James Ellis, chair of the Chartered Institute of Marketing Construction Interest Group, discusses the state of marketing skills within the construction industry. It’s difficult to think of an industry which is more understood, yet at the same time misunderstood, than marketing. Most peopl
John McHugh: The cost of living crisis is upon us, but residential property will always weather the storm
John McHugh, managing partner of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors, discusses the state of Scottish property in light of the current cost of living crisis. This time last year, amid frenzied activity in the residential property market in Scotland, driven by the unprecedented external factors of which we a
Gregor Stewart: Why the Scottish Government’s Ventilation Fund grants for small businesses are simply the wrong answer
Following last week's Holyrood discussions on improving ventilation in classrooms, air conditioning expert Gregor Stewart highlights the downsides of the Scottish Government’s ventilation fund. There is no doubt we should applaud the fact that, in the wake of major societal disruptions such as
Ryan Gilluley of Glasgow-based GCM cost and claim consultants offers his take on the current issues facing the Scottish construction industry. In normal circumstances the construction industry is a bellwether sector for the wider economy and it’s not difficult to work out why.
Showhome design is a constantly evolving art form. In this article, Queensberry Properties’ sales and marketing director, Hazel Davies, speaks with creative director, Suzanne Thomas of Blocc Interiors, on how to ensure new-build homes have a cutting-edge appearance. By its very nature, interio
United Capital subsidiary Saltire Facilities Management continues its parent company’s mental health campaign.
Iain Wardrop, associate director working in the Scottish Futures Trust’s Asset Strategy team, reveals how public sector organisations are increasingly looking to better utilise their buildings. Across Scotland’s public sector, there is an ever-growing focus on ‘place’ which r
Planning minister Tom Arthur offers thoughts on the importance of open space and play areas, and encourages responses to the consultation for Open Space Strategies and Play Sufficiency Assessments. COP26 has reinforced on an international stage, how green spaces, with opportunities to connect with n
Clyde & Co recently successfully defended a claim in the All Sheriff Scotland Court against a dissolved company from a pursuer who had previously made a successful claim against another party, writes David Tait. The second action related to a former employer of the pursuer for whom the insurance
Following United Capital director Ryan Russell's call for more awareness and understanding within the building services industry regarding mental health problems and suicide, contractor McGill continues its parent company's United We Care campaign.
Scottish Futures Trust chief executive, Peter Reekie, shares his thoughts on infrastructure trends for 2022 and beyond. It is not rocket science to predict that 2022 will be a year of ongoing COVID recovery, with the world trying to find and adjust to whatever the new normal is for social interactio
With the building services industry having the highest incidence of mental health problems and suicide, United Capital director Ryan Russell said awareness is critical and understanding vital. As a former specialist mental health lawyer for over a decade, talking openly about the mental health crisi
Donald Yellowley, a partner in DM Hall’s country department based in Bridge of Allan, highlights the possible rewards for farmers looking to sell land. While demand for all manner of land in Scotland has rarely been more urgent, the farm sales market remains stubbornly quiet, and shortage of s
Iain Drummond, a partner at Shepherd and Wedderburn, considers a recent case that provides lessons for the construction sector concerning the enforcement of adjudicators’ decisions by companies in liquidation. The recent case of John Doyle Construction (JDC) v Erith Contractors Limited provide
The ongoing reverberations of the pandemic have made 2021 a unique year for the construction sector and residential property market. In this article, Queensberry Properties’ director, Steven Simpson, looks back on another challenging twelve months. As another pandemic-blighted year draws to a