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Time to start breaking down planning barriers

BY Andrew Mickel, director of Mactaggart & Mickel Group PLANNING may not be the most exciting subject in the world, and most people don’t think about it …

New ways of thinking make the future bright for SuDS

Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) are widely acknowledged to be the most environmentally-acceptable way to manage flood risk and prevent water pollution.  …

‘There’s never been a better time to use wood products’

David Sulman of the Scottish Timber Trade Association provides an update on developments in engineered timber products WHILST wood may be one of the oldest …

Scottish construction firms face bigger fines in 2018

SCOTTISH construction firms could potentially face bigger fines for health and safety breaches than ever before in 2018. That’s the view of Malcolm Gunnyeon, …

Consultant calls for industry task force and construction regulator

A leading consultant has claimed “urgent action” is needed to help resolve some of the issues currently engulfing the construction industry. Len Bunton, a …

Churches are part of our national treasure, but valuation presents a professional challenge

By Adam Jennings, a surveyor in the Glasgow North office of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors SCOTLAND’S churches are part of a long and proud heritage. They …

Let’s put community engagement at the heart of procurement

After being awarded the GO Best Service Award (contractors working with the Scottish public sector) at the recent GO Excellence in Public Procurement Awards …

Secure your pipeline

By Claire Sheerin, director of Hays Construction & Property in Scotland IT’S a question many skilled construction workers will be asking themselves: if …

Winning bids and where to find them…

Bids and proposals are a key element of business growth and development for any organisation, so it’s important to get the right content which connects with …

Hopes, challenges and opportunities: industry faces “unprecedented” tests in 2018

2018 will be a year of exceptional challenges – and also opportunities – for the Scottish construction sector. Project Scotland recently asked a wide range …

Time for a grown-up conversation about how to help solve Scotland’s housing crisis

By Andrew McFarlane, a consultant in the Glasgow North office of DM Hall Chartered Surveyors and a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators Housing …

Developers can play pivotal role in improving Scotland’s digital connectivity

By Jim Fitzsimons, director of special projects at Stewart Milne Group, the developer behind Countesswells  Improving digital infrastructure is key to the …

Setting ‘sites’ on a thriving career in construction

By Amanda Byrne, site manager for Kier Construction Scotland People are always surprised when I tell them that I’m a construction site manager. ‘That’s …

Back to basics: NorDan CEO wants industry to focus more on quality

Alex Brown, CEO of the Norwegian windows and doors manufacturer NorDan, responds to a recent Project Scotland article with leading quantity surveyor, Michael C …

It’s time to invest in young people

By Peter Russian, chief executive of Remarkable (formerly Investors in People Scotland) IN an environment where margins are being squeezed more tightly and the …

Project management – like never before!

In February of this year, Gill Henry, head of business development at The Cruden Group, agreed to take on the role of project director for the Social Bite …

Quality steps to SuDS success

By Jo Bradley, market development manager, SDS Limited WHEN it comes to preventing surface water pollution, Scotland leads the way. Scotland’s wide-scale use …

Time to shine a light on the ‘invisible illness’

Earlier this year, data released by the Office for National Statistics revealed the risk of suicide among low-skilled male labourers, particularly those …

HSE Fee For Intervention: why it pays to be informed

By Vikki Watt, partner and solicitor advocate at BTO Solicitors LLP SINCE 2012, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has recovered costs from duty holders it …

Iconic bridges chart our changing attitudes

From the Forth Rail Bridge to the Queensferry Crossing, bridging the River Forth has not been without its health and safety challenges. To mark the opening of …