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.

A survey from the Scottish Construction Monitor demonstrates that the confidence score increased to plus 29 – up by three points compared to the figure for the last quarter of 2014.

Responses are provided by members of the Scottish Building Federation and the report also asked them about their views on what effect the 2015 Construction Design and Management regulations may have.

The CDM rules will be implemented on April 6 and 59% believe these regulations will be minor whereas 11% of respondents feel they will have a major impact on businesses. They affect health and safety regulations concerning domestic building projects.

Vaughan Hart, managing director of the Scottish Building Federation said: “In order to be sustainable, it's important that the industry's recovery is suitably balanced across all sectors. CDM 2015 regulations will have important implications for the responsible management of health and safety on domestic projects.

“That being the case, it's more important than ever that customers choose a reputable, properly qualified contractor to carry out building works on their home.”

Further feedback from the new regulations revealed that 94% of firms surveyed were either fully or partially aware of the changes and close to two-thirds think these rules will increase costs.

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