Residential property sales boost Scottish economy

The property sector in Scotland has enjoyed significant growth last year with the value of residential sale leaping ahead.

BAM signs contract on £27.5m NHS scheme

BAM Construction has signed a construction contract with NHS Ayrshire & Arran for a £27.5m project that will significantly extend emergency services in two hospitals in the region.

Amey backs Scottish Apprenticeship Week with promise of 120 posts

Road maintenance contractor Amey has marked the start of Scottish Apprenticeship Week by committing to take on 120 apprentices in Scotland over the next two years.

Milestone reached in Scotland’s contractor payment scheme

The first payment has been made in an innovative scheme designed to speed up payments to contractors working on public sector construction projects.

Mactaggart & Mickel win £1 million Scottish housing contract

Mactaggart & Mickel Contracts has won a contract worth £1 million to develop affordable housing on the site of the former Thomas Muir Academy at Bishopbriggs.

Fife Council fined £24,000 over gas leak

Fife Council has been fined ££24,000 after safety failings on a drainage project it was managing led workers to rupture an underground gas pipe.

Scottish contractors fined £75,000 over worker's fall

Two Scottish contractors have been fined a total of £75,000 after a worker broke his spine in a fall at a hotel refurbishment they were working on – just weeks after one of the companies had been served with an improvement notice.

Thousands of jobs to be created through investment in Scottish building projects

The Scottish Government Infrastructure Investment plan – which delivers housing, hospitals, schools and transport infrastructure projects – is set to see a further £1 billion worth of investment.

Interserve JV helps out Scottish blood service

Interserve Kajima, a joint venture between Interserve and Japanese firm Kajima Partnerships, has won a contract to develop a £33m National Centre of Excellence for the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service (SNBTS).

Scottish Government housing statistics reveal it is on track to deliver 30,000 affordable homes

Almost 18,000 affordable homes have been delivered by the Scottish Government since 2011, putting it well on track to reach its commitment of 30,000 affordable homes by 2016 according to new Scottish Government housing statistics.

Enewall eyes expansion

Scottish construction business Enewall is to expand its factory in Wishaw so that it can triple its current production.

Poor training and advice leads fine for Scottish builder after fall

A Scottish builder who left his workforce inadequately trained and protected for working at height has been fined £750 after one worker fell through the fragile roof of a cowshed.

Scottish Government approves £18.9m TIF plan

The Scottish Government has approved Argyll & Bute’s £18.9m plan to help create hundreds of new construction jobs by borrowing against the likely future increase in business rates the projects involved will create.

Robertson gets to work on three Aberdeen projects

Robertson Group has started work on three projects on the Balmoral Business Park in Aberdeen which are in total worth over £9m.

Mactaggart & Mickel in two new contracts

Mactagggart & Mickel Contracts has won a £4.4m contract to turn a 1.8 acre brownfield site in Kilmarnock into 39 affordable homes.

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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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