Debate Event: Modern Methods of Construction

Debate Event: Modern Methods of Construction

Modern methods of construction: how can Scotland maximise their uses to develop a globally competitive edge? A wide range of modern methods of construction (MMC) processes have been developed to help the construction industry deliver project benefits in terms of time, cost, quality and sustainability. Some sectors have embraced these more than others and some processes have completely changed the way the industry operates. The Scottish Government set a clear challenge within its Sustainable Housing Strategy a number of years…

Blue Monday, blood moon; but what if it’s all greener on the other side?

Blue Monday, blood moon; but what if it’s all greener on the other side?

Today is apparently the most depressing day of the year! And if you got up early today and witnessed the “super blood wolf moon”, maybe you are also feeling the “impending doom” of the blood moon – or perhaps you started your day with an air of mystical optimism, rather than succumbing to gloomy dour of legend and of a Blue Monday phenomenon created by an advertising executive with let’s face it, not so much science behind it but a…

Debate event: Public/Private Investment

Debate event: Public/Private Investment

Scotland’s construction and civils industry has seen a successful programme of delivery over a number of years through private investment in public infrastructure, either through PFI, HUB or NPD models delivering new and upgraded roads, bridges, schools and hospitals. But with no major civils project pipeline, major cuts to public sector budgets and uncertainty around Scotland’s economy on the impact of Brexit and the 2021 Scottish elections,what is the future for public/private investment in Scotland? Is it time for a…

Affordable Housing: how can Scotland’s construction market deliver?

Affordable Housing: how can Scotland’s construction market deliver?

With just 3 years left to attain the Scottish Government’s ambitious target of building 50,000 new affordable homes,  Mackenzie England assembled a panel of experts to debate the challenges and explore how Scotland’s construction market can work together to deliver more affordable homes. We have highlighted the main issues and the panel’s proposed solutions here. Read on to find out more about the debate discussions in further detail. Main challenges Insufficient funding of affordable housing for longer term plans/investment to…

GDPAaarrrgghh?!

GDPAaarrrgghh?!

  In the recruitment and executive search market, privacy is vital. You need to trust that your recruiter or search specialist not only manages and communicates your personal information in a discrete manner, but also securely stores all the data you have provided, and is transparent with you about what they do with it.  With the imminent implementation of changes to the general data protection regulations and a flurry of communications in our inboxes, GDPR has greatly raised awareness and appears…

Debate Event: Affordable Housing

Debate Event: Affordable Housing

Demand for a significant increase in the supply of affordable homes in tackling Scotland’s housing crisis has been the subject of much debate for years. In 2016, The Scottish Government committed to building 50,000 affordable homes before 2021 – the largest housing programme of its kind in Scotland since the 1970s. With such an ambitious target, it is delivery that will count – and that involves a lot of market players! Critics, particularly those within the construction industry, have highlighted…

A happy new year for general building?

The construction market topography in Scotland changed significantly in 2017: The list of key contractors is now almost unbelievable compared with previous years.  Strong former players such as Lend Lease and Laing O’Rourke, no longer exist in effective competitor terms; Morgan Sindall has been shrunk to a third of its former might; and Sir Robert McAlpine has been beset with project problems that has seen its headquarters retrench across the border to Newcastle.  Changed days indeed. Added to this, within…