Scotland’s MMC Future: Evolution or Extinction

Scotland’s MMC Future: Evolution or Extinction

In the fifth of our debate series we assembled a panel of experts to look at modern methods of construction: how can Scotland maximise their uses to develop a globally competitive edge? The main issues addressed were: Scotland’s MMC journey so far The barriers to MMC in Scotland The opportunities for all variants of MMC to be adopted and its future role in Scotland The Scottish Skills Agenda and MMC Standards and quality compliance in MMC – cultural and International…

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…

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…

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…

Quantity Surveying: private practice versus contractor – could the grass be greener?

Quantity Surveying: private practice versus contractor – could the grass be greener?  This was the question that kicked off our debate last month when, together with RICS Matrics and CIOB Novus, we gathered a room full of quantity surveyors, who work across the industry, to discuss the differences and similarities in their roles. After a great deal of discussion and debate (and some disagreement from both sides of the fence!), we can conclude that it’s less about the colour of the…

How to leave a job on good terms

At Mackenzie England we believe in the saying “the best beginning to your new job is a good ending with your current employer”.  It’s essential to ensure that you depart on a positive, professional note to guarantee that you leave doors open and can rely upon old colleagues for advice and valuable references. After all a strong business network is invaluable in developing your future career! So how do you ensure that you leave a job on good terms? Believe…

International Women in Engineering Day 2017

Of the 2.3 million people working in the construction industry at the end of December last year, only 296,000 were women (according to the Office for National Statistics). That’s roughly 13%. So, on the day dedicated to celebrating the achievements of women in engineering and technical roles, I find myself chewing over why the construction industry is still failing to attract more women? Skills shortage   The construction industry is desperate to attract new recruits’ due to a major skills shortage.…