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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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.…

Top Tips for Strategic Recruitment (Part 3): Why use an external recruitment specialist

With the growth of internal recruitment teams and, in particular, online professional networking sites such as LinkedIn, you may be questioning the value of hiring an executive search consultancy, like Mackenzie England, to help you find new talent for your business.  It’s important to remember that not all agencies are the same, and we pride ourselves on being distinctly different.  Here are 5 reasons we believe your business should be embracing a head-hunter relationship such as ours for your strategic…