Glasgow Architecture News 2019, Strathclyde Buildings, Architects, Design Images Scotland

Glasgow Building News 2019

Scottish Architectural + Construction Updates – West of Scotland Property


Glasgow Building News for 2019

22 Jan 2019
RIAS Future Directions Update

The RIAS chapters and members are driving forward its Strategy discussions in 2019. This Strategy will provide the forward-looking blue-print in which anticipated changes to its governance processes and operating structure can take place.

It will enable the RIAS to bring about more effective working structures, transparent reporting and better external outreach.

RIAS Trustees have listened to members requests at the AGM and have agreed that an independent review of the events in 2017 should be carried out by external advisors.

An appointment was made this week with Morton Fraser to undertake this review. This review will supplement advice that has already helped to guide the organisation in the reform of its operations and to work more collaboratively with members through its chapters.

11 Jan 2019
RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019

Entries are now invited for the RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019.

The deadline for entries is 21 February 2019.

An early bird discount of 10% is available until 7 February 2019.

The RIAS Awards will be running in tandem with the RIBA Regional Awards.

Submission to the RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland also entitles entrants to be considered for the following awards (amongst others):

• RIAS Andrew Doolan Best Building in Scotland Award
• RIBA National Award
• RIBA Stirling Prize

Save the Date: RIAS Awards Dinner, Edinburgh, 30 May 2019

6 Jan 2019
SELECT welcomes Scottish Government consultation on cash retentions in construction contracts

SELECT, has welcomed moves by the Scottish Government to take action on one of the industry’s main problem areas – cash retentions.

A public consultation on the use of retentions in construction contracts will take place in spring next year. This will be, in advance of any announcement on the matter in the Westminster parliament.

The move follows long-term campaigning by SELECT and the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ (SEC) Group, both of which have proposed placing all retentions into a trust-based deposit scheme.

Jamie Hepburn, the Scottish Minister for Business, Fair Work and Skills, said in announcing the move: “Cash retention in construction industry contracts is common practice, including in the public sector. Its purpose is to ensure the contractor completes the job. However, it must be used proportionately and responsibly.”

Alan Wilson, Acting Managing Director of SELECT, said: “We wholeheartedly support action on this troubling issue and look forward to positive developments in the upcoming Holyrood consultation”

Rudi Klein, chief executive of the SEC Group, said: “After many years, it seems that we are now making progress towards protecting cash retentions. It’s great to see the Scottish Governmenttaking the lead on this.”

Many in the construction industry have expressed concern about the abuse of retentions in contracts. Prompt and fair payment has been a long-standing issue and these are undoubtedly barriers to investment, productivity improvement and growth.

SELECT’s 1250 member companies account for around 90% of all electrical installation work carried out in Scotland. They have a collective turnover of around £1 billion and provide employment for 15,000 people.

For more information please contact Alan Wilson, Acting Managing Director at SELECT, the Electrical Contractors’ Association of Scotland, The Walled Garden, Bush Estate, Midlothian, EH26 0SB. T: 0131 445 5577. F: 0131 445 5548. E: W:


15 Dec 2018
RUSK & RUSK So L.A., Glasgow
RUSK & RUSK design by Mosaic Architecture + Design.

14 Dec 2018
hub South West’s ninth Building for Growth awards news

Two female construction sector managing directors are joint winners at hub South West’s Ninth Building for Growth Awards Event held at Glasgow’s 29 Club

Two women managing directors who have carved out successful niches in Scotland’s male-dominated construction sector have been elected joint winners at the latest hub South West Building for Growth Programme awards event held last week in Glasgow’s 29 Club.

In a break with tradition, a panel of eminent construction sector judges concluded that of the eight participating companies on the Building for Growth programme, two businesses, one run by Claire Donnelly, MD of Hillington-based Aspire Industrial Services, and another by Caroline Barrett, MD of CVD Fire Protection from its base in Carluke, Lanarkshire, best demonstrated their vision, strategic planning and leadership.

Aspire Industrial Services, which was established only last year is a one-stop shop for the supply hire, testing and servicing for asbestos, construction and demolition activities, with an open trade counter where customers can buy their Personal Protection Equipment (PPE), Respiratory Protective Equipment (RPE), and branded work and corporate wear.

Claire said: “We are a young business, but we have already been fortunate enough to win a number of major contracts on construction sites throughout the UK by introducing innovative products which seek to make construction sites safer.

“The Building for Growth programme has been a brilliant opportunity to consider carefully how we can make our business bigger and better and capable of regularly winning work from Tier One construction sector contractors.”

CVD Fire Protection, which was established in 1997 is a 50-employee strong, £3m turnover business which provides fire protection, diamond concrete drilling and cutting services to the construction industry.

Caroline said: “I really enjoyed the hub’s Building for Growth programme. It was full of ideas on how to make your business better and focused our brains to think about “working on” our businesses rather than simply “working in” them. Above all, I think, it has taught me the importance of having a strategic approach, and I am delighted to have won this award.”

A public-private partnership funded by Scotland’s business development agencies and a clutch of Tier One contractors including Morisons, Ashleigh, Graham, Morgan Sindall and Keir, hub South West’s development programme is aimed at ambitious companies in construction and related sectors based in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Now in its ninth cycle, its Building for Growth programme is targeted at ambitious local SMEs looking to grow in a sustainable manner by building upon the skills and internal capacity to take on increasing volumes of work. Over 90 delegates from 72 companies across the region have now graduated from the course.

13 Dec 2018
Creative Hub Offers Artists a New Home in the Highlands

LDN Architects’ regeneration of Inverness Victorian school buildings: first major arts hub in the Highlands is now open – providing urgently needed studios for everyone from photographers and textile designers to an artist who knits glass.

Wasps Inverness Creative Academy Building

13 Dec 2018
Scottish Property Federation responds to Scottish Budget

Commenting on yesterday’s Scottish Budget announcement, David Melhuish, director of the Scottish Property Federation said:

“Overall there are two key incentives for development and investment that we are pleased to see retained in the Scottish Government’s Budget. These include the business growth accelerator business rates incentives for new development and business occupiers; and the exemption from the Additional Dwelling Supplement for large scale Private Rented Sector investments, intended to support the new build to rent market. These are important incentives to stimulate housing supply and economic growth.”

“Business rates reform remains an important issue for our members and we welcome the Scottish Government’s decision not to implement the out of town supplement which would have done little to support town centres. This news, coupled with the introduction of a new £50mn fund and the decision to cap the CPI poundage increase will be important mechanisms for encouraging diversification on our high streets and supporting hard-pressed retailers and others.”

“On the issue of the LBTT changes affecting non-residential properties we regret the removal of the marginal advantage which was offered to Scottish commercial investments. In a time of uncertainty, this is yet another cost that will impact pricing and investment decisions negatively.”

12 Dec 2018
RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019

Entries are now invited for the RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019. The deadline for entries is 21 February 2019:

RIAS / RIBA Awards for Scotland 2019 News

Glasgow Buildng News 2018 April – December 2018

Glasgow Architecture News 2018 up to end of April 2018

Glasgow Building News from July 2017 to December 2017 – news archive

Glasgow Architecture News from end of January 2017 to July 2017 – news archive

Glasgow Architecture News 2016 – end of January 2017 – news archive

Scottish Architecture News


Glasgow Architecture News 2015 – news archive

Website: Glasgow

Comments for the Glasgow Architectural News for 2019 page welcome

Glasgow Building News 2019, West Scotland

Website: Glasgow, Strathclyde