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…

It is not who you know ——– it is who you trust!

It is not who you know ——– it is who you trust!

Many talented construction professionals and successful contractors are currently finding themselves in uncharted waters, looking quietly for new opportunities for themselves or strategic recruitment advice as heads of departments or businesses. Who you know well within your own network and connections are a good starting point to uncover information or opportunities.  However, when it comes to recruiting for key strategic positions or finding the right opportunity for yourself in these unpredictable and challenging times, a trusting search and recruitment specialist…

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…

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…

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…

Debate Event: Quantity Surveying

The world of surveying is diverse and can take you in many directions; having chosen to become a Quantity Surveyor, your choice of employer will determine and define the role you perform. Whether you work in private practice or as part of a contractor’s in-house team the role of Quantity Surveyor may look similar from the outside, but it is distinctly different. If you started your career on one path, you may know little about what ACTUALLY happens on the…