Sharkey building hotel and leisure credentials with Dundee and St Andrews developments

Construction services company Sharkey is to commence phase 2 of its development project in the Lower Dens area of Dundee and the further development at the Old Course Hotel in St Andrews. In Dundee, the fit-out and refurbishments specialist has embarked on the second phase of a £22 million conversion of the Baxter Brothers & Co 1869 […]

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Mabey helps deliver Aberdeen bypass

The UK Hire business of bridge and engineering services specialist Mabey has highlighted its role in delivering the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty (AWPR/B-T), cutting journey times and reducing pollution in the UK’s third most congested city. The 58km bypass project is being delivered by Transport Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council. Aberdeen Roads Limited was awarded the contract to build […]

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Edinburgh St James developers outline construction benefits to local businesses and workers

With demolition across the £1 billion Edinburgh St James site continuing to progress well, TH Real Estate and main contractor Laing O’Rourke have revealed new investment figures which reaffirm their commitment to the city. To date, the 1.7m sq ft scheme has sourced £24 million of construction value locally – from within 100 miles of the project. In addition […]

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Scope and remit of DG One centre independent inquiry revealed

The timetable and remit of an independent inquiry into construction flaws at the DG One leisure centre in Dumfries have been revealed after a request to investigate was rejected by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Dumfries and Galloway Council approached the safety body earlier this year with concerns over its flagship facility after it revealed that repairs […]

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Galliford Try to quit large infrastructure as profits hit by Queensferry Crossing and AWPR

Galliford Try has revealed that it will no longer bid for major infrastructure projects after its construction division suffered an £89 million loss due to problems on delivering the Queensferry Crossing and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR). Pre-tax profits for the year to 30 June 2017 fell nearly 60% from £135m to £59m, on […]

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Mosaic completes £5m sports facility at Glasgow college

Mosaic Architecture + Design has completed a £5 million sports facility at St Aloysuis’ College in Glasgow ahead of the start of the new school term. The new building is positioned diagonally between the A-listed pair Mackintosh Building and St. Aloysius’ Church and adjacent to the Glasgow School of Art’s Reid Building and fulfils a long-standing ambition by St. […]

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Construction ‘Innovation Factory’ launches with major industry event

Hundreds of delegates were among the first to see Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’spioneering new £2 million Innovation Factory as it launched today with a major industry event. Located at Hamilton International Technology Park in Lanarkshire and supported by Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Enterprise, the factory will allow anyone in the construction industry to access 35,000 sq. ft. of workshop space fitted out […]

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Visitor hub transformation underway at derelict Ayr stables

Work to transform the derelict stables at Ayr’s Belleisle Estate into a vibrant visitor hub is now underway. The £1.3 million project is set to provide flexible community space, a café, facilities for Park Rangers, and public toilets. The new building will use reclaimed stone and glass to provide a visual transition between Belleisle House, […]

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NHS Highland confirms timetable for Belford Hospital replacement

Construction of a replacement for Belford Hospital in Lochaber is due to get underway in 2020/21, NHS Highland has confirmed. Indicative funding for the new hospital was included within NHS Highland’s five year capital plan published in March 2017 and will be part of a wider redesign of health and social care services in Lochaber. Work is […]

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Balfour Beatty appointed tier 1 contractor for Highland hospitals

Hub North Scotland has appointed Balfour Beatty as the main ‘tier 1’ contractor for NHS Highland’s proposed new hospitals in Aviemore and Broadford. The announcements follow other recent key milestones for the new hospitals with the appointment of the design team and the submission of the pre-planning applications. As a ‘tier 1’ supplier for hub North Scotland, Balfour Beatty International […]

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And finally… Lego launches model version of its new visitor centre

Lego has unveiled a model set of its new Lego House to coincide with the opening next month. The LEGO House (21037) kit will be launched just ahead of the grand opening of the visitor centre, which was designed by architecture firm BIG for the company’s hometown of Billund, Denmark. The 774-piece, 197-step kit replicates […]

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‘The greatest bridge in the world’ Watch stunning light show at Queensferry Crossing ahead of official opening

After a short speech under the bridge’s north tower, Nicola Sturgeon started the light display across the £1.35 billion crossing to mark the handover from the contractors to the Scottish Government. The Queensferry Crossing has been illuminated by a light show to mark the symbolic handover of the new bridge to the Scottish Government . First Minister […]

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SEC Group Scotland calls for a construction regulator

THE Specialist Engineering Contractors (SEC) Group Scotland has called for the Scottish Government to appoint a construction regulator to oversee compliance in public sector procurement and improve supply chain payments. In April last year, contracting authorities in Scotland with large annual procurement budgets became statutorily bound to declare in their procurement strategies how they intended to […]

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Scottish clients failing to enforce supply chain payment

Only a third of public sector contracting bodies in Scotland are meeting new public sector procurement rules to ensure prompt payment through the entire supply chain. The new research has prompted the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group for Scotland to call on the Government to set up a new construction regulator role to ensure tier two and […]

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£250m masterplan launched for Rosyth waterfront as Fife ‘opens for business’

Scarborough Muir Group has today launched a £250 million development masterplan offering industrial, office, warehousing and leisure space adjacent to the new £1.35 billion Queensferry Crossing. With two new land sales near completion, the ‘Queensferry One’ development spans 120 acres and occupies a south-facing location at Rosyth waterfront with views of all three Forth bridges, including […]

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Housing and retail plans submitted in Inverness

Plans have been submitted for 67 new homes to help address a “particular need” for affordable housing in Inverness. Joint applicants Redco Slackbuie Ltd, Robertson Partnership Homes and Caledonia Housing Association, want to build the properties and five business or retail units in a field by Slackbuie Farm Road. A pedestrianised public square is envisioned as part of the […]

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Dundee city centre flats given green light

Council planners in Dundee have approved proposals for more than two dozen flats and a ground level retail unit in the city centre. The proposed development at Trades Lane on the site of the former McLeish’s warehouse will see 28 flats developed along with the retail space and storage unit for bikes. Lynne Short, convener […]

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Council approves £67m funding for more affordable homes in Glasgow

Glasgow City Council has approved the next stage of its Affordable Housing Supply Programme (AHSP) with almost £67 million to be allocated towards the development of affordable housing in the city in the current financial year. Agreed today by members of the council’s executive committee, the funding will support the building of 882 new affordable homes […]

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Transport Scotland contracts worth £39m up for grabs

Two contract notices have been advertised today calling on firms to bid for work on the A77 Maybole Bypass and A9 Berriedale Braes Improvement projects. The Maybole Bypass notice, which outlines construction costs of approximately £30 million, invites prospective bidders to formally apply to participate in the procurement to construct the bypass. The successful bidder will […]

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Esh Border Construction appoints new regional director for Scotland

Esh Border Construction is poised to embark on a fresh chapter for the business after announcing the appointment of a new regional director for Scotland. Gerard McMahon will take over the role as the Livingston-based business continues to target fresh expansion. The father-of-three initially joined the company as a commercial manager last year and quickly impressed with his outstanding work […]

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Kilmarnock’s HALO regeneration project secures £5.3m of government funding

The Scottish Government is to invest £5.3 million to turn a former Kilmarnock bottling plant into a low carbon development which will include hundreds of affordable homes. Around £3.5m will be invested in the former Johnnie Walker bottling plant, which will be transformed to include an enterprise and innovation hub for business startups, a renewable energy centre […]

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Planned Edinburgh arts quarter to be moved to accommodate affordable housing

Plans for a mixed-use development on a vacant site in Edinburgh’s Old Town have been revised to include new affordable homes instead of an arts quarter. The proposals for King’s Stables Road in the Grassmarket area had originally included a mix of 59 residential units, a 92-bed boutique hotel and an arts facility alongside a […]

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Network Rail given green light to replace Stirling’s Kerse Road Bridge

Stirling Council has approved Network Rail’s planning application to replace the Kerse Road Bridge as part of the electrification of the area’s rail network. The application sought permission to replace the existing bridge in order to meet the clearance distances required for the electrification of the railway line, and to address a number of defects identified with the […]

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Glasgow set for £350m affordable homes boost

More than £350 million is to be invested into Glasgow to fund thousands of affordable homes over the next four years. A report set to be presented to councillors this week has detailed the amount provided by the Scottish Government for the council to hand over to social landlords and private developers for affordable housing. This year, the budget to […]

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Scotland’s next big infrastructure project ‘must create low carbon future’

In the week Scotland’s newest bridge opens to traffic, campaigners are setting out the benefits of another big infrastructure project that would help to create a more socially-just and low-carbon future. Environmental organisation WWF Scotland and health charity the British Lung Foundation Scotland believe future Scottish Government infrastructure investment should be channelled into projects that will benefit the whole country, while […]

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Morris & Spottiswood awarded cluster contract by University of Glasgow

Fit out firm Morris & Spottiswood has been awarded five new projects through a framework agreement with the University of Glasgow. The wide-ranging multi-million-pound refurbishment contracts include work to the university’s McCall Building, James Watt South Building, Thomson Building, terraced houses in Professor Square and Level 4 of the Boyd Orr Building. Morris & Spottiswood operations manager, David Thorn, […]

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Government releases £28m tranche of ‘Schools for the Future’ funding

A £28 million investment will be shared between four new schools as part of the fifth phase of the Scottish Government’s £1.8 billion ‘Schools for the Future’ programme. The new projects will see Jedburgh Intergenerational Campus replace Jedburgh Grammar School, Parkside and Howdenburn Primary Schools, in the Scottish Borders and Sighthill Community Campus replace St Stephen’s Primary […]

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Construction commences on £1bn Bertha Park village

Springfield Properties has begun work on site for the 3,000 homes in the new village, Bertha Park, just off the Inveralmond Roundabout in Perth. The new village, complete with 2, 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes, will bring 30 years of work for the housebuilders and approximately 450 jobs to Perth, sustaining hundreds more in the […]

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New images unveiled of extended Waverley platforms

Network Rail has today released new images showing how Edinburgh Waverley’s extended platforms will look once complete. Engineers are currently working in Scotland’s second busiest station to extend platforms 5 and 6, to the east of the station, and 12, to the west. The project will prepare Waverley for the arrival of Virgin East Coast’s new Azuma trains […]

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Drum Property Group secures £17.5m funding deal

Drum Property Group is targeting growth after agreeing an additional £17.5 million finance package with Royal Bank of Scotland. Based in Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh, the developer will use the funding to further expand its residential investment portfolio and continue to invest across Scotland’s central belt. Drum Property Group’s residential investment business is one of the largest […]

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Plan to redevelop former Edinburgh art deco cinema into flats

Glencairn Properties is to submit plans to turn a former iconic Art Deco cinema in Edinburgh into a residential development of around 37 apartments. The State Cinema in Leith closed in 1972 and has since been used as a bingo hall, a nightclub and church. Having acquired the derelict B-listed building, Glencairn Properties said its ISA Architects-designed scheme […]

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Blairgowrie affordable housing project makes history

A property and investment firm claims it has become the first private property developer to receive affordable housing support from the Scottish Government. Carling Property Group (CPG) said it qualified for a ‘six-figure’ sum from the Rural and Islands Housing Fund and has used the cash to convert an ex-school building in Blairgowrie, Perthshire into […]

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Sites allocated for 5,200 houses across Dundee

A new report by Dundee City Council planners has identified a series of sites across the city to accommodate more than 5,200 new homes. Forming part of a major long-term planning strategy for the city, the report includes larger housing sites such as 400 properties at Dykes of Gray as part of the Western Gateway plans, a […]

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£65 Million Investment into Affordable Housing

GHA unveils 105 affordable homes at Govan tram depot site as Wheatley announces further £65 million of private investment FIRST Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited tenants of Glasgow’s latest affordable homes development as Scotland’s largest housing, care and property-management group announced it had secured a further £65 million of private investment. The new funding, in the […]

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Clark Contracts Apprentice Intake 2017

Eleven new trade apprentices have started their careers with construction, refurbishment and maintenance contractor, Clark Contracts.   Following on from the popular careers evenings Clark Contracts held in Paisley and Edinburgh in March and April, 204 applications were received.   As a result, 72 candidates were invited to attend an assessment day to take part […]

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£80 million investment plan for Edinburgh Airport

Building a new extension to Edinburgh Airport’s terminal building is the start of an £80 million investment plan to help the airport handle forecasted record number of passengers. Work has started on the three-story extension which will stretch out from the existing gate 12 area, covering the old east end service yard out to the […]

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Scottish construction ‘innovation factory’ set to open

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre is to officially launch its pioneering Innovation Factory at an industry event next month. The £3 million centre, located at Hamilton International Technology Park in Lanarkshire, will allow anyone within the construction industry to access 30,000 sq. ft. of workshop space filled with state-of-the-art production and prototyping equipment and technology. Construction businesses of all sizes can use the […]

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Ogilvie completes £18.5m Aberdeen school

Ogilvie Construction has successfully completed Aberdeen’s £18.5 million Centre of Excellence, which is the first of its kind in Scotland. Orchard Brae School will be a hub for best practice in supporting pupils with Additional Support Needs (ASN) from across Aberdeen. As well as functioning as a school, Orchard Brae will act as a community hub […]

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Council’s £50m quay walls strategy to play key role in regeneration of the Clyde

Glasgow City Council today (17 August) gave the green light to the next stage of investment into the regeneration of the river Clyde with the approval of a quay walls strategy for the river. Almost £50million of funding from the Glasgow City Region City Deal – focused on a stretch of the Clyde between Albert […]

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Work begins to revive Saughton Park in Edinburgh

A major project to restore Edinburgh’s historic Saughton Park got underway this week with the official commencement of a year-long programme of work. The milestone sees the culmination of five years’ effort to establish the park’s £5.2 million redevelopment, which has been made possible thanks to £3.8m of Heritage Lottery Funding. In 1908, Saughton Park was redesigned to […]

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‘Selective’ bidding bears fruit for Balfour Beatty

Balfour Beatty’s turnaround efforts made further progress at the start of 2017 after the firm’s half-year financial figures revealed a rise in pre-tax profits to £12 million, compared with a £15m loss a year ago. Revenue for the first half of 2017 is also up, from £3,976m to £4,201m. Having spent two years working to simplify […]

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Two ‘significant’ developments given final approval in Dundee

Dundee City Council has granted planning permission to a new Regional Performance Centre for Sport and a business hub comprising co-working space, retail units and rented apartments. Set for a site in the city’s Caird Park, the sports venue will be a hub building with 8-court sports hall, changing accommodation, performance suite, sports science suite, admin accommodation, […]

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450 new homes approved for East Lothian

East Lothian Council has granted Planning Permission in Principle (PPiP) for a major housing proposal that will see 450 new homes built in Longniddry. Ryden submitted the planning application on behalf of developer Socially Conscious Capitaland landowner Wemyss & March Estate. The site, known as Longniddry South, is located at Longniddry Farm to the south of the existing village […]

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First Minister officially opens £500 million motorway project

THE £500 million M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project has been officially opened by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon. The scheme, which has been tipped to reduce journey times by up to 20 minutes and contribute more than £1 billion to Scotland’s economy, includes the new seven mile stretch of the M8. Transport Scotland said the project […]

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Profits boost for Balfour Beatty

BALFOUR Beatty’s “transformation” is progressing after the firm’s half-year financial figures revealed a rise in pre-tax profits to £12 million, compared with a £15 million loss a year ago. Revenue for the first half of 2017 is also up, from £3,976 million to £4,201 million. Group chief executive Leo Quinn said the business was on […]

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Glasgow Housebuilder set to expand Central Belt footprint after financial backing

Glasgow Housebuilder set to expand Central Belt footprint after financial backing A Glasgow-based housebuilder is set to increase its presence across Central Scotland and Ayrshire with the support of a £14 million funding package from Bank of Scotland. Dawn Homes, established in 1972, has a strong reputation for building premium two, three, four and five bedroom […]

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City Building contributes £9m to Glasgow City Council

City Building has almost grown the amount it returns to Glasgow City Council by more than two thirds with over £9 million set to be reinvested in public services across the city, according to its annual results. The construction firm was established as an arm’s length organisation (ALEO) by the local authority in 2006. The financial results for […]

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Scots construction sector seeks to build up workforce

The construction industry has launched an appeal for new talent as figures suggest that tens of thousands of workers are set to retire over the next decade. The Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) said its “Can You Dig It?” campaign has been timed to coincide with the exam results season, and encourages Scottish students to […]

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Scotland Build Returns for 2017

Scotland Build is back on November 22nd & 23rd with more content, more networking and more entertainment than ever before, and you can sign up for a free ticket today. More than just your standard exhibition, Scotland Build features over 50 hours of CPD accredited content, to allow you to develop your own skills, and […]

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Robertson Group secures Scotland’s first Ultra Site status for AECC

The construction of the Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre (AECC) has been designated national Ultra Site status – the highest level of attainment with the Considerate Constructors Scheme. Robertson Group said it achieved the prestigious status by taking considerate construction to the highest level through spearheading increased collaboration and raising industry standards within the project’s supply chain. The multi-million pound […]

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Architects welcome ‘important’ new guidance for site inspections

New interim guidance published by the Scottish Government for site inspection in the public sector has been described as “a positive step” by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). Issued yesterday in the wake of the Cole report, which followed an independent inquiry into the closure of 17 Edinburgh schools over construction faults, […]

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£150m regeneration masterplan unveiled for Falkirk town centre

‘Visionary’ plans designed to revitalise the centre of Falkirk and develop 6.7 acres of council-owned land around Grahamston railway station have been unveiled by property development firm Bellair. The £150 million masterplan presents proposals drawn by 3DReid for a mixed-use development with two main regeneration anchors: a new civic centre to house Falkirk Council and its key services and a […]

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Work Begins On £31.2 million A737 Upgrade

Mr Yousaf was on-site to break ground on the new bypass which will be built to the east of the North Ayrshire town. The project will involve the construction of a four kilometre bypass as well as two new roundabouts, at Hillend and Highfield, and a viaduct to carry the new road over the River […]

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CALA Homes World Heritage Site selects BAM for landmark development

THE LEAD contractor for a landmark development within Edinburgh’s World Heritage Site has been confirmed. Following the signing of a contract worth more than £30 million, BAM Construction will deliver the main shell and core structure of The Crescent by CALA Homes, a sweeping curve of 84 glass-fronted, contemporary new residences set within one of […]

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Largest self and custom build report reveals six per cent industry growth

A new market report, that is the largest of its kind, has revealed the self and custom build industry is growing at a rate of 6.25 per cent year-on-year, marking its third consecutive annual spike. At its current pace, the sector is estimated to reach 16,500 housing completions by 2020. According to the Self & […]

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Scottish Housebuilder welcomes public sector investment in housing

Government pledges to build more affordable homes will benefit housebuilders, a director of Elgin-based Springfield Properties has said. Tom Leggeat, managing director of Springfield Partnerships, has said his firm was on target to deliver 1,500 affordable homes across Scotland by 2020. The business handed over 174 affordable homes last year and plans to complete over 300 by May 2018 […]

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12 best new buildings in Scotland revealed in RIAS architecture awards

The Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) has revealed the 12 winners of its 2017 awards representing the very best of current Scottish architecture. Announced at its Awards Dinner in Edinburgh last night, the RIAS Awards 2017 winners will now all be shortlisted for the RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award, to be presented […]

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New homes plan for Newton Mearns given green light

PLANS to build more than 800 new homes on the outskirts of Newton Mearns have been given the go-ahead. East Renfrewshire councillors have given their backing to the development at Maidenhill, which is being built by Cala Homes and Taylor Wimpey. The builders say that the scheme will bring significant investment to the area, but […]

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CALA Homes start work on Donaldson’s College conversion

CALA Homes have moved on-site of a new build residential project called The Crescent located within the grounds of Edinburgh’s former Donaldson’s College – which will itself be converted to form new apartments. Designs by Richard Murphy Architects call for full restoration of the A-listed Playfair building along with extensive landscaping works including the removal […]

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Bidders welcomed for A737 realignment project

Transport Scotland has published a contract notice inviting bids from construction companies for an upgrade to the A737. The A737 Den Realignment project involves upgrades to approximately one km of the existing A737 between Beith and Dalry, including new junctions. The notice, submitted for publication in the Public Contract Scotland (PCS), follows the £31.2 million A737 […]

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Housebuilding helps drive construction growth to 17-month high

UK construction companies have reported an increase in business activity at the fastest rate for 17 months. The latest Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Managers’ Index, a monthly survey of construction buyers, rose to 56 in May, up from 53.1 in April. The survey revealed the fastest upturn in residential work since the end of 2015, […]

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Stuart Parker to head up Morgan Sindall’s Scottish construction business

Morgan Sindall has appointed a new managing director for its construction business in Scotland. Stuart Parker, who has been the business development director for Morgan Sindall’s construction business in Scotland since 2015, will take over from current MD Harry Thorburn, who will be retiring at the end of the year. Prior to joining the senior […]

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Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and Considerate Constructors Scheme launch new initiative to support mental health agenda

The Lighthouse Construction Industry Charity and the Considerate Constructors Scheme have launched a new initiative to help support the mental health agenda in the construction industry. Considerate Constructors Scheme registered sites, companies and suppliers can now provide their workforce with handy wallet-sized Construction Industry Helpline cards, as well as displaying posters to advertise the services. […]

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More organisations build the case for construction ahead of General Election

The Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB), Scottish Renewables and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) have all released manifestos outlining key policy proposals to support construction and infrastructure ahead of the General Election. In order to improve policy making and provide a better understanding of the construction industry’s contribution to society, the CIOB has outlined […]

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Esh Border Construction unveils new social housing framework partnerships

Esh Border Construction has announced a raft of new multi-million pound framework partnerships within Scotland’s social housing sector. The Livingston-based company has built on its social housing successes by signing up with Link Group, Kingdom Housing Association, Hillcrest Housing Association, Places for People, LAR Housing Trust, Thenue Housing Association and City of Edinburgh Housing Assessment […]

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A737 Dalry bypass contract to be awarded

Transport Scotland intends to award a contract to construct the A737 Dalry Bypass to Farrans Roadbridge Joint Venture, subject to a mandatory standstill period. These complex works will include the construction of a four kilometre bypass, which will consist of two roundabouts, at Hillend and Highfield, and a viaduct to enable road users to travel […]

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Construction trade associations publish election manifesto wish lists

Trade associations from the UK’s construction sector have put housebuilding, training and procurement reform at the forefront of their wish lists ahead of next month’s general election. Publishing their respective election manifestos the lobby groups have detailed what commitments they would like to see from the major political parties. In its Manifesto for the Built […]

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Kit homes expansion set to drive business at architects

AN architecture practice which designs kit homes based on a traditional Hebridean style has unveiled plans to more than double in size, and called for further automation in the construction industry. Dualchas Architects was formed in 1996 by twin brothers Alasdair and Neil Stephen and the Skye-based practice is celebrating its 21st anniversary with a […]

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Planning bid for hundreds of homes in Peebles

Plans have been submitted which could see the creation of about 200 new houses in Peebles, 50 of which would be affordable. Builders Taylor Wimpey and property developer and investor AWG Property want to build the properties on land east of Kittlegairy View in the Borders town. Planning permission in principle is being sought for […]

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Shieldhall Tunnel in Glasgow reaches half way stage

Construction of the biggest waste water tunnel ever to be built in Scotland has reached the half-way stage. Scottish Water’s flagship Shieldhall Tunnel project, in the south of Glasgow, passed the milestone yesterday when the state-of-the-art tunnel boring machine (TBM) building it reached a point under Pollok Park. The £100m tunnel, which will enable Scottish […]

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Dunbeg Masterplan of 600 affordable homes approved

Link’s ‘Dunbeg Development Corridor Masterplan’ of 600 new homes has been approved by Argyll and Bute Council. The Masterplan seeks to transform the Dunbeg Corridor area into a family orientated, vibrant and sustainable rural place where people will choose to live, work and visit and which is at one with its greatest assets of stunning […]

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Expansion plans at Scotland’s largest planned new town

The developer behind Scotland’s largest planned new town has signalled its continued confidence in the North East as it agrees a number of new contracts. The £5 million investment by Elsick Development Company (EDC) will pave the way for the next stage of development at the Chapelton site. The expansion plans include a further 250 […]

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Morrison Construction Appointed For £63.5 Million Knockroon Learning Campus

Morrison Construction has been appointed preferred contractor to deliver one of Scotland’s largest and most ambitious education projects through a two-stage design and build process. The proposed Knockroon Learning and Enterprise Campus in Cumnock aims to create a state-of-the-art educational and recreational environment for the whole community. Subject to planning approval, it will be the […]

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Construction output continues upward trajectory despite February dip

Output in the UK construction sector fell in February with a 7.3% decrease in infrastructure providing one of the main downward pressures, the latest figures reveal. Sharp falls in infrastructure and as well as new private housing saw UK construction output dip 1.7 per cent in February, its biggest drop in almost a year, according […]

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Huge Development for House Building in the UK

New homes can now be built in just five days Construction giants H+H UK Ltd and SIG Offsite have launched a new house building system which sees homes built in just five days. The SIG I-House combines all the speed of offsite construction with the familiarity of a traditional build – from foundations to roof […]

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National Construction framework – Contract Award

Following a rigorous procurement process, four highly regarded contractors, supported by an extensive local supply chain, have been appointed to lead the new National Construction framework.  The National Construction framework will see Willmott Dixon, Robertson, Wates and Lendlease appointed as lead contractors, supported by a supply chain network of over 70,000 SMEs. The new lot structure […]

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Scotland needs a clearer national development roadmap

Planners have called on the Scottish Government to establish national development priorities across Scotland and map them out clearly in a new National Development Plan (NDP). More specfic plans needed to drive growth In its response to the Scottish Government consultation paper on the future of the Scottish planning system, RTPI Scotland says Scotland needs […]

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Queen Street redevelopment gets ministerial approval

Scottish Ministers have today given formal approval to an application by Network Rail to undertake major redevelopment works at Glasgow Queen Street Station. The Transport and Works Scotland (TAWS) Order triggers the latest phase of this ambitious improvement programme which, on completion, will give one of Scotland’s key rail hubs a major facelift. The main […]

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Scotland-wide hub programme supporting over 9,000 construction jobs

The value of community-based facilities under construction across the Scotland-wide hub programme has reached £1.16 billion and is supporting over 9,000 jobs, figures published today by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) have revealed. Within the hub programme, nearly 40 schools are under construction along with several community health facilities and care homes. Major projects being […]

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Queensferry Crossing opening delayed

THE Queensferry Crossing has been delayed once again, with the opening now expected by the end of August this year. The Forth Road Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) has said it needs more time to complete the project due to the number of clear weather windows being fewer than expected, delaying weather dependent works. Tower cranes […]

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Lidl Given Green Light to Build HQ in North Lanarkshire

North Lanarkshire Council has today granted planning permission to supermarket chain Lidl for a new Scottish Regional Distribution Centre (RDC) at Eurocentral. The food retailer is planning a multi-million pound investment in the relocation of its 400 strong workforce from Livingston to the new site, located off Coddington Crescent, which the company secured in 2016. The planned 58,000 m² […]

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Craigpark Quarry near Ratho to be turned into surfing lake

Plans for a multi-million pound artificial surfing lake on the outskirts of Edinburgh are to be unveiled at a series of public consultation events. Wavegarden Scotland wants to turn Craigpark Quarry pit near Ratho into a huge lake with a machine recreating waves for any level of surfer. The planned site lies across from the […]

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Progress Made At Landmark Regeneration Project by CCG

CCG commenced work on one of Scotland’s most innovative residential housing developments last year and since then, we have made strong progress as we eagerly anticipate the delivery of the structural material that will be used for the building known as Cross Laminated Timber (CLT). Located on Ellerslie Road in Yoker, Glasgow, the development will […]

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Green light for University of Glasgow’s £1bn campus masterplan

The University of Glasgow has secured planning approval for its £1 billion campus masterplan to develop the former Western Infirmary site. The campus project, one of the biggest education developments in Scotland, will see an estimated investment of £1bn over 10 years – higher than the public investment in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. The first […]

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Property 2016 explores the future of UK property industry

In a week when, across the Atlantic, the unexpected happened, it was reassuring to find that some certainties remain. In Edinburgh’s city centre it was business as usual, as leading players from the property industry gathered at Property 2016, an event now in its 17th year, which delivered as predicted a stellar speaker line up […]

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CITB and Homes for Scotland launch fund to train non-trade employees

The Construction Industry Training Board(CITB) and Homes for Scotland (HFS) have launched a new £250,000 scheme to train non-trade employees. With the number of homes being built in Scotland still 40 per cent down on pre-recession levels, skill shortages are a major barrier to a much-needed increase in supply. However, the issue affects much more […]

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Esh Border Construction targets fresh growth opportunities with new Livingston base

Esh Border Construction has launched its new base in Livingston which the firm hopes will provide a key strategic lynchpin as it looks to build on its success in Scotland. The company, part of Esh Group, commenced its Livingston operation in March last year, and it has continued to enjoy a steady pipeline of development […]

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Taylor Wimpey confident of delivering strong sales despite Brexit vote

Housebuilder Taylor Wimpey said it expects to increase its full-year operating profit margin as demand failed to dampen in light of uncertainty surrounding the Brexit vote. Trading at the FTSE 100 firm remained “resilient” during the second half of this year with 0.70 homes sold per week over the period, down slightly from 0.74 in(…) […]

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Aberdeenshire to Build More than 2,500 New Affordable Homes

Aberdeenshire Council has announced “ambitious plans” to create more than 2,500 affordable homes by 2022 at a cost of £135 million. The council’s draft strategic housing investment plan estimates that around £95 million of the total cost involved in creating 2,516 new properties could be secured through the Scottish Government’s resource planning assumptions. Under the […]

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V&A Dundee Hits Construction Milestone

A major milestone in the construction of V&A Museum of Design Dundee has been reached, with the completion of the upper floor revealing for the first time an extensive public area which will house galleries, learning spaces and a restaurant. At ground floor V&A Dundee is two separate buildings, which connect on the second floor. […]

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Profit, turnover and home sales increase at Cruden Group

Construction and residential development business Cruden Group has recorded its seventeenth consecutive year of profitable trading after announcing an increase in turnover, profit and home sales. Since its formation in 1943, the Group has built or modernised over 130,000 homes and currently delivers around 1,200 properties every year. The Group’s focus on innovation, energy efficiency, regeneration and […]

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Stewart Milne Group to continue expansion plans with £185m loan deal

Stewart Milne Group has secured a £185 million banking facility to pursue its long-term strategy of focussed growth and geographical expansion. The funding package with Bank of Scotland has been put in place as the group embarks on a number of new residential developments, increasing its presence across Scotland and the North West of England. The locations […]

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New 27-acre satellite business district planned for Glasgow

Commercial property developer Highbridge Properties has today launched what will be a new satellite business district for Glasgow and one of the UK’s largest office parks, at the former Shawfield development in Clyde Gateway. The development, branded Magenta at Clyde Gateway, will comprise 1.2 million square feet of office space set on 27 acres next to the River […]

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Development of new Jaguar Land Rover showroom begins in Ayr

A new state-of-the-art car showroom is being constructed in Ayr by Glasgow-based manufacturing company CCG (Scotland) Ltd. Located on Heathfield Road, the new Parks of Hamilton facility will showcase Jaguar and Land Rover in a generous space adjacent to the company’s current showroom on the corner of Heathfield Road and Lochfield Road.  Once complete, the new […]

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Robertson announces record turnover of £453m

Infrastructure, support services and construction business Robertson Group is targeting continued success after unveiling record figures for the last financial year. The Stirling-based group delivered a record year of turnover of £453 million and its strongest ever forward order book thanks to growth in all of its 19 companies. In its audited accounts for the […]

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Aberdeen rental development welcomes first tenants

THE first tenants of a new community in Aberdeen built specifically for the rental market have moved in. Forbes Place by Dandara Living is the first private rental scheme (PRS) to be developed in the city, constructed in response to high-demand for homes for lease which provide security of tenure. The development, which features 276 […]

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SCOTTISH Building Briefs – September 26th

The Arches at New Waverley named Commercial Project of the Year New Waverley is delighted to announce that The Arches has been awarded the covetedCommercial Project of the Year title in the Herald Property Awards for Scotland. The prestigious award recognises the huge progress that The Arches has made in 2016, transforming a formerly neglected […]

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Prince’s Trust ‘Gets into Civil Engineering’ on Aberdeen Bypass

Cabinet Secretary for economy, jobs and fair Work, Keith Brown has announced that the construction contractor for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project is to help deliver the Prince’s Trust‘s first ever ‘Get into Civil Engineering’ programme in the north east. The project contractor, AWPR Construction Joint Venture, along with Balfour Beatty, […]

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Strong Kier Construction Scotland performance helps drive strong group full year results

Kier Group plc, the parent company of Kier Construction Scotland, has today announced its full-year results for the year to 30 June 2016. A strong performance from Kier Construction Scotland, which has a turnover in excess of £150m per annum and employs over 200 people from its offices in Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness and Newcastle, has […]

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Barratt to Ramp Up Timber Frame to One in 10 Homes

Volume house builder Barratt is ramping up its timber-frame and offsite housing to increase production of new homes. The firm, which built its business on timer-frame, revealed that by next year timber-frame homes will be used on around 1,300 plots. This equates to 10% of total private completions and an increase of nearly a third […]

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Partnership creates homes and jobs in Dumfries & Galloway

Loreburn Housing Association and construction firm Ashleigh (Scotland) Ltd recently celebrated a major milestone with the completion of their 500th new home across Dumfries & Galloway as a partnership. The latest project is a mixed development of 23 new properties for social rent in Kirkcudbright. The homes are the newest additions to Loreburn Housing Association’s stock of over 2,200 […]

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New national centre builds Cumbernauld’s reputation for electrical innovation

Construction has started on a new technology centre in Cumbernauld that will test and de-risk the use of high voltage direct current (HVDC) on the electricity network in Great Britain. The National HVDC Centre, which will be the first of its kind in the UK, is due to open in 2017, creating eight new high-skilled […]

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Springfield Properties to build 1,700 new homes with more in the pipeline

Springfield Properties is set to significantly contribute to the Scottish housing market after receiving approval for over 1,700 new homes at 13 sites so far in 2016. Located from Motherwell to Forres and Dornoch to Edinburgh, the new homes will cover an area of more than 350 hectares which is the equivalent of 175 football […]

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Demolition firm to explore Orkney decommissioning facility plan

A demolition company is to investigate Orkney as a potential location for a new facility to decommission redundant oil and gas rigs. Birmingham-based DSM Demolition has held early discussions with Orkney Islands Council and visited Lyness on Hoy to carry out an initial assessment. The company believes that Lyness has the capacity to provide a […]

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Construction Industry in Need for a Technology Revolution

THE CONSTRUCTION industry in Scotland requires a “technology revolution” if it is to maximise profitability and efficiency in the 21st century. The comments were made by Stephen Good, chief executive of Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC), an industry support group that encourages collaboration between construction firms, and with academics to further innovation in what Mr […]

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Student accommodation plan for Jumpin’ Jaks nightclub site in Glasgow

Plans have been lodged with Glasgow City Council for an 185-bed student housing development on the site of the dilapidated Jumpin’ Jaks nightclub on Sauchiehall Street. If approved, the proposed development, adjoining the world-renowned Glasgow School of Artcampus, will also include roof gardens, study rooms, common areas and a cinema room. At street level it […]

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MP encouraged by Kier’s Highland plans

LOCAL MP Drew Hendry recently visited Kier Construction’s Inverness base to hear about the various projects the firm is delivering and discuss the construction sector’s role in boosting the economy. The SNP MP for Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey also learned about Kier’s outreach work with school pupils that introduces them to the industry at an early age, and the various […]

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Tennis ace nets Speirs Gumley sponsorship

SPEIRS Gumley is sponsoring Britain’s top wheelchair tennis player as he goes for Gold at next month’s Paralympics in Rio. Wimbledon champion Gordon Reid, from Alexandria in West Dunbartonshire, started playing tennis as a youngster but contracted a rare neurological condition in 2004 and lost the use of his legs. He began playing wheelchair tennis in 2005 […]

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New Glasgow base gives KPMG room to grow

SENIOR management at KPMG have been given a preview of the firm’s new Glasgow offices, which are being built to aid expansion plans. Around 350 Glasgow based staff will transfer to the new premises this autumn when KPMG moves from its existing base in West George Street in Glasgow to St. Vincent Plaza. ISG is currently transforming the top three […]

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Balfour Beatty accounts show solid progress

BALFOUR Beatty has reported an underlying pre-tax profit of £7 million for the half-year ended July 1 – a dramatic improvement on the £130 million loss over the same period last year. Underlying revenue is down 6% to £4,024 million while the order book is up 7% to £12.4 billion. The UK construction business reported an […]

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Robertson lays the groundwork for refurbishment project

ROBERTSON has started enabling works on a £12 million project at the University of Edinburgh’s Darwin building.  The work will last 18 months, with the site being prepared for refurbishment as it undergoes a “significant evolution” to create world class research and teaching space. The Darwin building is part of the School of Biological Sciences. The 1960s tower block sits within […]

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Stylish revamps for Edinburgh properties

KNIGHT Property Group has completed the refurbishment of two Edinburgh city centre properties. An investment of around £10 million was made between No2 Castle Terrace and 110 George Street, with both buildings described as being situated in “highly desirable” locations. Knight Property Group said works at Castle Terrace involved an “extensive refurbishment” including an overhaul of the new entrance […]

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Major investment helps keep Deer Park above par

The Muir Group has announced a six figure investment in its country club and golf course, Deer Park. Some of Scotland’s construction firms will join professional golfers and businesses from other sectors this week to play the revamped course at the annual EMTEC Deer Park Masters. £90,000 was spent on upgrading the course and buying new equipment for […]

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Richie is Britain’s best brickie

A Tillicoultry bricklayer has fought off competition from thousands of entries to be crowned Britain’s Top Tradesperson 2016. Richie Maxwell (30) won the competition, organised by Screwfix, earning himself the keys to a brand new Toyota Hilux or PROACE vehicle. Richie, who trades under the name RDM Elite Builders Ltd, impressed judges at the national final at […]

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Roads Maintenance Small Works Framework Contract 2016 – 2020

Title: Roads Maintenance Small Works Framework Contract 2016 – 2020 Published by: Clackmannanshire Council Publication Date: 29/07/2016 Deadline Date: 02/09/2016 Deadline Time: 12:00 Notice Type: Contract Notice Has Documents: Yes Abstract: Clackmannanshire Council Roads and Transportation Section are offering the tender opportunity to Contractors that would be interested in providing personnel suitable for undertaking roads […]

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Competition watchdog clears Breedon takeover of Hope

The Competition and Markets Authority has cleared the way for Breedon to buy rival Hope Construction Materials after accepting plans to offload 14 ready-mixed concrete sites. Breedon’s chairman Peter Tom is eyeing further acquisitions Breedon now aims to complete the takeover deal on 1 August to creating a building materials group with one of the country’s […]

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Record turnover for Turner & Townsend

TURNER & Townsend increased turnover by 8% to a record £409 million in the year ended 30 April 2016 despite “volatile” market conditions. The professional services consultancy also saw a 9% rise in profit after tax to £30 million. The firm, which employs nearly 4,300 staff across 97 offices globally, confirmed it has now achieved six consecutive years […]

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Breedon gets green light to complete Hope acquisition

THE Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared Breedon Aggregates’ £336 million acquisition of Hope Construction Materials. The takeover had been delayed after the CMA outlined potential competition concerns earlier this year relating to some ready-mix concrete (RMX) sites and warned an in-depth merger investigation could take place unless Breedon offered an acceptable solution. In response, Breedon agreed […]

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JLL confirms ten promotions

JLL has promoted ten members of staff in Scotland as part of the property consultancy’s bid to “develop and retain” the firm’s best people. The appointments include four senior staff members becoming local directors. The new local directors, promoted from associate director, are Alan Bennett (Healthcare), Allan Briggs (Affordable Housing), and Kenny Myles (Project and Development […]

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Princes Street BHS Store Earmarked for £50m Revamp

Plans have been unveiled to transform the BHS store in Edinburgh’s Princes Street into two new shops, a hotel and restaurant. The £50 million overhaul will see the B-listed property subdivided to form a 50,000sq/ft retail unit fronting onto both Princes Street and Rose Street, a 140 bed hotel and a ‘destination’ rooftop restaurant. The […]

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Contractors hit by concrete block shortages

Sites are being hit by a shortage of concrete blocks as production struggles to keep up with demand. Supply problems are most acute with aircrete blocks as raw materials used in their manufacture run dry. The blocks use pulverised fuel ash (PFA) as a raw material which is a by-product of coal fired power generation. […]

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Dunne bosses blame collapse on bankers

The collapse of the Dunne Group is being blamed on bankers pulling a credit line for the concrete specialist at the eleventh hour. Dunne ceased trading on Tuesday with the loss of 524 jobs. Sources inside the failed firm contacted the Enquirer to reveal what happened in the final hours of the firm as it […]

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McLaughlin & Harvey first to achieve BIM Level 2

McLaughlin & Harvey is the first construction company in Scotland to be awarded BRE Global BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification. Barclay Chalmers, McLaughlin & Harvey Construction managing director, said, “We are very proud of achieving this highly respected certification, and in particular of being the first construction company in Scotland to do so. “Being […]

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New Eastwood Health and Care Centre nearly complete after handover

The new Eastwood Health and Care Centre moves closer to completion as the building’s keys were recently handed over. East Renfrewshire Health and Social Care Partnership (HSCP), NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde (NHSGGC) and East Renfrewshire Council are delivering the £15 million project in partnership with hub West Scotland and the Scottish Futures Trust. The […]

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Balfour bags contract at £1bn One Nine Elms

Balfour Beatty will start work on the £1bn One Nine Elms development near Vauxhall after developer Dalian Wanda Group secured financing for the scheme. Balfour has beaten Brookfield Multiplex to the job to deliver two luxury residential towers. Dalian Wanda has signed a pre-construction services agreement with Balfour with a final contract set to be […]

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New appointment for Robertson Property team

UK infrastructure company Robertson Property has added a new member to its North of England team. Dan White has been appointed as development director; a move that the company said “is expected to attract new business from some of the UK’s largest institutional investors and occupiers”. Dan, who has over a decade of property and […]

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Esh puts brakes on growth

The Durham-based firm, which now has offices in Yorkshire, Cumbria and Scotland, generated revenue of £275m last year, similar to 2014. But pre-tax profit slipped back from £9.5m to £8.6m, while cash balances were also slightly down on the previous year at £29m. Brian Manning, CEO, said: “2015 was always anticipated as a year of consolidation in […]

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£11m project to create 50 jobs in Edinburgh

MNM Developments Scot has secured £7.7m in funding towards a new build property scheme in Edinburgh that will create 50 jobs for the local area. The 51 modern apartments on Marionville Road The £11m project will see the residential property expert invest in larger, modern properties in Edinburgh city centre, meeting a growing demand from […]

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Architect to lead Edinburgh schools construction probe

Architect and procurement expert John Coles has been appointed to lead the enquiry into construction problems which shut 17 schools across Edinburgh earlier this year. Coles has worked in the public sector for 30 years specialising in “seeking to improve the quality of design, procurement and construction of new buildings.” The enquiry will start this […]

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Subcontractor on delayed Glasgow renewable energy centre in administration

Waste gasification specialist Energos, which is involved in an ongoing contract to deliver a recycling and renewable energy centre in Glasgow, has fallen into administration following contractual disputes with its two main contractors. The firm, which also had ongoing contracts in Derby, Milton Keynes and the Isle of Wight, specialised in the supply of energy from […]

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MNM Begins Work on £11m Edinburgh Housing Project

Property developer MNM Developments has started work on an £11 million residential scheme in the heart of Edinburgh. The project, on Marionville Road, near Meadowbank Stadium, is scheduled for completion in early 2017 and is being supported by a £7.7 million funding package from Bank of Scotland. MNM said the 51 apartment development will bring […]

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Gleeds to manage £75m Glasgow BHS redevelopment

Gleeds, has been named project manager and cost manager for a £75m Glasgow city centre development. Plans include the provision of a 12-storey new build element, incorporating 130,000 sq ft of Grade A office space on Bath Street, as well as the remodelling and refurbishment of a second building, formerly home to retailer BHS. Improvements […]

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Interserve £70m contract delay subbie in administration

Energy from waste plant specialist Energos has gone into administration blaming disputes with main contractors. The company had four ongoing contracts to help with the construction of waste plants in Derby, Glasgow, Milton Keynes and the Isle of Wight. Interserve revealed in May that it was setting aside a £70m provision at its construction division […]

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GRAHAM Breaks Ground on £27.6m NHS Lothian Project

Work begins on first of three Health and Social Care Centres. GRAHAM Construction has officially commenced work on the first of three health and social care centres it is completing as part of a £27.6 million programme of investment in NHS infrastructure for Edinburgh and West Lothian. Maureen Watt, MSP and Minister for Mental Health […]

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Contract awarded for new Torvean Golf Course

The contract for building the new Torvean Golf Course has been awarded to Coffey Construction Ltd & EGS Golf Ltd Joint Venture Partnership. The Tender value is £5.575million for the golf course construction and Torvean Housing site preparation works. Construction will commence on 15 August 2016 and will be playable in 2019. The new course […]

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Big-hearted apprentices in £10,000 charity boost

APPRENTICES at Glasgow’s City Building LLP have raised £10,000 towards the new Prince & Princess of Wales Hospice by taking part in a number of charity events. The donation has been made to the Brick by Brick Appeal following a charity football match, golf tournament, sponsored walks and bake offs. Staff pledged to raise the cash after joining the hospice’s 50/10 […]

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John Lewis Leith Street Entrance Launch

McLaughlin & Harvey has launched the new Leith Street entrance to the John Lewis Edinburgh store. The entrance is part of major enabling works associated with the Edinburgh St. James Redevelopment Project. The new entrance was launched by staff from John Lewis, as part of a wider incentive initiative run by the Retailer. Richard Restrick, […]

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Cruden Homes Lodge Plans to Build 107 Aberlady Houses

Cruden Homes has filed plans with East Lothian Council to build 107 houses in Aberlady off Kirk Road on land owned by Wemyss and March Estates. Incorporating a range of two to five bedroom properties the development will plug into the existing village and will entail construction of a new link connecting Kirk Road to […]

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Historic Edinburgh school set for transformation

An ex-school situated next to Edinburgh’s Royal Mile is to be turned into a luxury boutique hotel and restaurant. The C-listed Canongate Venture building is to become an aparthotel, managed by Apple Apartments. The move is part of the £150 million New Waverley development in the Capital’s Old Town. Plans for the building include converting the original […]

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Builders Launch Mental Health in Construction Training

Surveys suggest that more than 80% of workers in the construction industry suffer from some degree of work-related stress. This can include anxiety or depression and may lead to physical issues such as stomach ulcers and increased risk of heart attack. In an industry, where workers face demands such as heavy workloads, tight deadlines and […]

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A common Sense solution to rising energy costs?

Gerry Kennedy (right) chats to Martin Docherty-Hughes MP at the launch of CircoSense Gary Moug meets the Clydebank firm behind a new product tipped to provide businesses with huge savings on hot water A Clydebank firm has developed a product it claims could dramatically cut energy bills in commercial buildings. CircoSense works by learning the […]

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Portuguese Contractor in Chase for £38m Dalry Bypass

Transport for Scotland has shortlisted four teams to bid for the A737 Dalry Bypass, including Portuguese contractor Somague Engenharia. The scheme involves building a 4km bypass and associated junctions to the east of Dalry and will connect with the existing A737 trunk road. The shortlisted bidders includes Balfour Beatty; a Farrans Construction and Roadbridge joint venture; Interserve Construction; and […]

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Ministerial statement on delivery of rail projects in Scotland

Speaking in relation to major rail improvement projects Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: ”I am very concerned and disappointed with Network Rail’s latest programme assessment for Scotland, which identifies significant risk of not meeting  previously committed delivery milestones and increasing cost estimates. “Of particular concern, Network Rail has informed Transport Scotland that the Edinburgh-Glasgow line […]

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Balfour Beatty Seals Deal to Start £47m Aberdeen Academy

Hub North Scotland and Aberdeen City Council have reached financial close on a £47m deal to build a 1,350-pupil academy on the Bobby Calder Park site. Contractor Balfour Beatty can now start full construction of the secondary school, which will eventually replace the existing Kincorth Academy and Torry Academy. Robertson FM has also been appointed […]

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Marley to take up hub West Scotland role

IAIN Marley has been named the new chief executive of hub West Scotland. Iain, who takes up his new role in September, has been working in an NPD development position as project director at the City of Glasgow College. Prior to that, he led on the development of the Pacific Quay programme for the BBC in Scotland. Bill […]

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Work begins on multi-million pound Aberdeen conference centre

CONSTRUCTION has started on Aberdeen’s new “world class” exhibition and conference centre, which is tipped to bring an extra 31,000 business tourists to Scotland annually. Aberdeen City Council and development partner, Henry Boot Developments Ltd, have taken part in a ground-breaking ceremony at the site of the multi-million pound project, which will also include three new […]

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Lessons in Minecraft to help next generation build the future

More than 400,000 UK construction workers are set to retire between 2018 and 2023 creating an urgent need to attract a new generation of construction professionals. ‘Craft your Future’, developed by the Chartered Institute of Building, is a construction game aimed at 12-14 year olds that takes place in Minecraft.  Through it young learners explore […]

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Construction Starts on 3 New Hydro Projects

Gilkes Energy is pleased to announce that construction has started on 3 new hydro projects. The three projects, all located on the Attadale Estate near Loch Carron, are all different installed capacities and configurations: Strathan Hydro is a 0.5MW, high-head, low-flow project incorporating a three intakes, a high pressure pipeline and a Gilkes twin-jet Pelton […]

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J Murphy returns to profit after staff cuts

Civil engineering specialist J Murphy and Sons has returned to profit after putting a loss-making contract behind it for a fat-fired combined heat and power project in Beckton, East London. The firm delivered an operating profit of £2.5m last year after running up a near £16m operating loss in 2014, largely down to the problem […]

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Esh celebrates Scottish contract wins

ESH Border Construction has announced a number of new business wins in Scotland. The company is part of Esh Group and has enjoyed a “steady pipeline” of work since opening an office in Livingston last year. The firm said new contract wins include; A £2 million deal to extend three primary schools for West Lothian Council The construction […]

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Positive response to planning recommendations

BUILDERS have welcomed the findings of the “game-changing” review into Scotland’s planning system. An independent panel has published its report, titled “Empowering Planning to Deliver Great Places”, featuring 48 recommendations, which will now be considered by the Scottish Government. The review focused on six key themes – development planning; housing delivery; planning for infrastructure; development management; leadership, […]

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Scottish Water plans £15m Waste Water Treatment Works in Inverurie

Scottish Water is submitting a planning application for a state-of-the-art Waste Water Treatment Works upgrade at its site in Inverurie. If approved, the work will be carried out by Scottish Water’s alliance partner Efficient Service Delivery (ESD), a joint venture between Galliford Try, MWH Treatment and Black and Veatch. The planned improvement directly follows a […]

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