Scottish Building Federation

Scottish construction hit by unprecedented perfect storm of soaring costs, material shortages and lack of labour 

Scotland’s construction-led economic recovery is threatened by a combination of sharply rising prices, disrupted supply chains and a chronic shortage of labour as the consequences of a no-deal Brexit coupled with the impact of the Covid pandemic.

Published 5 May 2021

Help to Buy scheme extended as construction given all clear for gradual return to sites

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has signalled a return to construction work on sites in Scotland and a 12-month extension to the Help to Buy (Scotland) scheme.

Published 12 June 2020

Disparity of advice causing ‘two-tier’ construction system in Scotland

The Scottish Government has issued more guidance on what construction work is considered to be ‘critical’ at the moment but a leading trade body has warned of a two-tiered system due to a disparity of advice across the UK.

Published 26 March 2020

Confidence among Scottish builders slips again amidst concern over rising labour costs

Confidence in the Scottish construction sector has fallen with employers expressing growing concerns about the potential impact of Brexit on industry labour costs.

Published 30 April 2018

Working group formed to ensure long-term future for housebuilding skills

The Scottish Government is to work with key stakeholders to ensure the right skills are available for housing and construction developments.

Published 26 April 2018

Scottish builders call for procurement reform to deliver affordable housing target

The Scottish Government is unlikely to meet its target of delivering 50,000 new affordable homes by 2021 without reforms to housing procurement, according to a survey of Scotland’s building companies.

Published 19 December 2017

'Ugly affordable housing' in rural Scotland is damaging tourism

Ugly affordable housing in rural Scotland is damaging tourism, according to a professor of architecture at Robert Gordon University in Aberdeen.

Published 1 November 2017

Housing sector contributes to decline in Scottish builders’ confidence

The confidence of employers in the Scottish construction industry has taken a hit as fears over future work prospects grow, according to the latest Scottish Construction Monitor.

Published 24 July 2017

Builders’ confidence holds steady as rethink urged on abolition of apprentice skills test

Confidence amongst Scottish construction employers has been rated positive for the second consecutive quarter, though the vast majority have called for the skills test element of construction apprenticeships to be retained.

Published 22 December 2016

Builders warn of artificial supply cost rises as confidence rebounds

Confidence among Scottish construction employers improved marginally in the three months to the end of September though concerns have been raised over the impact on supply costs following the Brexit vote.

Published 17 October 2016

Calls for government’s economic stimulus plan to prioritise housing

A new economic stimulus package unveiled by the Scottish Government should prioritise housing as well as commercial and industrial projects, the Scottish Building Federation has said.

Published 11 August 2016

Housing bodies unite in joint call to tackle homes shortage

Scotland’s key housing and professional bodies have called for politicians to tackle the country’s housing crisis by supporting an increase in the supply of warm, sustainable homes that meet a diverse set of needs and aspirations.

Published 27 April 2016

Construction sector confidence remains positive despite another setback

Confidence within the Scottish construction sector has fallen again back to where it was at the end of 2013.

Published 21 December 2015

Survey finds drop in Scottish construction industry confidence

Confidence amongst Scottish construction employers about the year ahead has declined during the third quarter of 2015, according to a new report.

Published 5 October 2015

Scottish construction employment rises 5 per cent

Employment in the Scottish construction industry increased by 9,000 to 176,000 during the three month period to June 2015, new figures have shown.

Published 17 September 2015