Hamish Trench talks about the recent Scottish Government consultation on the Land Reform Bill and the Scottish Land Commission’s response. Over the last four months, the Scottish Government has been consulting on its proposals for a new Land Reform Bill. This is a key stage towards development
Architect Chris Malcolm discusses how a holistic, people-centric vision can achieve more with less across publicly funded projects in Scotland. The ambition to deliver a more place focused, locally responsive approach to public service delivery across the diverse context of Scotland is fundamental t
Greater scrutiny and accountability may be helping to drive an attitude change in the construction sector when it comes to on-site water management. But is it happening fast enough – and could automated solutions help to accelerate things? Tristan Hughes of specialist provider OSSO discusses h
This confident message from expert voice Stuart Johnston of DM Hall is welcome news for the commercial property market in Aberdeen. Few have ever filled their boots by trying to correctly call a turning point in markets, but a remarkable concatenation of circumstances in Aberdeen in recent months ha
Typically, the construction industry has been a male-dominated world with little to no provisions for women, people of certain faiths or those with disabilities, but times are changing, writes CIOB’s Mark Harrison. I was appointed the Chartered Institute of Building’s (CIOB) first Head o
While 3D visualisation has been commonplace in construction for some time, Dr Harpreet Seth asks whether the industry is ready to take the next step and enter the metaverse. To many, the metaverse is a new word, a concept born of the internet age, a distant and scary place to contemplate visiti
The Cross Tay Link Road (CTLR) is the largest infrastructure project Perth and Kinross Council has ever undertaken. Scottish Construction Now editor Kieran Findlay visited the project to find out how detailed design development and changes to construction methodologies have helped BAM Nutt
Craig Fairfoull, head of sales and marketing at independent developer Dundas, reveals why Scotland's first time buyers are struggling to get on the property ladder. The outcry over the scrapping of the top rate of tax and the inevitable U-turn have served as cloud cover for a growing fiscal inj
Next up in Scottish Construction Now's Q&A is Dr Mila Duncheva, business development manager UK & Ireland at Stora Enso Building Solutions and chair of the BE Change Makers. How did you get started in the industry?
In an exclusive piece for Scottish Construction Now, construction lawyer Jonathan Seddon explains how the way in which we use commercial real estate has changed and why the sector needs to think outside the box to take full advantage of the opportunities available. The way we use commercial real est
Kicking off a regular Chartered Institute of Building column for Scottish Construction Now, Jocelyne Fleming reveals the organisation's priorities in Scotland. The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) is the world's largest and most influential professional body for construction man
Ryan Cossar from the Scottish Futures Trust argues that the whole life performance of new affordable homes must be at the forefront of net zero calculations. Recent Government data shows that as much as 80% of the carbon emissions from buildings can be attributed to housing.
Construction lawyer Andrew Boccoli believes that a question mark hangs over the continuation of fixed-price arrangements. For the past 20 years, convention in the construction trade has been that contractors take on much of the financial risk when they tender successfully for projects. But, as the w
As part of Scotland Excel’s ‘Supporting the journey to Net Zero’ campaign, Professor Sean Smith, chair of Future Construction and director of the Centre for Future Infrastructure at the University of Edinburgh, speaks of the importance of accelerating energy efficiency of buildings
Following a recent meeting of the FMB Scotland Board, director Gordon Nelson shares some feedback from local building firms across Scotland. The juxtaposition of the ‘ugly’ topics of insurance premiums and increasing business overheads with the beautiful surroundings of Speyside, struck