The architecture lover’s guide to Scotland’s capital city Edinburgh

Wander the Royal Mile from Edinburgh Castle to the Scottish Parliament Building Compare and contrast the architectural styles of the Old and the New Towns Climb Calton Hill for the monuments and the views across the city There can be few better cities in the world for architecture lovers than Edinburgh. With everything from the […]

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RBS and Bank of Scotland to dominate business agenda as they post results

The Royal Bank’s figures released on Friday are likely to contain a good measure of bad news caused by further repercussions of past misdeeds while Lloyds, parent of BoS, could outline a new strategic plan. A tale of two Scottish banks is set to dominate next week’s business agenda, as RBS and Bank of Scotland […]

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Japan and Scotland have a long history and a glorious future

Scotland is rightly proud of a small group of enterprising pioneers who played a key role in the industrialisation of Japan in the second half of the nineteenth century. The most famous was the “Scottish Samurai”. Thomas Blake Glover was an Aberdeenshire merchant who — among a quite staggering list of achievements — founded the […]

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Insider names six new countries where Scotland will set up trade offices

New outposts for Scottish Development International are to be announced shortly – but insider can tell you where, the banks facing the results ‘music’ this week, KPMG in Carillion spotlight, ‘dark ages’ interviewing of women Insider reveals the six countries where Scotland is setting up shop Their setting up was a pledge by Nicola Sturgeon […]

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£650m Scottish railway framework out for bid

Network Rail Infrastructure is on the hunt for three contractors to deliver a £650m programme of building and civils work on the Scotland and London North Eastern routes. Successful suppliers will deliver more than 1,000 maintenance, renewals and enhancements projects, improving earthworks, bridges, tunnels, footbridges and station buildings The framework has been split into three […]

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£450m village development proposal to be shared with Scottish Ministers

Plans by Murray Estates to create a £450m village in Western Edinburgh as part of a new ‘Garden District’ is set to be shared with Scottish Ministers as it nears an ‘important first stage’ of the development. If approved the village development could give a huge boost to the regional economy and housing targets – […]

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Scotland’s economy grows by 0.2%

The Scottish economy grew by 0.2% during the third quarter of last year, according to official figures. Between July and September, services grew by 0.2%, while production was up by 1.2%. However, construction was down for a seventh quarter in a row, with a 2.9% fall. Equivalent UK growth during the third quarter was 0.4%. […]

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Scotland’s Architecture Fringe opens for submissions

The organisers of Scotland’s Architecture Fringe have invited proposals for the event The fringe, which is in its third year, aims to support new work and emerging practice in Scotland. It will take place at venues across the country from 8 to 24 June this year with a theme of common/senses. Interested parties can apply […]

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Industry experts join housing minister to promote offsite manufacturing

A group of senior construction industry specialists met with housing minister Kevin Stewart MSP last week to discuss how they can work with the Scottish Government to grow the unique offsite manufacturing design and skill base in Scotland. Offsite Solutions Scotland (OSS) is a coalition of ten construction manufacturers with an ambition to grow scale […]

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£3m property investment loan for new mixed-use Edinburgh project

AMA Homes is to deliver a residential and commercial development in Edinburgh after securing a £3 million property investment loan. The loan will provide the developer with an extended period to redevelop Belford and Douglas House into a major new residential site with 50 apartments and 2,000 sq ft of commercial space. Belford House is a […]

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Scottish housebuilding sector ‘performing well despite Brexit’

The Scottish housebuilding sector is performing well despite the political and economic pressures threatened by Brexit, according to independent Scottish law firm Gillespie Macandrew which has transacted nearly £148 million worth of new build plot sales in the last 12 months. Acting on behalf of three major housebuilders with developments spanning across the Central, East and West of […]

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