Mark Lazarowicz: What the SNP-Green deal could mean for the natural environment

Advocate and former Labour MP Mark Lazarowicz examines the new SNP-Green deal and assess how radical an impact its commitments could have on the natural environment in Scotland.

Published 31 August 2021

Filip Stefanovic: Spillover effects - how the construction industry can stem water pollution at the source

Filip Stefanovic, head of engineering at Ecocoast, discusses the construction industry's obligation to protect the water in the area of construction, and how this can be done. 

Published 30 August 2021

Nick Waugh: New towns meet housing need and changing property demands 

Nick Waugh, commercial director at Buccleuch Property, which is jointly developing Shawfair, argues that new towns are best placed to adapt to residents' changing needs.

Published 24 August 2021

David Stewart: Land & Housing – Why land for housing matters

In the fifth in the Scottish Land Commission's ‘Land &’ blog series, senior policy officer David Stewart explores why land for housing matters for much more than homes – it has an impact on the economy, the environment, and the wellbeing of everyone in Scotland.

Published 24 August 2021

England: Planning system perpetuates racism

New research published by the Institute for Social Policy, Housing, Equalities Research (I-SPHERE) based at Heriot-Watt University has found that the planning process in England is reinforcing racial inequality, despite having clear potential to support the needs of ethnic minority residents.

Published 24 August 2021

Fraud and bribery in the construction sector – another sting in the tail

Having previously identified the high risk of financial crime in the construction sector, solicitor Ramsay Hall is now joined by colleague Paul Marshall to provide an update on recent developments.

Published 20 August 2021