Hew Edgar: Scottish route map good for construction but housing market fears remain

RICS head of UK government relations and city strategy Hew Edgar urges the Scottish Government to raise more awareness of the six-phase return plan for construction and issue clearer guidance with regard to the housing market.

Published 26 May 2020

RICS calls on Scottish Government for clarity on housing market

RICS has called on the Scottish Government for clarity on when the house buying and selling process can restart as it suggested house prices will be 4% lower when the market reopens.

Published 14 May 2020

Construction sector facing ‘ominous future’ amid sharp fall in confidence

Market confidence in Scotland’s construction sector has fallen sharply with workloads, profit margins and employment anticipated to fall over the coming twelve months.

Published 23 April 2020

RICS: Government intervention needed to bring back housing market post-virus

Whilst Scottish surveyors were upbeat about the outlook for the housing market before last month, it is now clear that the current lockdown situation will have a significant impact for the rest of the year, according to the March 2020 Residential Market Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Published 9 April 2020

Residential projects and New Gorbals offices shortlisted for RICS Social Impact Awards

New Gorbals Housing Association’s new office development has named among 35 of Scotland’s most impactful construction projects.

Published 25 February 2020

Sales pick up as confidence in housing market translates into activity

Increased optimism from buyers has led to a pick-up in sales activity in the Scottish housing market, according to the January 2020 UK Residential Market Survey from the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).

Published 13 February 2020

Housebuilding and infrastructure expected to drive Scottish construction growth

An uplift in housebuilding and infrastructure spending is expected to boost Scottish construction activity during 2020 after a quieter end to 2019 saw workloads flatten in Q4, according to surveyors.

Published 23 January 2020

Changes to tenement maintenance legislation considered

New measures will be introduced to improve and maintain tenement flats across Scotland.

Published 20 December 2019

Scottish house prices continue to rise

House prices in Scotland continued to rise over the last three months, bucking the trend across other UK regions.

Published 11 October 2019

Dunfermline tenants celebrate SafeDeposits Scotland’s half millionth deposit

A Dunfermline couple is celebrating after finding out that their tenancy deposit was the 500,000th protected by SafeDeposits Scotland.

Published 25 September 2019

Tenement maintenance working group’s final recommendations report calls for change in legislation

Regular building inspections, the establishment of compulsory owners’ associations and Building Reserve Funds must be written into legislation to protect the future of Scotland’s tenement buildings, according to a new report.

Published 5 June 2019

Brexit impasse hits Scottish housing market, says RICS

The slump in the Scottish housing market looks set to continue as the ongoing Brexit uncertainty takes its toll on buyers, surveyors have warned.

Published 11 April 2019

Brexit uncertainty ‘damaging Scottish housing market’

The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has warned that the prolonged uncertainty surrounding Brexit will likely further damage the Scottish housing market.

Published 14 March 2019

RICS: Focus on social housing ‘holding back delivery of homes’

The Scottish Government must explore other avenues for housing development across all tenures if it is to reach its targets for new homes, the Royal Institute for Chartered Surveyors (RICS) has warned.

Published 17 January 2019

Report calls for overhaul of Scottish tenement maintenance legislation

Regular inspection, ownership associations and sinking funds are required to improve and protect tenement buildings across Scotland, according to a new report.

Published 16 January 2019