Blogs



Rachel Bell: As safe as houses? Top tips for social landlords amid the rising threat of cyber-attacks

Rachel Bell, a solicitor from Harper Macleod, provides social landlords with tips on how to handle the rising threat of cyber-attacks.

Published 14 November 2019

Hamish Trench: Regional land use partnerships

With the Scottish Land Commission being asked to advise the Scottish Government on the establishment of regional land use partnerships, chief executive Hamish Trench looks at what the body will need to consider.

Published 13 November 2019

Blog: Ending homelessness in Scotland – are you all in for change?

Celeste, a volunteer with Homeless Network Scotland, highlights the new ‘All In for Change’ project that the charity is working on with its partners ahead of the first drop-in session next week.

Published 12 November 2019

Martin Armstrong: Housing is not just a roof over a head, but the bedrock of a secure and happy life

Housing is a multi-faceted career that can really make a difference, changing people’s lives for the better, says Martin Armstrong.

Published 8 November 2019

Nicola Barclay: We need to home in on ways to beat the housing crisis

Ahead of the Homes for Scotland annual conference, Nicola Barclay discusses the need for housing, the social and economic benefits of home building and the constraints facing the industry.

Published 7 November 2019

Anna Evans: Independent research reveals impact of short-term lets on communities across Scotland

Housing consultant Anna Evans provides a summary of independent research undertaken by Indigo House on the impact of short-term lets on communities across Scotland.

Published 29 October 2019

David Bookbinder: Social housing rents – let’s keep things in perspective

Rents matter – a lot. But things might be getting a bit out of proportion, writes David Bookbinder.

Published 28 October 2019

Jenny Bowles: Building social value in construction

Rounding off a fortnight of reporting following Scotland Excel’s ‘Accelerating Delivery of Affordable New Homes’ conference, category manager Jenny Bowles highlights the potential for generating social value in construction.

Published 18 October 2019

Letter to Editor: Funding of winter night shelters

Shelter Scotland’s Gordon MacRae argues that new funding for winter night shelters is a symbol of a failed homelessness system.

Published 18 October 2019

Tom Laurie: Exception reporting – when is it unnecessary to provide a Home Report?

Surveyor Tom Laurie talks about the many, but perhaps little known, exceptions that exist for Home Reports.

Published 16 October 2019

Kirsty Henderson: The latest building design trends

Prime-site developer Queensberry Properties’ design and technical manager, Kirsty Henderson, examines how the continual evolution of architecture provides a fascinating glimpse into how our lives and expectations have changed over time.

Published 15 October 2019

Gemma Syme: Developing the skills pipeline

Gemma Syme, senior HR and recruitment adviser at CMS Windows, discusses the company’s progressive approach to training and apprenticeships.

Published 14 October 2019

David Rennie: Opening and operating Project Bank Accounts

David Rennie, relationship director, public sector & higher education Scotland, Royal Bank of Scotland, outlines the benefits of Project Bank Accounts in streamlining payments. 

Published 11 October 2019

Sarah Lewis: Affordable Passivhaus homes

Sarah Lewis, associate director: architecture at Hamson Barron Smith (HBS), describes the company’s use of Passivhaus as its benchmark performance standard.

Published 10 October 2019

Jennifer Jack: Knocking on the door of the empty homes conundrum at COSLA conference

Harper Macleod’s Jennifer Jack discusses the COSLA conference taking place in St Andrews this week and the powers local authorities have to get empty homes back into use.

Published 10 October 2019