Construction WFH, is it Constructive?

The beginnings of flexible working or working from home, alongside digital technology to support it, have been fairly well embraced as a result of lockdown – even the traditional construction industry can adapt quickly when something becomes crucial for survival! Is perhaps the increased flexible working and increased trust one of the ‘Covid cloud’s’ silver linings, that could attract more people to the Construction Industry?

Changed ‘pandemic’ attitudes and Construction recruitment: Survival or Revival

Changed ‘pandemic’ attitudes and Construction recruitment: Survival or Revival

THE NEW NORMAL – If you now find you or your business in an entirely or even just a slightly different place,  why not consider a quiet look at the market or seek some business advice to devise a renewed strategy and embark down a new path. People’s guiding principles have been turned on their heads in various ways; mindsets and attitudes feel different – perhaps because what is important to us has altered and crystallised into a slightly different…

Preconstruction Preconstruction Preconstruction

The only mantra that seems to currently matter ….   Preconstruction, Preconstruction, Preconstruction.   WHICH COMPANIES ARE  going to do well in these difficult times?  Only those with a well-oiled and appropriate preconstruction team will live to see another day and those who NAIL IT will LEAD the market coming out of this mess. Some may think these times are a stark reminder of the last recession where pre-construction was the only place where there was any activity whatsoever apart from some lagging projects that were won before the world fell off the…

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…