Scotland

Western Isles consults on new school

The Western Isles Council will soon be inviting tenders for a contract to build a new primary school in North Uist.

Housing approvals 'up by 49%'

Planning approvals for housing development rose by 49% in the second quarter of this year compared with the year before, figures produced for the Home Builders Federation (HBF) suggest.

Builder needed for famous Glasgow venue redevelopment

Glasgow City Council is inviting tenders for a £30m contract to redevelop one of the city’s most famous entertainment venues.

Galliford Try finds hope in Scotland

Galliford Try says it expects the government’s austerity drive to lead to a “thinner medium term public sector pipeline”, although it expects to see more activity in Scotland, and, through its partnerships business, in affordable housing.

House prices up by 3.3% in year to July

UK House prices increased by 3.3% in the 12 months to the end of July, up from a 3.1% increase in June, according to ONS figures.

Stornoway seeks port contractor

Contractors are being invited to bid for a £7m contract to build new port infrastructure at Stornoway in the Outer Hebrides.

Pentland tidal project approved

The Scottish government has approved the initial stage of what it claims could become the largest tidal array in Europe.

Morrison man among three new appointments for Miller

Scott Alexander, the former commercial director of Morrison Construction, has joined Miller Construction as area director for Scotland – one of three new appointments the company has made to its senior management teams.

HS2 opponents slam £15bn benefits claim

Opponents of the HS2 high-speed rail link have condemned a Government sponsored report which claims that the proposed high speed rail route could boost the economy by £15bn a year, with the balance of the benefits going to the regions.

Cost of Forth crossing 'down by £145m'

Successful project management has brought the estimated final cost of the new Queensferry Crossing down by £145m, the Scottish government is claiming.

BB in new £22m power line scheme

Balfour Beatty has won a £22m contract with power supplier SSE to construct a replacement overhead electricity line in the North of Scotland.

Scottish group in £4.5m contract

Almond Housing Association is inviting tenders for a £4.5m contract to build 49 houses on a brownfield site in Livingston.

Damaged Scottish harbours get £3m more

The Scottish government it making an extra £3m available to repair Scottish fishing harbours that were damaged by storms late last year.

Motherwell firm fined £13,400 over second fall

A Motherwell-based construction firm has been fined £13,400 after a worker fell more than four metres from the flat roof of an extension to a farm building it was building in 2011.

UK business boosts Interserve

Interserve has bucked the trend among many of its multinational competitors by unveiling a 5.8% rise in half-year revenues at its UK construction division.

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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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