IAN MCKEE SITS DOWN WITH URBAN REALM MAGAZINE

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015 in Building Surveying, Education

IAN MCKEE SITS DOWN WITH URBAN REALM MAGAZINE

GLM Managing Director and RICS Chairman Ian McKee sat down with built environment magazine Urban Realm to discuss the thorny wicket of education as a looming employment crunch looks set to wash over the construction sector.

Another Look at Housing Maintenance Policy

Posted by on Oct 7, 2015 in Building Surveying, Education

Another Look at Housing Maintenance Policy

Maintenance is the achilles heel of all housing policy. It is all too easy for politicians to make a short term gain at the expense of the maintenance budget. In the 1950s, 60s and 70s it was common for rent controls in both public and private sector housing to be funded, in effect, from the maintenance budget.

A Case for Existing Buildings in the Future of Design

Posted by on Aug 11, 2015 in Building Surveying, Education

A Case for Existing Buildings in the Future of Design

There’s a great big flaw in the way most people look at buildings. They see them as disposable assets with a limited lifetime but the truth is that, with maintenance and adaptation, very few need be.

THE GREENEST BUILDING…

Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Education, We Are GLM

THE GREENEST BUILDING…

When it comes to creating better buildings one problem we face is that we have a massive legacy of existing buildings many of which were built in an era of cheap energy. What is to be done about them?

Common Ownership in Scotland: A Maintenance Proposal

Posted by on Jul 20, 2015 in Building Surveying, Education

Common Ownership in Scotland: A Maintenance Proposal

The adage “the greenest building is the building you already have” should be kept at the front of policy makers’ minds.

A Closer Look at Stained Glass Conservation

Posted by on May 4, 2015 in Building Surveying, Education

A Closer Look at Stained Glass Conservation

Before the art of creating larger panes of glass was perfected small pieces of glass connected together with lead strips was the best our forebears had. Subsequently leaded windows and stained glass have often been revived and they give an artistic feel to what might otherwise be a flat and lifeless plate glass window. As a consequence we often come across leaky, cracked, bowed and vandalised leaded windows and when we do we rely on the considerable skill of experts to bring them back to life. There are a few around.

Edinburgh Council to Reinstate Discredited Common Repairs Scheme

Posted by on Mar 3, 2015 in Building Surveying, Education

Edinburgh Council to Reinstate Discredited Common Repairs Scheme

City of Edinburgh Council is planning to reinstate their discredited common repairs scheme. I cannot understand why there has been no public inquiry into what has gone wrong. This is a matter of national, not simply local interest because the problems associated with the maintenance of common property is a national one.

The Repair of Common Property in Edinburgh

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Building Surveying, Education

The Repair of Common Property in Edinburgh

By David Gibbon, RICS Conservation Accredited Building Surveyor The repair of common property in Edinburgh In Scotland it has always been possible to own a flat or a part of a building outright.  In England multi-owned buildings generally have a head leaseholder and it is only possible to own a lease.  It means that there […]

Winter Proofing Your Listed Property

Posted by on Dec 3, 2014 in Education

Winter Proofing Your Listed Property

I am endlessly amazed at how many owners of old and listed properties I come across who don’t have a clue about basic maintenance. At the risk of offending those who know perfectly well what to do here are a few suggestions…

Will LBTT kill the property market in Scotland?

Posted by on Dec 1, 2014 in Education

Will LBTT kill the property market in Scotland?

The differences between English and Scottish property, already distinctive because of the differing legal systems and property purchase systems, are destined to move further apart. The new transaction tax due to commence in Scotland in April or whenever a new computer system and a new organisation can be put in place, will make the cost of property transactions distinctly more expensive in Scotland than in England.