As Scottish Construction Now publishes the final edition of 2021 today, we summarize what has caught our readers’ attention over the past 12 months.
It has been a difficult construction period and a busy news year for SCN as it kept readers informed of events from across the industry.
In another year hit by the coronavirus, it’s no surprise that news of lockdowns and on-site working conditions dominate the list.
Consideration of whether non-essential work in Scotland required additional lockdown restrictions in order to reduce the number of coronavirus cases in January (1st) most-read articles of 2021.
This was followed by the introduction of a new operating policy from Construction Scotland (3rd), which incidentally was updated this week, and a call from Unite Scotland to instruct non-essential-service construction companies to close hundreds of construction workers with immediate effect upon notification Traveling through Scotland can potentially lead to cross-border infections.
Aside from the coronavirus, Garroch Investments acquired Princes House in Glasgow and announced plans to demolish it to make way for a Â£ 75m office block (5 student dormitories (7th) and plans to demolish a Dundee hotel have been submitted to make room for a nursing home with 54 beds (8th).
In January, Bellway received the highest wildlife crime fines for being in 2017 (6 & Galloway (9th).
The practical completion of a new Premier Inn hotel in Hamilton (10th place) by Ogilvie Construction completed the list.
These were the best read stories (and number of page views) during the year:
Non-essential construction work can be stopped in order to “radically reduce interactions” (28,123)
Construction largely unaffected by tightened restrictions (21,291)
New safe operating guidelines issued for the construction sector (11.025)
Union criticizes decision to green light for non-essential construction work (7,953)
Glasgow’s Princes House is being demolished for a Â£ 75 million (7,779) office building
Bellway Homes Received Record Fines for Destroying Bat Roosts (6,882)
Former 39 bed hotel in Aberdeen to be converted into student residence (5,989)
Nursing home application submitted for Broughty Ferry hotel location (5,707)
Falling mast kills workers at Annan construction site (5,581)
New Premier Inn in Hamilton (5,254) completed
SCN will return on January 5th with a full daily news service.