Scotland

£30 million city deal investment for Scotland

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the first £30 million of investment in a transformative £1.13 billion city and region deal during a visit to Greenock ocean liner terminal.

Green infrastructure projects in line for government funding

Projects in Central Scotland that support trees, woodlands and green infrastructure, encourage community growing or promote active travel can now apply for a share of up to £700,000 with the announcement today of the latest phase of the Central Scotland Green Network (CSGN) Development Fund by Environment Minister Aileen McLeod.

Scotland offers more cash to help first-time buyers access the property dream

The Scottish Government has increased the funding it provides for a scheme to help people buy their first home.

Event to show how Scottish businesses can bid for £10bn HS2 contracts

HS2 is the biggest infrastructure project to be built in Britain for decades and is a vital part of the UK government’s long term economic plan.

Edinburgh council approves plans for new homes in Pennywell

The second phase of Edinburgh’s largest regeneration scheme is set to deliver a further 177 houses and flats in the Pennywell area of the city after planning approval was granted.

Queensferry Crossing in full swing

Scotland's Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown has paid a visit to the Queensferry Crossing construction site to meet with workers and view progress on the project.

Scottish construction firms 'see workloads increase'

A rise in private house building and office development activity has helped to drive up workloads for Scottish building firms, according to the latest RICS survey.

Scottish Government unveils "radical" Land Reform Bill

The Scottish Government has unveiled a "radical" Land Reform Bill that would end a rates exemption for shooting and deerstalking estates and give communities the right to buy land to further sustainable development.

£38m projects given go ahead

Two multi-million pound health centres have been given the green light thanks to funding from the Scottish Government.

Green light for capital homes

The Scottish Government has given the go ahead for 80 new affordable homes in Edinburgh, part of almost 1,000 homes earmarked for sites across the city.

New homes for Letham Mains win the go ahead from planners

A house builder has been given approval to create 376 urgently needed new homes in East Lothian.

Private sector house building up 16% in 2014

A total of 12,188 private-led new build homes were completed in the year to end December 2014, an increase of 16% (1,707 homes) on the previous year.

Ex-Edinburgh City Council workers plead guilty to corruption over contract bribes

Four men have pleaded guilty to corruption relating to the allocation of building work contracts at the City of Edinburgh Council.

Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme used by more than 5,000 homebuyers

More than 5,000 families and first time buyers have purchased their home through the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme, according to new figures released by Housing Minister Margaret Burgess.

Confidence in Scottish construction continues to rise

Confidence in the Scottish construction industry has grown for the seventh straight quarter according to The Scottish Building Federation.

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2017-05-31 13:33

The rate of Insurance Premium Tax (IPT) will rise by two per cent on June 1 to 12 per cent on all non-exempt transactions. Martin Bennison, managing director at construction finance firm Ultimate Finance, explains what this means for UK construction companies.

2017-05-25 08:41

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is growing in popularity and is now mandatory for centrally funded public-sector projects. Experts and the curious are gathering more and more frequently at dedicated congresses, exhibitions and workshops. Many people are now asking: Where does the UK stand on the issue of BIM and the digitisation of the construction industry?

2017-05-10 10:47

Opening site doors to more females is vital to plugging the construction skills gap, reports Claire Cameron

THE construction industry continues to be plagued by a well-documented skills gap with some suggesting the shortage could get worse before it gets better.

2017-05-08 14:27

If you work on a building site, are self-employed or have a zero-hours contract, you might be surprised to know you work in the ”gig economy”. This is the economy characterised by temporary work and irregular hours, pay and working conditions.

2017-03-29 10:31

Jeremy Gould, VP sales Europe, TomTom Telematics, discusses how technological developments in vehicle telematics have opened up new workflow management possibilities for the construction industry

2017-03-21 09:31

With the demand of oil increasing, it’s estimated that the Earth will reach its full capacity for oil consumption at some point within the next 20 years. This is despite the production of oil decreasing, and the construction industry is no exception to this, reports Niftylift.

2017-03-17 10:55

With construction firms leading the way in drone technology, Claire Cameron takes a closer look at how unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) can be used onsite

2017-03-07 16:20

While the physical safety of workers is prioritised on construction sites, mental health is often overlooked, reports Claire Cameron

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