Blogs



Alasdair Steele: Pandemic underlines the enduring investment appeal of resilient retail parks

Alasdair Steele, head of Scotland commercial at Knight Frank, discusses the investment appeal of retail parks in the UK.

Published 22 June 2021

Stephen Good: Scotland’s race against climate change - does net zero mark the finish line?

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre CEO Stephen Good asks whether net zero is enough and whether Scotland could in fact go further to tackle climate change.

Published 16 June 2021

Simon Capaldi: Why occupiers and landlords must work together as we return to the office

Simon Capaldi, office agency partner at Knight Frank Edinburgh, on returning to the office and how the transition may take shape.

Published 16 June 2021

Mary Alexander: How fair is work in the construction industry?

Mary Alexander, the deputy regional secretary for Unite the Union Scotland and co-chair of The Fair Work Convention’s Construction Industry Inquiry Group, is looking to find out how fair is work in the construction industry.

Published 15 June 2021

Shirley Wyles: Fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes

Four years after the devastating fire at Grenfell Tower, BLM partner Shirley Wyles lays out the legal landscape regarding fire and smoke alarms in Scottish homes.

Published 14 June 2021

Frankie Healy: A digital agency still needs a collaborative work space

Digital agency director Frankie Healy reveals why his business and others won't be ditching their office spaces post-pandemic.

Published 8 June 2021

Jason Chandler: Building safer utility workplaces using advanced tech: Lessons from the U.S.

Burns & McDonnell projects director, Jason Chandler, looks at the advantages and safety improvements delivered by wearable technology which has been used widely in the US in construction sites during the pandemic.

Published 7 June 2021

Roddy Cormack: From toilet paper to steel cladding – how to manage a supply sheet storm

Construction law specialist Roddy Cormack on the shortages of construction materials and the impact this may have on the sector. 

Published 4 June 2021

Kathleen McAnea: Construction materials shortage – blip or blunder?

Burness Paull's Kathleen McAnea looks at the implications of the current shortage in construction materials and offers suggestions for companies who may be impacted.

Published 3 June 2021

Andrew Tolmie and Stefanie Johnston: After Grenfell, who pays to make high-rise buildings meet fire safety standards?

Andrew Tolmie and Stefanie Johnston outline the current legal landscape in Scotland regarding who pays the remedial works necessary to bring residential buildings into line with new fire safety standards.

Published 2 June 2021

Lucy Black: 5G can redefine the future of construction

Lucy Black from Construction Scotland Innovation Centre believes that 5G has the potential to support and accelerate efficiencies in the construction industry.

Published 1 June 2021

Kevin Reid: Meeting the challenge of green energy in new homes

Kevin Reid, chief executive of the Cruden Group, looks at meeting the challenges of using more green energy and sustainable building in new homes.

Published 25 May 2021

Hazel Davies: Designing homes for a connected future

Housebuilders have a responsibility to ensure new-build homes are future-proofed, which is challenging given the rapid evolution of digital connectivity. Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, takes a closer look at the ‘Internet of Things’ and the exciting developments that lie ahead.

Published 25 May 2021

MJ O’Shaughnessy: Conserving historic buildings to create a vibrant Edinburgh

Will Rudd (Glasgow) managing director MJ O’Shaughnessy details the conservation expertise required to regenerate the historic Advocate’s Close site in Edinburgh.

Published 18 May 2021

Paul Reilly: Glasgow's West End property market has lost none of its allure

Paul Reilly, director in the Glasgow office of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, says the residential property market in the West End of Glasgow is losing none of its allure, with quick sales and rising prices.

Published 17 May 2021