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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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Green light for nearly 200 homes on Cambuslang Hoover site

Planning permission has been approved for almost 200 houses to be built on the former Hoover site in Cambuslang. Hoover opened the factory in Cambuslang in 1946, where it operated until its closure in 2005. The buildings were demolished in 2008, at which point the site was cleared and regraded. The development on the 15.6-hectare […]

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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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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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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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Scotland switches to project bank accounts

From 31 October, project bank accounts will be a tender requirement on building projects over £4m and civil engineering projects valued over £10m. The Scottish Government has been co-ordinating trials for a couple of years and contractors received the first project bank account payment from NHS Lanarkshire on two work packages worth £1.4m at Monklands Hospital […]

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CCS begins search for new directors

THE Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) is on the hunt for new board directors. Isabel Martinson, who was appointed executive chairman of the Scheme in July, is looking for senior representatives from both within and outside the construction industry to expand the CCS to move to the ‘next level’, to further enhance the construction industry’s image and reputation.  […]

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‘Enhanced’ timber frame solution for new Dundee site

A 23-home residential housing development has been launched in Dundee city centre. Created by Glasgow-based CCG, the Lochlee Wynd project is located just off Glamis Road, minutes from the city centre. The site features 17 three and four bedroom homes and a single block of six flats.   CCG said the firm will construct the development using an “enhanced” timber […]

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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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Building Briefs – September 9th

£1m Castlemilk community centre gets go ahead A new youth and community centre costing just short of a million pounds is coming to Castlemilk after a campaign led by Thenue Housing. Big Lottery Scotland is to provide £995,000 from its Growing Community Assets Fund – one of the biggest community cash windfalls Castlemilk has ever […]

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Infrastructure planning review scoops prestigious award

Mark Robertson (partner, Ryden), Fiona Clandillon (associate, Ryden) and Trudi Elliott (RTPI chief executive) A review led by Edinburgh-based consultancy Ryden into the effectiveness and challenges of delivering infrastructure in Scotland has won the Planning Consultancy Award at the Royal Town Planning Institute’s (RTPI) Awards for Research Excellence. The report’s contains 35 recommendations, including more […]

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Programme for Government 2016-17 – Construction at a glance

After First Minister Nicola Sturgeon set out the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government to MSPs at Holyrood yesterday, Scottish Construction Now highlights the details and responses of interest to construction and the wider sector. Infrastructure investment Over this Parliament, almost £20bn will be invested in a major infrastructure programme designed to help build Scotland’s future. […]

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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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Homes for Scotland laments lack of homes within Edinburgh’s LDP

The long-awaited approval of Edinburgh’s Local Development Plan (LDP) will not deliver the number of homes that the city needs, Homes for Scotland (HFS) has warned. Approved by councillors yesterday, the LDP has scope for the provision of thousands of new homes but the industry body HFS believes the ‘planning by appeal’ process, which has dogged […]

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Community infrastructure work linked to ‘hub’ programme tops £1bn

Hundreds of small to medium-sized construction and property firms are said to be benefitting from increased workloads as the value of construction work linked to the Scotland-wide ‘hub’ programme has increased to more than £1 billion. Figures published today by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) show the value of schools, health centres and town-centre facilities […]

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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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HVDC Centre brings a spark to Cumbernauld

Simon Marshall, Jamie Hepburn MSP and Calum Murray at the site of The National HVDC Centre CONSTRUCTION work has started on a “first of its kind” technology centre in Cumbernauld that will test the use of high voltage direct current (HVDC) on Britain’s electricity network. The National HVDC Centre is due to open in 2017 with the creation […]

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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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Prison sentence for Dundee building merchant embezzler

A building merchant sales manager who embezzled more than £73,000 from his former employer has been jailed for a year. Jonathan Green was a sales manager at Grahams Building Merchants in Dundee when he gave his personal bank account details to two clients who were under the impression they were settling bills with the firm. One plumbing […]

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Fears over impact of LBTT “burden” on house buyers

SCOTLAND’S housebuilding sector has expressed concern over the impact the Land and Buildings Transaction Tax (LBTT) is having on the wider housing market. Responding to a call for evidence from the Scottish Parliament Finance Committee, trade body Homes for Scotland (HFS) highlighted the “detrimental effect” that the tax – which was introduced a year ago – […]

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Building Briefs – August

Cairnhill strikes sponsorship deal with London Scottish Cairnhill Structures, the Coatbridge based heavy engineering and steel fabrication specialists, have beefed up their marketing strategy with a new sponsorship deal with London Scottish, the English Championship rugby club. The company will appear on the front collarbone of London Scottish’s brand new 2016/17 season playing kits, and […]

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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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Keltbray launches concrete frame business after Dunne asset acquisition

Keltbray Group has launched a reinforced concrete frame business in the wake of acquiring some of the assets of Bathgate-based Dunne Group, which went into administration last month and ceased trading. Former Dunne boss, Gordon Dunne, will be managing director of the new business – Keltbray Structures Ltd – while Keltbray Group’s managing director, John Price, will be […]

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Plans for 2,000 homes at Edinburgh Marina receive full approval

The City of Edinburgh Council’s development management committee has given the green light to a £500 million masterplan which proposes the construction of more than 2,000 new homes at Edinburgh Marina at Granton. Following the council’s decision in principle last December to grant permission for a new Granton Harbour Masterplan, yesterday’s decision confirms that full consents have now been granted for the overall masterplan. Developers immediately […]

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Bancon’s construction division lands major projects

Bancon Group has revealed it has secured new contracts totalling £20.5 million on several major projects across Scotland. The construction division of the Aberdeenshire-based group has landed building work in both the public and private sector for the likes of Aberdeen City Council, GAMA Aviation and First Construction. Bancon will build 80 affordable homes at Manor Walk for […]

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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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Hospital project boosts construction trainees

THREE young ladies have gained valuable experience in the construction industry, working on the expansion and refurbishment of the first of seven operating theatres at Monklands Hospital in North Lanarkshire. Antonia Collins (18) and Dainah Smith (19) completed work placements with Graham Construction, the firm leading the building phase of the upgrade project. Another trainee, Eimear […]

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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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A Grand plan for Edinburgh tourism

THE Royal Bank of Scotland’s historic former home on St Andrew Square, Edinburgh is to be transformed into a major tourism development featuring bars, restaurants, shops and a gym. The Edinburgh Grand, which will comprise 50 luxury apartments, is the newest addition to Lateral City Apartments’ accommodation portfolio. A coffee house and evening venue, operated […]

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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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CMAL0144 Colonsay Resurfacing Works HP/114/319/PM CSA 005

Title: CMAL0144 Colonsay Resurfacing Works HP/114/319/PM CSA 005 Published by: Caledonian Maritime Assets Ltd Publication Date: 29/07/2016 Deadline Date: 26/08/2016 Deadline Time: 12:00 Notice Type: Contract Notice Has Documents: Yes Abstract: Principal Activities The principal activities involved in the execution of this works package are as follows: – Establishment of Contractor’s working area(s) within restricted […]

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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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Contract No 01 (Summerhill Flats) (2016/201) (External)

Title: Contract No 01 (Summerhill Flats) (2016/201) (External) Published by: Aberdeen City Council Publication Date: 28/07/2016 Deadline Date: Deadline Time: Notice Type: Contract Award Notice or Call Off from Framework Has Documents: No Abstract: The external maintenance painterwork and pre-painterwork repairs to three storey occupied council housing properties and associated siteworks Full Details

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Demolition of Miscellaneous Buildings, South Ayrshire Phase 2

Title: Demolition of Miscellaneous Buildings, South Ayrshire Phase 2 Published by: South Ayrshire Council Publication Date: 28/07/2016 Deadline Date: 17/08/2016 Deadline Time: 12:00 Notice Type: Contract Notice Has Documents: Yes Abstract: The works comprise the demolition of various properties at seven different locations; namely in Ayr, Ballantrae, Coylton, Dunure, Maidens, Prestwick, and Turnberry; all as […]

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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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United Kingdom-Inverness: Repair and maintenance services

United Kingdom-Inverness: Repair and maintenance services 2016/S 142-256573 Contract notice Services Full Details

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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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CCS appoints new executive chairman

FORMER Navy officer Isabel Martinson has taken on the new role of executive chairman of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS). Isabel, who is also an ex-Trade Association Forum chairman, has been appointed to take the Scheme ‘to the next level’. The organisation aims to make registration “essential” for every construction firm to boost performance levels […]

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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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United Kingdom-Glasgow: Water distribution and related services

United Kingdom-Glasgow: Water distribution and related services 2016/S 141-255033 Contract notice – utilities Works Full Details

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Swedish firm to invest £300m in building Aberdeen windfarm Donald Trump tried to block

A SWEDISH power company is to invest more than £300 million in building Scotland’s largest offshore wind test and demonstration facility, a project that was fought by US Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. Vattenfall said it would now focus on construction of the 11-turbine Aberdeen Offshore Wind Farm project and “help establish the north-east as an international […]

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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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Planning permission granted for Perth housing regeneration project

Planning permission has been approved for the multi-million pound Muirton housing development in Perth. Urban Union Ltd, appointed by Caledonia Housing Association, has been granted permission by the City of Perth to build 203 houses, including 102 affordable units, 101 private 1, 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes and a park with private and shared […]

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Trump golf resort is up to par

AS Royal Troon Golf Club in Ayrshire hosts this year’s Open Championship, the luxurious new look Trump Turnberry resort has been delivered by ISG, who completed concurrent multi-million pound projects at the property. The contractor has refurbished, remodelled and upgraded all 103 bedrooms as well as constructing a stunning 500-person grand ballroom at the venue. External enhancements […]

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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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New guide for hiring apprentices launches

Research shows that tradespeople want an increase in the availability of skilled workers through the encouragement of apprenticeships, plus help in understanding how to take on apprentices. Many of the plumbers, electricians, builders, carpenters and other tradespeople questioned by the Screwfix poll have little or no experience of taking on apprentices, with only 14% having […]

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Back Scottish construction sector in wake of Brexit, says Scottish Chambers of Commerce

The Scottish Chambers of Commerce (SCC) has said that support for Scottish construction businesses must one the priorities amid “very acute fears” that the economy north of the Border could fall into recession as a result of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. The business body’s leaders have called for tax breaks 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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United Kingdom-Harthill: Buildings of particular historical or architectural interest

United Kingdom-Harthill: Buildings of particular historical or architectural interest 2016/S 131-234459 Contract notice Works Full Details  

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Boeing to build £100m aircraft facility in Moray

US plane maker Boeing has announced it intends to build a new £100 million facility for a new fleet of spy planes at RAF Lossiemouth in Moray. The site will be the home of the new fleet of nine P-8A Poseidon military aircraft ordered by theUK government last year. Boeing said the deal will create […]

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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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New guide aims to help tradespeople hire apprentices

A new guide which helps tradespeople understand how to hire apprentices has been launched by Screwfix. The free booklet, which was developed with Skills Development Scotland, is available in Screwfix stores across Scotland. Screwfix said the guide was released in conjunction with Jamie Hepburn, the Minister for Employability and Training, after research revealed tradespeople want more skilled workers through […]

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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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Successful Bidder Announced for Orkney Hospital and Health Care Facility

NHS Orkney Chief Executive Cathie Cowan today announced Robertson Capital Projects as the successful bidder for the islands’ new £60million plus hospital and healthcare facility, at a meeting this afternoon of the NHS Orkney Board, at the Balfour Hospital in Kirkwall. “Today is hugely significant and, as Orcadians would say, we are a ‘peedie’ step closer in delivering […]

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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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WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff make new senior appointments

Engineering consultancy firm WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff has made two new appointments to its senior building services team in Scotland. Scott Baird, formally of Buro Happold, is taking on the role of technical director and Allan Follett, formerly of Atelier Ten, has been appointed associate director. The duo will primarily focus on winning new business […]

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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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United Kingdom-Aberdeen: Works for complete or part construction and civil engineering work

United Kingdom-Aberdeen: Works for complete or part construction and civil engineering work 2016/S 129-231617 Contract notice Works Full Details

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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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McLaughlin & Harvey bags Equine Centre project

McLaughlin & Harvey has landed a third University of Edinburgh development after being appointed main contractor of the multi-million pound Equine Diagnostics, Surgical & Critical Care Unit project. Based at the university’s Easter Bush Campus, the project involves the construction of the new unit along with upgrades to the existing Equine Hospital. The new facility will consist of four integral […]

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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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Deeside Timberframe continues Central Scotland and England expansion

Stonehaven-based Deeside Timberframe is set to build on last year’s record financial performance with continued growth in Central Scotland and North England. The timber systems manufacturer, part of Aberdeenshire’s Bancon Group, is reaping the rewards of its investment in additional resources in Central Scotland and North-west of England with over 60 per cent of its […]

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Kier to sell Mouchel Consulting as group streamlines

Kier is preparing to sell its Mouchel Consulting business employing around 2,000 consultants and back office staff as its focuses on core construction, property and services activities. Kier chief Haydn Mursell says business is resilient to any adverse impact from Brexit The streamlining plan will also see Kier close down its Caribbean construction arm and book exceptional hits from […]

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Contractors turn to computer games to solve skills crisis

The Chartered Institute of Building has developed a construction based computer game in a bid to attract the next generation of talent into the industry. ‘Craft your Future’ is aimed at 12-14 year olds and takes place in the popular gaming world of Minecraft. The Enquirer understands that a number of contractors and leading clients […]

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Scotland Building Briefs – July 1st

FirstGroup director joins Kier board Kier Group has appointed FirstGroup director Constance Baroudel to its board. The construction to property company said Ms Baroudel, group director of strategy and operational performance at Aberdeen-based FirstGroup, will join as an independent director on July 1. Ms Baroudel joined FirstGroup in March 2015, having held a range of senior […]

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United Kingdom-Aberdeen: Digestion plant construction work

United Kingdom-Aberdeen: Digestion plant construction work 2016/S 125-222924 Contract notice Works Full Details

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United Kingdom-Dumfries: Building construction work

United Kingdom-Dumfries: Building construction work 2016/S 124-221577 Contract notice Works Full Details

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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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ICE Sets Out 10 Point Plan to Unlock Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits of Devolution in Flagship Report

The ‘State of the Nation: Devolution’ report focuses on infrastructure as the key driver in rebalancing the economy but cites the quality of people’s living environments as a priority. In a departure from the sector specific focus of previous reports, this year’s report looks at the impact of the government’s devolution agenda on the UK’s […]

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United Kingdom-Kirkwall: Housing services

United Kingdom-Kirkwall: Housing services 2016/S 123-220219 Contract notice Services Full Details

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Austin-Smith:Lord helps restore London’s Great Pagoda

Architecture firm Austin-Smith:Lord is working with Historic Royal Palaces on the restoration of The Great Pagoda in London. The restoration of the 163 ft 18th century Pagoda, located in the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will include the reintroduction of “original paint colours and lost architectural detailing,” according to Austin-Smith:Lord. The company’s Glasgow-based conservation architects are providing […]

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Glasgow’s Kelvin Hall set for £8m revamp

Glasgow City Council has approved a second phase of refurbishment of the city’s historic Kelvin Hall. The local authority and the Scottish Government are to fund £8.2 million of works to the building, including a new roof and further developments. Kelvin Hall is to re-open at the end of the summer as one of the […]

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Scottish Renewables Will Power Nestlé Operations

Food and drink giant Nestlé will soon be powered by a brand new wind farm in Scotland. The wind farm, which is expected to be fully functional by next year, will supply enough energy to power all of Nestlé’s operations in the UK and Ireland. Nestlé are supporters of renewable energy, with all of its grid-supplied […]

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Bowmer & Kirkland profit jumps by almost half

Private builder Bowmer & Kirkland has bucked competitive market conditions to deliver a pre-tax profit of £39m, up from £27m in 2014. Chairman John Kirkland said the firm had benefitted from strong cash flow, allowing the builder to finance developments, and a steady improvement in the market. This helped the group to raise operating margin across all […]

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Fife housing development is halfway there

Fife Council’s Methil Brae development has reached the halfway stage. The £12 million development will deliver 100 properties on the site of the former Glencast Foundry. The project is being delivered by Robertson Partnership homes. The houses will be a combination of one to five bedroom properties including semi-detached units, bungalows and cottage flats. Stewart […]

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New Waverley development ‘tops out’ on Royal Mile

Topping out of the Adagio Aparthotel on Royal Mile A ‘Topping Out’ ceremony has been held for the Adagio Aparthotel on Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, part of the £150 million New Waverley development. The 146-apartment aparthotel, which incorporates a retained façade of the C-listed Sailor’s Ark building, is due to open by the end of the year. […]

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ON TODAY: RESILIENCE OF THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT – BRE SEMINAR

Resilience of the Built Environment 22 June 2016 BRE Visitor Centre at Ravenscraig 10am-3pm Online price £20.00 per person , plus VAT. Book now   BRE Seminar Details : There is a growing realisation in both Government and the private sector that the built environment is struggling to cope with a world that is changing […]

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Partnership to create Scotland’s largest cloud infrastructure

Two of Scotland’s leading data centre providers, brightsolid and DataVita, today announced a partnership that will create a critical digital infrastructure, improving communications and cloud accessibility for businesses across Scotland. This partnership closes a digital divide between the two largest economic areas, with DataVita located in the west central belt and brightsolid located in Aberdeen […]

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Scottish Government Backs Renewables Sector

The Scottish Government has pledged its support for renewable energy in the country by awarding a sum of money to the Carbon Trust.  The £1.5 million fund will support the Offshore Wind Accelerator (OWA) research and design programme. The funding is expected to go towards further investments, creativity, and innovation in the renewable energy sector. […]

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Four disruptions to rock the energy system

Posted on 13/06/2016 Our energy system is shifting away from high-carbon sources. The times, they are a-changin’ What we must do now is harness the opportunity that this change brings. In March, the Energy and Climate Change Committee began an inquiry into ‘Our Energy Revolution’, saying: “The Committee is investigating disruptive innovation in the energy […]

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RIAS Awards 2016 winners announced

The winners have been announced in this year’s Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS) Awards. A judging panel chaired by RIAS president, Willie Watt, and including Denise Bennetts FRIAS, Alan Jones PPRSUA Hon FRIAS, Andy Leitch of Forestry Commission Scotland and Stuart McKill of Saint-Gobain selected the 11 winners. The awards dinner was also […]

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Royal Bank of Scotland HQ restoration completed

Fit-out contractor Morris & Spottiswood has completed a restoration and refurbishment project at the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) headquarters in Edinburgh. Project director, Andrew Neill, described working on the 28-week project as “a privilege”. “Dundas House was originally built as a mansion home by Sir Lawrence Dundas of Kerse in 1774. It became a […]

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Scotland Must Make Greater Use Of Renewable Energy Potential, Says WWF

WWF-Scotland has called on the Scottish Government to make greater use of the country’s renewable energy resources and potential. According to WWF-Scotland, the upcoming governmental review of Scotland’s energy strategy must strive to make greater use of the country’s renewable energy potential, and set out plans to be powered by 100% renewable energy. WWF-Scotland’s call […]

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ONS: UK construction output rises more than expected

Output in the UK construction sector rose more than expected in April compared to the previous month, official figures showed today. Data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed that output rose 2.5 per cent month-on-month in April, beating analysts’ estimates for a 1.2 per cent increase and following a 3.6 per cent decline […]

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Balfour Employs Newt-sniffing Dog on £104m Road Job

Rocky the newt-hunting spaniel is being used by Balfour Beatty on its £104m Norwich Northern Distributor Road (NDR) site to sniff out protected Great Crested Newts. The 20km dual carriageway site goes through three places where great crested newts have been found. Balfour has to find them now they are coming out of hibernation under […]

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Michael Fry: The European Neoliberal Who Would Have Voted for Scottish Independence

JOHN Maclean, Glasgow’s great Marxist revolutionary round the time of the First World War, was a monetarist. He believed in the quantity theory of money, the idea that if a government prints too much money, this will result in a rising rate of inflation. In support of the theory, he once wrote an article (The […]

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Queensferry Crossing to Open Five Months Late

Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, the consortium building the bridge, has told ministers that ongoing effects of weather on construction mean it will require more time to complete the bridge. The joint venture of Dragados, Hochtief, American Bridge International and Morrison Construction said the new opening deadline remained challenging but achievable. Since last September the downtime due to strong winds […]

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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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