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The Forgotten Schedule Of Condition: Dem-Master Demolition Ltd V Healthcare Environmental Services Limited

In the case of Dem-Master Demolition Limited v Healthcare Environmental Services Limited, the Outer House of the Court of Session considered an interesting question regarding the interpretation of a reference to a schedule of condition in a commercial lease.

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Enjoy The View

John Strachan

We all know how easy it can be to get caught up in the day to day.  To lose sight of the bigger picture.  To forget to take time to recognise and mark our achievements.

At this year’s Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch and Awards, Chief Executive Nicola Barclay used the clever analogy of a favourite family hill walk to illustrate the point. Running the gauntlet of development plan reviews, community consultations, satisfying planning conditions. Cajoling roads officials and utility providers. Satisfying building standards and energy efficiency requirements.

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Housebuilding - Maintaining a Sunny Disposition

Hasn’t the weather been amazing? I can’t quite recall a better period of dry weather since I was locked away studying for my Highers… and that wasn’t yesterday. It definitely puts everyone in a better mood.

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Labouring The Point

The Homes for Scotland Annual Lunch & Awards is just around the corner. Always a high point in the calendar, showcasing the quality of house building in Scotland, it’s a great opportunity to catch up with people in the industry and celebrate their achievements.

The industry recognises that having a talented workforce is just as important for delivering the highest quality of house building as the design and materials involved.  Yet it is an area which is under increasing strain.

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“Don’t hide….because you are that light”

The inspiring words of Herakut that feature high on the mural that covers the façade of Aberdeen’s Indoor Market will keep the memories of the inaugural Nuart Festival fresh in the mind of Aberdonians and visitors to the city. It, and the other fantastic and eye-catching street art painted by international artists throughout the festival, have certainly encouraged many people to see Aberdeen city centre in a new light. No more Grey City.

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Nuart Aberdeen - My Art or Your Art?

Nuart Aberdeen

Aberdeen is proud and excited to welcome the Nuart festival for the first time – and at Burness Paull we are delighted to support it.  Nuart is an international street art festival which sees acclaimed artists use buildings and walls as their canvas to create art works.  The original Nuart Festival has been held annually in Stavanger Norway since 2001.

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Guest blog: Places People and Planning

We were delighted that Kevin Stewart, the Minister for Local Government and Housing was able to join us to introduce the Government’s consultation paper “Places people and planning” setting out proposals for the review of planning in Scotland and engage positively in the debate with our delegates on the proposals in the paper.  The Minister has set out his aspirations for the new system, highlighted in his guest blog below and we would again encourage you to engage in the consultation.

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Accelerating Growth Towards A Smaller World The Smart Way

Margaret Bochel

Literary critic and writer Cyril Connolly once said “No city should be too large for a man to walk out of in a morning.”   And yet the Edinburgh and South East Scotland (ESES) City Region Deal clearly articulates an aspiration for growth; the clue being in its branding “Accelerating Growth”.  But are the two incompatible?

The ESES City Region Deal is an ambitious bid, particularly in terms of its focus on, amongst other things, infrastructure investment, including digital connectivity.

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Building Momentum

Richard Goodfellow

Converting national policy to local delivery is a challenge that must be met if the housing crisis is to be resolved any time soon. At the recent Homes for Scotland Annual Conference a wide range of informed speakers gave their view on the challenge.

Nicola Barclay, Chief Executive of Homes for Scotland, set the scene, highlighting that in the last year the industry fell some way behind its target output.  Whilst there were undoubtedly unanticipated macro economic factors which dampened demand, there is much work to be done to raise output to the levels required.

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Smarten Up! Why Embracing Smart Cities Concepts Is Good For Your Business

Maggie Bochel

Why Smart Cities?

Smart Cities are a reaction to the increasing concentration of the world’s population in urban areas resulting in a collision with eco-systems.  Although accounting for just over 50% of the world’s population, urban areas account for more than 75% of the consumption of non-renewable resources and three quarters of global pollution.

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