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: 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…

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…