Scotland

Carbon monoxide alarms to become law in Scotland

A move by the Scottish government to require carbon monoxide alarms to be fitted with all new and replacement boilers has been welcomed by safety campaigners.

Falkirk to benefit from TIF scheme

The Scottish government has given the go-ahead for a £58m investment scheme to improve motorway access and open up areas for development in the Falkirk and Grangemouth areas.

Shetland runway to get £12m repairs

The Scottish Government has approved £12m funding to repair the runway at Sumburgh Airport in the Shetland Islands, part of which has collapsed into the sea following bad weather.

House prices rise by 0.3% in May

House prices rose on a seasonally adjusted basis by 0.3% between April and May, ONS figures suggest.

Galliford Try businesses win two contracts for Edinburgh hospital

Galliford Try’s Scottish subsidiary Morrison Construction has been named preferred phase one contractor for the first phase of the £41.8m redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh Hospital.

Surveys suggest market is improving

Britain’s construction industry may finally be turning the corner after five long years of economic downturn, two major surveys are suggesting.

Scottish goverment considers place standard

A place standard that would act as a benchmark for new housing developments and possibly even be required if they are to attract public sector funding have been included in a new architecture policy l

Scottish contractor aims to improve apartments

Scottish building contractor Cruden Building & Renewals has started work on a project for BRE that aims to find ways of refurbishing a typical ‘four-in-a-block’ Scottish apartment dwelling to improve its thermal and acoustic performance.

Turner & Townsend gets to work in Glasgow

Turner & Townsend has been appointed to project manage the construction of a £20m office building in Dalmarnock in Glasgow which has just started.

Worker shot on border railway site

A construction worker on Bam Nuttall’s Border Railway in Scotland was shot yesterday on site.

Increased optimism for Scottish engineering firms

Scottish engineering firms are more optimistic about future growth following a recent rise in output and orders according to an industry survey.

Construction boost for Isle Of Skye

A £1.9 million funding package will help to create up to 60 new jobs in construction on the western Scottish Island of Skye.

Interserve takes Edinburgh's Haymarket development

Interserve, has today, through a joint venture company, exchanged contracts to develop the Haymarket area of Edinburgh into a mixed-use site to incorporate commercial offices, retail units, leisure use, hotel accommodation and underground parking.

Robertson reaches milestone on New Forth Crossing transport hub in Fife

The construction of a £10m transport hub at Halbeath in Fife to support the New Forth Crossing has reached a key milestone after construction group Robertson completed work on the car park and foundations and are now about to start building the hub facilities.

MOD opens the field for Scottish construction projects

The Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) has reopened the industry competition for its arrangements to deliver construction projects up to £12m in value on the Scottish military estate, and is now encouraging businesses of all sizes to be involved in the procurement process.

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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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