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30/06/2015

Work is underway on a new primary school in Stirling. The new facility will be located on Berryhills in Cowie and will be developed by Robertson Construction. The project was designed by AHR architects and sees a £6.4 million investment from Stirling Council. Detailed structural investigations re
30/06/2015

Scottish Water (SW) has announced upgrade works are taking place in Lochwinnoch. Half a mile of water main is to be replace with new plastic piping, helping to reduce the risk of bursts and improve security of supply. The work will be carried out by SW's alliance partner Caledonia Water Alliance (
30/06/2015

A turf-cutting ceremony has been held in Aberdeenshire for new leisure, sports and community facilities in the region. A total of £12.7 million has been invested across the projects. FMP Construction is the contractor for the new developments and will begin to create indoor and outdoor sports/comm
30/06/2015

A new £30 million development is to be built within Perth. The Mill Quarter project will be located on the site of the Thimblerow car park in the city centre. The project will comprise of restaurants and bars, speciality shops, a cinema, gyms, housing and a multi-storey car park. Over 350 constru
30/06/2015

Perth and Kinross Council has announced repair works are progressing well at Rochallie on the A93. The works will stabilise the embankment, improve the existing road drainage system and see the road resurfaced. Temporary traffic signals and 10mph speed limit are currently in place while the work i
30/06/2015

Renfrewshire Council has announced a £138 million programme to improve properties in the region. The five year project will upgrade tenants' homes to meet the Scottish Housing Quality Standard (SHQS). Over 200 jobs have been created via contractors working on the programme, one of which is Keepmoa
30/06/2015

A reopening ceremony has been held for a facility following an extensive refurbishment and modernisation programme. Abbeyfield Scotland held the ceremony at its house in Garngaber Avenue, Lenzie. The overall cost of the programme totalled £500,000. The investment in the house, which is home to te
30/06/2015

Stone cladding initially has some negative perceptions to overcome – high cost and that enduring image in many people’s minds of the garish yellow and blue stone cladding applied to the Duckworth’s terraced house in Coronation Street. Despite such perceptions, insulated stone cladding could well re
29/06/2015

Housing developer Lovell has received two awards at the International Safety Awards. The accolades were given by the British Safety Council (BSC) for Lovell's health and safety management performance on two of its projects in Scotland. The company has received an award for its standards of health
29/06/2015

Community groups have been asked to bid for funding to enhance the New Waverley development in Edinburgh. The project in the Old Town is currently under construction. The New Waverley Community Fund (NWCF) is a joint project between the City of Edinburgh Council and Artisan Real Estate Investors.
29/06/2015

Objectors to a proposed link road project in Elgin have attended a workshop to discuss changes to the scheme. Planning permission for the road was refused by a Moray Council committee last year. One of the reasons for refusal was the application failed to adequately reflect principles in the Desig
29/06/2015

A drop-in event for a new proposed affordable housing development in Dunfermline is to be held. Plans include developing 30 affordable homes at Elliot Street. The project may become part of the council's wider affordable housing programme to increase the number of homes for rent across Fife. It i
29/06/2015

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has visited the Baltic Mill project site in Angus. The project will turn the area into a site for affordable homes, commercial and community space. Phase one of the project by local company Dens Road started in February 2015. It involves the delivery of commercia
29/06/2015

Development work is underway on a new recycling facility in Ayrshire. The 30,000 sq ft Recycling Facility at Tarbolton Moss Landfill was designed by Lawrence Mcpherson Associate (lma) architects and planning consultants. The centre will be operated by Ayrshire Waste Management. The facility will
26/06/2015

Plans to extend the Lomond Galleries in Alexandria have been approved by West Dunbartonshire's Planning Committee. Proposals to develop a supermarket were agreed and the currently free standing brickwork, which is part of the A-listed building, will be taken down piece by piece before being reconst
26/06/2015

Over £2 million has been allocated to repair the regional road network in the Highlands. The Council has agreed to invest £2.36 million. The non-earmarked balance of reserves from 2014-15 is £5.928 million. It was agreed in December that £0.467 million from balances would be put towards resources
26/06/2015

Planning has been approved to develop a new school in Campbeltown. The new Campbeltown Grammar School is expected to be built for the 2017/18 school term. The new school will be built on the existing grammar school site. The capacity allows for an increasing number of pupils, based on school roll
26/06/2015

The Scottish Government has announced it has allocated £4 million in funding to bring abandoned empty homes and buildings back into use. The Scottish Government's Town Centre Empty Homes Fund will help renovate empty homes and convert derelict commercial spaces into new homes. Registered social la
26/06/2015

Construction work has started to create an educational and community facility on Forfar. The £38 million Forfar Community Campus project will incorporate the replacement for Forfar Academy, Forfar Swimming Pool and Lochside Leisure Centre. The new facility is being developed by Angus Council in p
26/06/2015

Lagan Construction has started work on a new £15.2 million scheme to develop a new park and ride in Aberdeen. The project, located near Aberdeen Airport, also includes the creation of a new dual carriageway link road. Aberdeen City Council is investing in the project off the A96 Aberdeen to Inveru
25/06/2015

Planning permission has been approved to develop a new school in Lenzie, East Dunbartonshire. The new primary school is to be built on the site of the existing Lenzie Moss Primary School as part of the East Dunbartonshire Council's Primary School Improvement Programme. The building is scheduled to
25/06/2015

A village group, located in Moray, has secured a £150,000 grant for improvement works on a community hall. Elected members gave unanimous support to the transfer of ownership of the Public Institute building to the Fochabers Village Association Ltd at no cost under community asset transfer arrangem
25/06/2015

BDP has been selected to work with the public and businesses to draw up the regeneration plan for Aberdeen city centre. Council Leader and Leader of the Labour Group Councillor Jenny Laing said: "These proposals once delivered will have a significant and positive impact on our city. With the potent
25/06/2015

Two proposals, to lease the former Perth City Hall and bring the building back into use, are expected to be considered by councillors at a meeting on 01 July. Perth & Kinross Council has consistently sought a viable reuse for Perth City Hall. Following the granting of planning permission to convert
25/06/2015

Plans for a new housing development to be built on a greenfield site in Dubtocher have been rejected. West Dunbarton Council's Planning Committee was directed to approve a Scottish Government Ministers recommendation to include the Duntiglennan Fields site into the area's Local Development Plan (LD
25/06/2015

The UK Government plans to privatise the Green Investment Bank (GIB) have been criticised by the Deputy First Minister. Mr John Swinney is calling on the Government to commit to maintaining a public stake and to ensure it keeps its original purpose as a green bank. He is also calling for reassuran
24/06/2015

The Scottish Energy Minister has hit out at the UK Government over its decision to close the Renewables Obligation early. Minister Fergus Ewing said the decision will have a "negative impact on the renewables industry in Scotland". Mr Ewing, who is in London to attend the Global Offshore Wind 2015
24/06/2015

The newly restored Yards steps at Edinburgh High School have been reopened to the public after being closed for 12 years. The historic steps, which link the Cowgate and High School Yards, were closed in 2003 after reports of anti-social behaviour. Their restoration is the result of an 18 month part
24/06/2015

Refurbishment work on a learning disability centre in West Dunbarton is now complete. The £700,000 upgrade of the Dumbarton Day Centre, on Bruce Street, included providing two sensory rooms, improved physiotherapy facilities, an expanded café area and the creation of several quiet rooms. Councillo
24/06/2015

Fife Council has announced it has delivered 1,000 new homes, part of Fife's Affordable Housing Programme. It aims to deliver 2,700 new affordable homes by 2017, which was agreed in 2012/2013. Kingdom Housing Association's development at Pittencrieff Street in Dunfermline has been completed and i
24/06/2015

A planning application to redevelop a town hall in East Dunbartonshire is to be submitted next week. East Dunbartonshire Council will also be moving forward with its bid for support to rejuvenate Kirkintilloch Town Hall from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). Work is currently due to take place on t
24/06/2015

Argyll and Bute Council's upgraded marina will be officially opened on Saturday, 27 June. The council's Campbeltown Berthing Facility project has been completed on time and within budget. Extensive works were involved including the dredging of the basin area north of the previous pontoon facility
23/06/2015

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has allocated £1.5 million for Dean Castle in East Ayrshire to be restored. The total project cost will be £5m with funding also secured from Historic Scotland (£500k) and the remainder from the East Ayrshire Council. Development funding of £43,500 has also been awa
23/06/2015

Graham Construction has been appointed the main contractor to demolish or redevelop a range of primary and secondary schools in Dumfries. Plans for investment of £100 million which will affect almost every school in Dumfries have been revealed to the public. The local authority confirmed the Dumfr
23/06/2015

Over 20 new homes for Irvine Housing Association (IHA) have officially opened in Pennyburn. The 22 new homes built by Lovell was opened by Pennyburn Regeneration Youth Development Enterprise (PRYDE). Representatives from PRYDE unveiled a plaque to mark the completion of the £3.1 million regenerati
23/06/2015

The Speirs Centre in Clackmannanshire has scooped an architecture award. The Centre won the Historic Scotland Special Award for Conservation and Climate Change for the project designed by LDN Architects LLP. It was awarded by the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS). The centre ha
23/06/2015

A new organisation set up to deliver rental market housing in Aberdeenshire is to acquire its first homes in July 2015. Elected members agreed to lend funds to Create Homes Aberdeenshire to enable the purchase 24 affordable housing units from Stewart Milne Group at the developers Westfield site in
23/06/2015

An event to update the public on the design and construction of Kelso High and Broomlands Primary school is to be held on Thursday 25 June. The event will take place from 10am to 7pm in the current High School's assembly hall. Staff from Scottish Borders Council and the local authority's developme
22/06/2015

Stirling Council has announced £200 million redevelopment plans. The plans are part of the Council's City Development Framework. The Council's vision is to make Scotland's ancient capital a world-class centre of innovation and excellence for key sectors, a thriving cultural hub, and a vibrant and
22/06/2015

Around 160 new homes are to be developed in north east Scotland. The plans are part of a Scottish Government-led initiative unveiled today, Monday. The homes will be available for mid-market rents on six sites across the region through the National Housing Trust initiative (NHT). Across Scotland
22/06/2015

Regeneration plans for a multi-million pound City Deal in West Dunbartonshire may be brought forward on Wednesday, 24 June. A report about the progress of the Clyde Valley City Deal project, which would see the former EXXON site in Bowling undergo a £27.897million transformation, will be presented
22/06/2015

New metal planters are to be installed at points throughout Dailly after a planning application by the council was approved. The George Todd Memorial Fund was created when the George Todd Memorial Hall in the village was sold, with the funds to be used for the benefit of the local inhabitants of Da
22/06/2015

A short film to promote a scholarship programme in electrical engineering has been launched. The film was produced by the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) in collaboration with Glasgow School College Business Partnership. The partnership, which includes Glasgow City Council Education Servic
22/06/2015

NL Industries in Wishaw has won a major furnishing contract with South Glasgow University Hospitals. Staff at soft furnishing factory have been preparing more than 500 new computer chairs for doctors and nurses to use in the recently opened Glasgow south side hospital. Donella Duff, Project Manage
19/06/2015

Work is underway on a new leisure centre in West Dunbartonshire. The £22 million four storey building will be built in Queens Quay, Clydebank. Features will include a 25 metre swimming pool, teaching pool, leisure pool with waves and flume, changing facilities, a cafe, multi-purpose sports hall wi
19/06/2015

A refurbished play park has opened in Invercylde. Birkmyre Park, located in Port Glasgow, was transformed from a demolished bowling green. A public consultation was held in partnership with the Port Glasgow West Community Council. Proposals were put forward to create a public park at the site. T
19/06/2015

The Energy Minister Fergus Ewing has met with industry representatives from the renewables sector today 19 June. Mr Ewing met with the Inverness Chamber of Commerce and industry representatives including Energy North, Falck Renewables, RES and E.On. The meeting took place following an announcement
19/06/2015

Planning permission has been granted for a world-first Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) facility in Scotland. Shell UK, supported by SSE wants to develop the first commercial scale, gas-fired CCS project near Peterhead. The project aims to capture one million tonnes of CO2 a year for ten to 15 yea
19/06/2015

Aberdeen City Council has announced steel beams have arrived for a bridge development project. The 60 tonne beams will be used for the £18 million Third Don Crossing scheme. The Third Don Crossing will see the development of a single carriageway link road between the Parkway/Whitestripes Road junc
19/06/2015

Roadworks on the access road to a proposed new high school in Moray are scheduled to begin. Funding for the Elgin High School building project has been delayed due to a government issue over EU accounting rules. However the council is pressing ahead with the roadworks scheme. The extension of Edg
19/06/2015

North Ayrshire Council has announced a new care home facility has opened in Arran. The Montrose House Care Home and Resource Centre was officially opened on 15 June by Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport Shona Robinson. The new £5.6 million facility is located in Brodick and includes
19/06/2015

Hadden Construction has completed the development of an extension to its Perthshire headquarters. The £650,000 investment seeks to 'kick-start' fresh growth amid an improving spell for the construction industry. A £300,000 funding package towards the development was provided by the Bank of Scotlan
19/06/2015

A new outdoor classroom has been opened at a school in Aberdeenshire. The facility at Lairhillock School was unveiled by the council's Director of Education & Children’s Services, Maria Walker on 17 June. The classroom is a hexagonal shelter within the school grounds, much of which is made out of
19/06/2015

Development work has began on a new office complex for Anderson Anderson Brown (AAB) in Aberdeen. The 45,000 sq ft facility is being built by Drum Property Group on the Prime Four business park at Kingswells. The L-shaped complex is being developed to AAB's specifications and will have capacity fo
18/06/2015

Scotland could lose a £3 billion investment due to a UK Government decision to close an energy support scheme. Niall Stuart, Chief Executive of Scottish Renewables, stated how the UK Government's decision to close the Renewables Obligation a year earlier than planned is "neither fair nor reasonable
18/06/2015

West Dunbartonshire Council has announced the sale of the former Renton Nursery site. The building has been sold to the Vale of Leven Austism and Asperger's Forum (VoLAAF) for £25,000. The council agreed to sell the building at a meeting of the Infrastructure, Regeneration and Economic Development
18/06/2015

A grand opening ceremony for a newly redeveloped head-injury unit has taken place in North Ayrshire. The Kilwinnings Dirrans Centre was officially opened by Shona Robison, the Cabinet Secretary for Health, Wellbeing and Sport in a ceremony on 15 June. The new facility features a training kitchen,
18/06/2015

Fife Council has announced a temporary closure of a recycling centre in Cowdenbeath. Remediation works are required to take place at the former Kirkford landfill site. The council needs to close Cowdenbeath Recycling Centre to allow safe access for large vehicles, plant and equipment. The centre
18/06/2015

Midlothian Council has 'unveiled' a redeveloped park at a special ceremony. Over £154,000 has been spent to improve the landscaping, install new paths and upgrade the play area at Loanhead Memorial Park. Half of the work cost was met by WREN, the landfill tax charity. Developer contributions acco
18/06/2015

Renfrewshire Council has announced the £1.8 million modernisation of Paisley town centre's bus infrastructure will progress this month. The investment go towards new bespoke bus shelters, raised kerbs and bus bay improvements. The majority of funding is provided by the Strathclyde Partnership for
18/06/2015

Scotland TranServ (ST) has announced £500,000 is to be invested in the M74 northbound between Junctions Ten and Eight. Works on the stretch of motorway just south of Blackwood are being carried out on behalf of Transport Scotland. The scheme is part of a wider £700,000 programme for the M74 this y
18/06/2015

Development has started on the expansion of Scotland's largest commercial datacentre in Edinburgh. Construction is underway on Pulsant's South Gyle site which will see the addition of two secure data halls to the Tier Three facility. Features include autonomous redundancy and increased efficiency
18/06/2015

Dundee City Council has announced planned maintenance works in the city. A number of junctions at Dundee Waterfront are set to be surfaced as part of the latest programme of works in the area. The works will be focused on South Union Street. The road travelling northbound to South Marketgait, wes
18/06/2015

East Ayrshire Council has agreed to proceed with a project which would see a new school campus developed in the region. The scheme includes a new Hillside School Campus, which would replace Greenmill and Barshare Primaries along with Early Childhood Centres. A new secondary school to replace Cumno
17/06/2015

The Scottish Government has granted approval for the development of new affordable homes in Edinburgh. The 80 new properties will form part of the 1,000 homes earmarked for sites across the city. The houses are being delivered through the National Housing Trust initiative (NHT). Developed by the
17/06/2015

Argyll & Bute Council has invited the public of Helensburgh to the official opening of the newly transformed town centre. The £7 million public realm project involved redeveloping Colquhorn Square, its adjacent streets and the esplanade. Widened pavements and new street furniture have been install
17/06/2015

Bachy Soletanche has secured a contract to install piles for a new project in Glasgow. The work is part of a £100 million Shieldhall Tunnel scheme to improve water quality in the River Clyde and its tributaries while also reducing flooding issues. The company has been contracted by a joint venture
17/06/2015

South Ayrshire Council has opened newly refurbished toilets next to Ayr Pavilion. A total of £482,000 has been invested in redeveloping the facility. The refurbishment is part of the Council's £1 million wider investment in public toilets. The comprehensive improvement programme includes redevelo
17/06/2015

The proposed multimillion pound regeneration of Aberdeen City Centre has taken a major step forward. Independent consultants BDP today 17 June published its proposals for the regeneration to be considered by councillors. A multidisciplinary team was appointed to work with BDP along with the public
17/06/2015

Dundee City Council is to consider developing a 3G pitch in the region. Councillors are being asked to contribute £95,000 towards the £600,000 facility on the grounds of Craigie High School. The scheme has been the subject of long term planning and fund-raising by Craigie Community Sports Hub (CCS
17/06/2015

Scottish Water has announced it is to carry out repair work on a burst water main in the Tullibody area. Engineers will work on the water main in Alloa Road from 10pm on 18 June to 6am on 19 June. The company stated customers may experience disruption to their water supply including low water pres
17/06/2015

CCG has announced work is underway on an extension to double the capacity of a college in Edinburgh. The Junior School dining hall at the George Watson's College will be expanded. The renovation will improve the dining experience for pupils along with introducing more modern catering facilities wi
17/06/2015

West Lothian Council has announced road works are scheduled to take place in the centre of Livingston. Alderstone Road will be closed for a period of eight weeks from 29 June to allow necessary refurbishment of bridges and underpasses to be carried out. The road over the structures will also be re
17/06/2015

Moray Council has announced a monument in Elgin is to be refurbished. The Muckle Cross landmark will be restored after the go-ahead was given by a council committee. The work is estimated to cost £55,000. The council will provide £20,000 while the Elgin Common Good Fund will give £15,000. Up to
16/06/2015

A carriageway dualling contract is to be confirmed to a joint venture (JV) between Wills Bros Civil Engineering and John Paul Construction. The £35 million A9 project for the 7.5km section between Kincraig and Dalraddy includes widening the five mile stretch of single carriageway to full dual carri
16/06/2015

Clackmannanshire Council has announced a new affordable housing project has begun. The Kingdom Housing Association (HA) is working in partnership with the council to deliver the development at Ann Street, Tillicoultry. Representatives from the local authority and Kingdom also visited the site at A
16/06/2015

Dumfries & Galloway Council has announced it is pressing ahead with its Kirkcudbright Charter. A council committee agreed to approve the Business Plan for the Charter, along with recommending to the Policy and Resources Committee that the Council’s capital budget helps fund the project. The propos
16/06/2015

A topping out ceremony has been completed marking the progress of a new high school in Edinburgh. The new Portobello High School will accommodate 1,400 pupils and include new teaching facilities, a swimming pool and two all weather pitches. A £1 million park will be built on the area, which will r
16/06/2015

Scottish Water (SW) has announced wastewater infrastructure improvements are to be carried out in Glasgow. A short section of the west-bound carriageway of Alderman road between Alderman Place and Pikeman Road will be closed to through traffic from 29 June for six weeks. No through traffic will be
16/06/2015

Ayrshire Housing has announced work has started on its latest housing development. A total of 22 flats and houses are set to redevelop the Limonds Wynd site. The £2.5 million scheme has been designed by John Gilbert Architects to achieve the Scottish Government's silver energy efficiency standard.
16/06/2015

New tenants in Scotland are now paying 9.6% more rent than last year. According to the recent HomeLet Rental Index, the average rent in Scotland for new tenancies in three months to May 2015 as £652 per month. This figure increased 2.7% (£635) in the three months to April 2015. The average rent i
16/06/2015

An information centre is to remain in temporary premises while discussions continue over redeveloping a historic train station. Last month a fire destroyed Ballater's Old Royal Station and left VisitScotland Information Centre (VIC) staff without premises. The Cairngorms National Park Authority (C
16/06/2015

Orkney Council has invited the public to attend a drop-in session to view plans for a future housing development. The site is located on the outskirts of Kirkwall in Weyland, with proposals drawn up for the development of 46 homes over two phases. The session is taking place on 23 June between 12p
16/06/2015

Surplus soil from the Elgin Flood Alleviation scheme is being transported to Cooper Park. It is understood the leftover material will be shaped by bulldozers into a large raised landform. Members of Moray Council’s Policy and Resources committee gave the go-ahead for the project last month. Over
15/06/2015

McLaughlin & Harvey (M&H) has finished the development of a retail store in Milngavie. The contractor completed the building which will become Waitrose's seventh store in Scotland. The 36,500 sq ft development includes a community room, a large cafe, a bakery grazing area and outdoor seating. M&H
15/06/2015

Five schemes across Scotland have been awarded funding to investigate how thermal energy can be used to heat properties. A total of £234,025 has been given to projects targeting sites in Fife, West Lothian, North Lanarkshire and Aberdeenshire. The projects will explore the technical feasibility, e
15/06/2015

East Dunbartonshire Council has held a drop in event for the Lennoxtown Community Hub which is due to open next year. Work is underway on the over £5 million Hub bringing library, leisure and cultural services together in one building. There will also be healthcare services, including GP surgeries
15/06/2015

North Lanarkshire Council is holding a series of events for residents to help shape its new Local Housing Strategy (LHS). The council is inviting the public to meet housing staff and discuss a range of topics, such as housing supply and support, property condition, energy efficiency, fuel poverty a
15/06/2015

A new school building in Dundee could cost over £8 million if councillors agree a tender submission next week. The new two storey building to replace Sidlaw View Primary and Jessie Porter nursery would be developed by Willmott Dixon if its bid is accepted. With allowances, the total cost of the bu
15/06/2015

East Ayrshire Council has agreed funding for a new synthetic pitch in Cumnock. The Cumnock Juniors Community Enterprise (CJCE) is the main body behind the project. The Scottish Government's Cashback for Communities fund introduced a new Cashback for Pitches programme in 2013, to be used exclusivel
15/06/2015

Edinburgh City Council has appointed Ryden to its commercial estate management and residential property consultancy. The two contracts commenced on 1 June and will run for a two-year period, with the option of a two-year extension. Four firms secured a place on the commercial framework. A full ra
15/06/2015

The Federation of Master Builders (FMB) has stated the Scottish Government has 'shamed' Westminster on energy efficiency. The FMB has welcomed the Scottish Governments announcement that improving the energy efficiency of buildings in Scotland will be designated a national infrastructure priority.
15/06/2015

West Dunbartonshire Council has announced work is scheduled to begin on a development in Dumbarton Town Centre. The £16.4m building project will begin this week as the council plans to relocate 500 staff currently based at Garshake to offices at the site of a former Dumbarton Academy building in Ch
15/06/2015

The board of Superglass Holdings PLC has announced the appointment of Ken Munro as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Mr Munro, 46, assumed responsibility for all operational activity within the Superglass business in February of this year when he was promoted to the position of Managing Director of th
12/06/2015

The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) has provided a grant of £3.5 million to transform the David Livingstone Centre. The award also included a grant of £334,000 to help develop the project to the next stage. The centre is set to be completely refurbished. As well as opening the existing collections an
12/06/2015

Dumfries and Galloway Council has announced the Learning Town design proposals are to go on display later this month. Plans include the redevelopment of four secondary schools, delivering a Learning Hub and providing accommodation for children with additional support needs. Property issues will al
12/06/2015

A new redeveloped skatepark has opened in Inverclyde. The old facilities have been replaced to include features such as ramps, kickers, quarter pipes, steps, rails, banks, raised tables and kerbs. The project was funded by the council and cost £175,000. Councillor Jim Clocherty said: "This is an
12/06/2015

West Dunbartonshire Councillors will decide next week if a nursery site in the region should be sold. The Vale of Leven Austism and Asperger's Forum (VoLAAF) are interested in purchasing Renton Nursery. A report is set go before a council committee on 17 June recommending that VoLAAF is chosen as
12/06/2015

A new steel factory has opened in Wishaw. Miller Fabrications has invested over £700,000 in the new facility, supported by Scottish Enterprise through a Regional Selective Assistance grant up of to £140,000. The new structural steel workshop, shot-blast and paint facility will increase the company
12/06/2015

East Renfrewshire Council has announced road improvements are planned for Fenwick Road. Phase one of the roadworks will resurface the footpaths and take place from 25 June to 7 July. Phases two and three will see both the north and south bound lanes of the road resurfaced, with the second phase ta
12/06/2015

TH Real Estate has welcomed a decision by the City of Edinburgh Council to grant planning permission to the St James development site. Listed buildings consent for the scheme was also approved. The 1.7 million sq ft Edinburgh St James scheme is one of the largest regeneration projects currently un
12/06/2015

Homes For Scotland (HFS) has welcomed a recent report which called for a review at the future direction of housing policy in Scotland. The findings were published by the Commission on Housing and Wellbeing on 10 June. The report makes 18 priority recommendations which it says would begin to addres
12/06/2015

A £900,000 upgrade of a reservoir has been completed by Scottish Water (SW) in the Pentland Hills. The company redeveloped the overflow spillway floor and reformed embankment profiles to prevent flooding in the event of heavy rain at Glencourse Reservoir. Work has also been carried out to increase
12/06/2015

Joinery and building contractor MCK Construction has completed a loft conversion at a property in Aberdeenshire. The company developed two bedrooms and a bathroom along with an ensuite at the property in Napier Place, Marykirk. A new heating system was also installed as part of the project. The c
11/06/2015

High Life Highland has awarded a contract to O'Brien Construction to provide improved facilities at a swimming pool in Caithness. The Thurso Swimming Pool upgrade project is being jointly funded by the council and sportscotland. A total investment of £2.7 million will be made in the facility. Fea
11/06/2015

Transport Scotland has announced an improvement scheme on the A82 at Glen Gloy has been completed. The £2 million upgrade project was carried out as part of the company's on-going truck maintenance programme following damage to the riverbank by a landslide. 300 metres of road was realigned away fr
11/06/2015

Pendrich Height Services has been appointed to paint the 21ft Nevi Skerry Beacon in Orkney. The beacon is situated in Scapa Flow and will require scaffolding to be erected. It is used to warn ships of the skerry and must be clearly painted black with a red stripe to act as a marker during daylight
11/06/2015

Renewable energy company SSE has backed a WWF-UK campaign urging the new government to take decisive action tackling climate change. The campaign also calls on the government to move towards a low-carbon economy. SSE is one of 80 companies to have signed an open letter to Prime Minister David Came
11/06/2015

The Scottish Government has set out its approach working towards cutting carbon in Scotland's heat system. The government published its Heat Policy Statement (HPS), detailing its plan on decarbonising the heat system along with a framework for investment in a low carbon heat sector. The HPS is a c
11/06/2015

The North East of Scotland Transport Partnership (Nestrans) has identified an upgrade of the A90/A937 south junction on the A90 Laurencekirk. The intersection will be improved into a grade-separated junction. The solution follows detailed appraisal commissioned by Nestrans which considered key tra
11/06/2015

West Dunbartonshire Councillors are to discuss proposals to put The Play Drome site in Clydebank up for sale. A report will go before a council committee on 17 June recommending the town centre location is put up for sale or lease. The proposals state the Play Drome site would only be made availab
11/06/2015

The Scottish Government has awarded funding to the Argyll and Bute Council for a range of energy efficiency measures. The scheme will be applied to households in Islay. The Home Energy Efficiency Programme for Scotland: Area Based Scheme (HEEPS: ABS) contains a range of measures including internal
11/06/2015

A recent Registers of Scotland (RoS) study has shown house prices have risen 13.3% in the fourth quarter of 2014-2015. The statistics show the average house price from January to March was £173,830. The figure is the highest recorded for any quarter since RoS began compiling statistics in 2003. T
11/06/2015

Scottish Water (SW) has announced the main phase of an environmental improvement project in Bearsden. The second aspect of the scheme involves an investment of £350,000 into upgrades of the company's waste water infrastructure. The project began on 7 April and continued for two weeks until 19 Apri
10/06/2015

Magnox has announced the completion of an eight year project to remove asbestos from a former nuclear plant. The programme at the Chapelcross site has been completed a year ahead of schedule and £5 million under budget. The original estimate for the project was £43 million while the actual cost wa
10/06/2015

West Dunbartonshire Council has announced it is considering selling a town centre site to a developer. The 35,000 sq ft area is located in Alexandria town centre and is included in plans to regenerate the area. A preferred developer was selected in February 2014 with proposals to build new housing
10/06/2015

North Lanarkshire Council has announced the results of its recent tenant housing service survey. With almost 4,000 responses received, 84% of participants said they were 'very' or 'fairly satisfied' with their housing service. Tenants were asked to comment on maintenance and repairs, the quality o
10/06/2015

Falkirk Council has invested over £35 million in school improvements across the region in the last five years. Works include a £1.4 million extension of Antonine Primary School and a boiler upgrade at Bo'ness Public Primary School. A range of nursery improvements have also been carried out at Madd
10/06/2015

Aberdeen City Councillors have agreed to distribute £565,000 to community projects across the region. The funds were made available due to a £7.5 million underspend on the 2014-15 budget. A total of £100,000 will be spent on improvements to Seaton Park. Additional funds are available for other pa
10/06/2015

East Lothian Council has approved an over £10 million housing upgrade and modernisation programme. The budget was approved at a council meeting on 9 June. The fund will be spent on the modernisation of existing council housing stock, the refurbishment of properties acquired via the open market and
10/06/2015

Kier has announced the completion of its Mouchel acquisition. Mouchel is an infrastructure and business services group, providing advisory, design and project delivery. The company also provides managed services to highways and transportation, local government, property, emergency services, health
10/06/2015

The Highland Council has announced £250,000 will be spent protecting motorists from road risks. Hazards include large embankments, railways, water and rock slopes. The Community Services Committee has agreed to spend the funds on Road Restraint Systems such as safety fencing and barriers at sites
10/06/2015

Scottish Water (SW) has announced improvements are scheduled on the waste water infrastructure of a town in East Dunbartonshire. The work is being carried out by MacKenzie Construction in Bishopbriggs on behalf of Scottish Water Horizons. Developments include the installation of new pipework and t
10/06/2015

A report published by the Scottish Government has revealed that greenhouse gas emissions fell in 2013. It is estimated Scottish emissions were 53 million tonnes carbon dioxide equivalent (MtCO2e) two years ago. The latest figures show that emissions were 3.6% lower in 2013 than the 2012 figure of
09/06/2015

Latest statistics have shown Scotland is on track to meet its 2020 climate targets. The figures show that 38.4% of emissions have been cut since 1990, with levels falling 14% between between 2012 and 2013. The UK has reduced 27.4% between 1990 and 2013. Scotland is now over three quarters of the
09/06/2015

A 'fresh' approach is being undertaken on the future of open spaces in East Dunbartonshire. The council has shaped its new Open Space Strategy for 2015-2020 by including feedback from members of the public and community groups. The plan includes an audit of current open spaces in areas such as Bea
09/06/2015

Dumfries and Galloway Council has announced it is reviewing alternative funding methods for a new development in the region. A £2.7 million funding bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for a new Archive Centre was rejected. HLF stated competition around the UK was the main contributory factor in
09/06/2015

The East Ayrshire Citizen's Advice Bureau (EACAB) has announced its relocation to a new property in Kilmarnock. The EACAB will move into new office space in the Gateway Centre, Foregate Square. The premises has additional interview rooms and is located in the centre of the town. Improved technolo
09/06/2015

Orkney Housing Association (HA) has announced Craig Spence will become its new Chief Executive. Mr Spence will succeed the position when Sally Inkster retires as CEO later this year. Ms Inkster said: "I am delighted with their decision and will work with Craig over the coming months to ensure a se
09/06/2015

Mott MacDonald has announced it is designing a flood protection project on behalf of Aberdeenshire Council. The £15 million scheme in Stonehaven will provide the town with a one in 200 year flooding protection from the River Carron. Designs include flood walls and embankments using 2D hydraulic mo
09/06/2015

A recent report looking at options to tackle congestion, improve accessibility and support development along the A96 in Inverness has been completed. The A9/A96 Connections Study recommends the Longman roundabout should be grade separated. Two options have been proposed for a single carriageway li
09/06/2015

Scottish Water has completed a project which will bring fresh drinking water to 4000 people in Arran. The £2.8 million initiative has improved the water quality for customers served by the Balmichael Water Treatment Works (WTW). Upgrades included the installation of a new water treatment process o
09/06/2015

The Highland Council has announced restoration work is underway on a bridge in the region. The Alexandra Bridge in Tain is currently undergoing a refurbishment project funded by Historic Scotland, the council and the Royal Burgh of Tain Community Council. The supporting hangers and bridge deck hav
09/06/2015

Midlothian Council has announced the opening of a new skills track for mountain bikers. The centre was opened at Beeslack Community High School on 8 June. Councillor Russell Imrie, chair of the South East of Scotland Transport Partnership (SEStran) officially opened the facility. The track includ
08/06/2015

The Scottish Government has obtained funding to invest in housing throughout the country. The Falkirk Local Government Pension Scheme Fund has awarded fund manager Hearthstone Investments £30 million. Over 300 homes are expected to be delivered with the Scottish Government providing an initial inv
08/06/2015

CCG has announced work is underway to develop new student accommodation in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Over 400 apartments will be built in Willowbank, Glasgow and Orwell Terrace, Edinburgh. At Willowbank, 178 properties will be developed via four buildings along with the renovation and retention of th
08/06/2015

South Lanarkshire Council has announced resurfacing works are scheduled to take place this week. The B743 Muirkirk Road between Low Kype Road and Redding Road will be closed from today 8 June until 12 June. The road will be closed between Strathaven and the B745 Torfoot Road. Councillor Chris Tho
08/06/2015

Renfrewshire Council has approved plans to develop the infrastructure of Glasgow Airport. The approval is part of the £1.13 billion Glasgow and Clyde Valley City Deal The infrastructure improvements around Glasgow Airport will link the Westway, Inchinnan and Airport Business Parks. Roads, cycle r
08/06/2015

Preliminary design work has started for a replacement road bridge on the B9163 Findon to Cromarty road. The Newhall Bridge was damaged by a falling tree during a storm in January and had to close for traffic. Following an inspection by the Council's structural engineers, a permanent replacement wi
08/06/2015

Architects Lawrence McPherson Associates (LMA) has been granted planning consent for a golf course refurbishment. The Ailsa Course at the Trump Turnberry golf resort in South Ayrshire will include a newly created par-three ninth hole. The Turnberry Lighthouse will also be renovated to become a new
08/06/2015

Development work is underway on a project to build a new care home in Edinburgh. The Royston care facility in Boswall Parkway, Granton will provide accommodation for 60 residents. The new development is being delivered by a partnership between the council and Hub South West Scotland. Graham Const
08/06/2015

ScottishPower Renewables has selected Siemens as its preferred supplier for the East Anglia ONE Offshore windfarm project. The £2 billion contract will see Siemens supply up to 102 seven megawatt turbines. The project is ScottishPower and Iberdrola's third offshore windfarm and when completed, wil
05/06/2015

South Lanarkshire Council has announced over £2 million is to be invested into a new ice rink. The investment will be carried out alongside the redevelopment of a mall in East Kilbride. The town centre leisure hub will include a variety of restaurants and a new commercial gym. The developments wi
05/06/2015

Scottish Borders has announced a consultation will take place for a new 3G pitch in Peebles. A public exhibition took place in February. Proposals were drawn up to situate the new synthetic surface on a playing field at Craigerne Lane next to Peebles High School. Three potential locations are now
05/06/2015

Housing Minister Margaret Burgess has announced additional funding will be invested into a scheme for home improvements. Up to £21 million will be provided in a three year initiative to allow repairs and energy efficiency improvements to be carried out to low income homes. The Help for Homes schem
05/06/2015

East Dunbarton Council has announced car park improvements will be undertaken in June and July. The car parks will be upgraded as part of a programme to support the next phase of Decriminalised Parking Enforcement (DPE). Works include increasing the Roman Road car parks spaces in Bearsden to 61, w
05/06/2015

Edinburgh Council has used money seized from criminals to fund a new 3G sports pitch at Malleny Park, Balerno. Cashback for Pitches provided £305,000 towards the cost of the new pitch which will be officially opened today 5 June. The Cashback for Communities scheme provided £200,000, sportscotland
05/06/2015

Highland Council has agreed the final allocation of funds for roads, bridges and flood improvement schemes over the next three years. The additional funding is over and above that currently allocated for named major projects including the Westlink, Inshes Junction, Stromeferry and the Kinnairdie Li
05/06/2015

Fife Council has appointed Farrans Construction to undertake repair works at the storm damaged breakwater in Pittenweem Harbour. Work is already underway and involves: • Stabilising the foundation of the breakwater. • Repairing the various cracks. • Re-levelling the deck. • Installing protectio
05/06/2015

Aberdeenshire Council is to receive the first houses built for mid-market rent by the end of this month. The first development of 12 houses in Westhill is nearly finished with a further 12 being completed by the end of August. The initiative was achieved by establishing a Liability Limited Partner
04/06/2015

The Highland Council has welcomed progress on preparations being made for two projects in the region. Together the City Region Deals total £3 million. The council will invest £2 million into public works around Inverness Castle and £1 million in developing an Inverness public Wi-Fi project. The I
04/06/2015

The Scottish Government's Forth Bridges Unit has taken over responsibility for the Forth Road Bridge (FRB). The unit took control of the bridge from the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) on 1 June. The group will be responsible for the operation, management and maintenance of the FRB. The
04/06/2015

The Galston Community Development Trust (GCDT) has officially moved into its new premises in East Ayrshire. The new offices at 16 Titchfield Street, Galston were officially opened by Provost Jim Todd. The building was redeveloped and refurbished into the Trust's new headquarters with the help of a
04/06/2015

The location of a new high school in West Lothian has been confirmed by the council. Following a formal consultation, the council's education executive has approved proposals to locate the new West Calder High School building. The building will be relocated to the site of Parkhead Primary School.
04/06/2015

The Provost of Aberdeenshire has officially opened a new extension at a school in Inverurie. The £14.3 million Kemnay Academy development includes a social area and a fully-equipped gymnasium along with new music rooms and additional support for learning facilities. A biomass heating plant has als
04/06/2015

Five new tennis courts have been developed in East Lothian. The courts will be officially opened on 6 June. The council has developed facilities in Lewisvale Park, Musselburgh, Polson Park, Tranent, Longniddry Tennis Courts and Neilson Park, Haddington. Councillor Tim Day said the council worked
04/06/2015

Fife Council has announced it is carrying out carriageway resurfacing works on the B9037 starting this month. The road will be resurfaced from its junction with the A985 to Valleyfield Avenue, High Valleyfield. Works will start on 8 June and will last approximately three weeks. The road will be c
04/06/2015

Aberdeen City Council has approved a budget for the development of a new learning disability centre for adults. The Education and Children's Services Committee agreed to progress plans for a £4.3 million specialist care centre. The building will be located on the site of the former Burnside Centre
04/06/2015

The Scottish Government has announced it is to invest £5m in some of the country's poorest households. The investment, which is being made available from the Government's HEEPS: Cashback – Social Landlords Scheme, provides funding to housing associations and local authority landlords towards energ
03/06/2015

A new housing development has been unveiled in Edinburgh. The £2.9 million Shortbread Court development in Granton was officially opened by Councillor Cammy Day. The site includes 27 one and two bedroom energy efficient homes, each with gas central heating, hot water systems, high thermal insulati
03/06/2015

A new teaching block at James Gillespie's High School in Edinburgh has been officially opened. Education Convener Paul Godzik was joined by Minister for Learning Dr Alasdair Allan in performing the opening ceremony. The new Malala building is part of the £42.8m James Gillespie's Campus Project whi
03/06/2015

Aberdeen City Council has agreed to progress plans for a new school in the Stoneywood area. The £13 million building will be developed on the site of the former Bankhead Academy. The Education and Children's Services Committee received feedback on a statutory public consultation process at a meeti
03/06/2015

Proposals are to be displayed at a public exhibition for a potential street improvement in Kirkwall. The design team appointed by Orkney Council will showcase its plans for the Broad Street area. The council has succeeded in attracting £1.5 million in funding commitments from Sustrans and the Kirk
03/06/2015

The Highland Council has approved a three year updated management plan for an area on the River Ness. £35,000 in funding was granted for the management and maintenance of the Ness Islands area between 2015 and 2018. The funding was approved by Members from the Inverness Common Good Fund who own th
03/06/2015

Plans are in progress for a £1 billion City Deal involving Fife Council and five other local authorities. Councillors of the Executive Committee met on 2 June to discuss the deal and agreed the investment. The proposal includes an infrastructure fund which will invest in transport, housing, econom
03/06/2015

Aberdeenshire Council has warned motorists to be vigilant as its programme of road surface dressing works gets underway. The technique involves laying hot bitumen followed by chippings works to seal the road surface and also provide a better grip for vehicles. However the surface dressing requires
03/06/2015

hub South West Scotland has completed a new heath centre for NHS Lanarkshire. The £17 million East Kilbridge Health Centre provides a range of GP, dental and clinical accommodation along with staff office space over five floors. The new facility is built on part of the former Ballerup Car Park and
02/06/2015

Statistics released today shows the Scottish Government is on track to reach its affordable homes target of 30,000 homes by March 2016. Housing figures display that 26,972 properties have been delivered in the four years from 2011-12. Over 15,000 homes were completed between 2013-2014, 4% more tha
02/06/2015

A new £3.7 million playground in Ayr has been completed. The facilities at Belleisle Park includes wooden frame swings, slides, wind chime orbs, zip slider and other equipment. Over the next few months the landscaped area will feature picnic areas along with wheelchair friendly wooden seating and
02/06/2015

ScottishPower Renewables has signed a turbine supply and service agreement with Gamesa for a windfarm located in South West Scotland. The £300 million Kilgallioch Windfarm will compromise of 94 turbines with 2.5MW capacity and a further two at 2MW. With an overall capacity of 239MW, this is enough
02/06/2015

An Argyll and Bute council decision to grant planning permission for a fish farm site has been upheld by the Court of Session. Councillors had given approval to Dawnfresh for the development of a fish-farm site on Loch Etive, to be known as Etive 6. A petition against the proposal had been submitt
02/06/2015

James F Stephen Architects has been appointed to work on Dundee's new V&A Museum of Design project. The company said they were "delighted" to accept the invitation from Kengo Kuma and Associates (KKAA). James F Stephen said it will "provide Executive Architect services". It added: "We very much l
02/06/2015

River Clyde Homes together with Carillion has connected over 80 homes to a new gas network in Port Glasgow. The new system has allowed the outdated electric storage heaters to be replaced with new, efficient gas fired combi-boilers and radiators. It is hoped the network will be expanded across all
02/06/2015

A giant palm tree sculpture has been unveiled in Glasgow. Weighing almost two tonnes, the artwork was sculpted by Robert Coia and took five months to complete. The piece, located in Linn Park, stands at over six metres tall and had to be installed in three sections. It is one of 12 trees being pl
02/06/2015

Scotland TranServ has announced it is to carry out a programme of works on the A75 at Cree Bridge. The road surface will be improved and the bridges deck will be waterproofed. Work will be carried out on behalf of Transport Scotland and will begin on 12 June, lasting for three weeks. Two weekend
01/06/2015

The development of a wind turbine development on the Isle of Coll will be discussed following allegations of unauthorised work. Planning consent for the erection of a 77 metre tall wind turbine at Gallanach Farm was granted to the Gallanach Green Generation (GGG) in 2012. GGG has been working with
01/06/2015

North Ayshire's Provost has opened a housing development in Irvine. Provost Joan Sturgeon was joined by Woodland Primary School's 'Eco Committee' during the official opening of the £8.2 million John Galt site. The council house development features 80 new homes including properties for older peopl
01/06/2015

Dundee City Councillors are to discuss over £1.6 million of improvements to council houses across the city next week. The housing committee will be asked to award a number of tenders including window replacement and external concrete work. Councillor John Alexander said: "Our tenants currently enj
01/06/2015

Aberdeen City Council has announced a meeting will be held giving local residents an update on the building progress of the Third Don Crossing. The development involves the building of a new single carriageway link road between the Parkway/Whitestripes Road junction and the Tillydrone Avenue/St Mac
01/06/2015

West Dunbartonshire Council has announced it has achieved the national housing standard after a successful multimillion pound contribution. The council has reached the Scottish Housing Quality Standards (SHQS) target for more than 9400 homes after an £81 million investment. The project included re
01/06/2015

Roadworks are scheduled to take place on the A75 Layby to Kirtle Water east and westbound. Over £360,000 of resurfacing works will be undertaken by Scotland TranServ on behalf of Transport Scotland. The road will be closed from 7pm on 5 June until 6am on 8 June. Gordon Wilson, Contract Director a
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