Scotland’s Construction Industry Reaches Levels Not Seen Since 2007

It has been widely documented that the financial crisis has caused mass instability to the construction industry. However, in the past 18 months the industry has shown signs that it is bouncing back, and this recovery was underscored in a recent “State of the Trade” survey by the Federation of Master Builders (FMB).

In a weighted, composite measure that combines workload, expected workload and enquiries, Scotland’s net balance increased by 10 points to 14%, the highest return since the end of 2007.

One area which is particularly flourishing is South Ayrshire. Kier Construction are currently in the final stages of preparation for projects at Ayr Academy and Marr College. Contracts Manager for the projects, Philip McDowell, recently spoke of the projects’ impact on the local economy.

The projects will have a significant impact on the South Ayrshire economy over the next 2 years and beyond. Some of our supply chain partners from the region have invested in plant and infrastructure to meet the requirements of the secure and visible pipeline of work. In addition, we are committed to working with hub South West and SAC to actively encourage small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to join our hub SW Supplier Network. Through this we provide local contract opportunities and help potential suppliers secure work via the Supply Chain Institute. Additional support is also available via our Skills Academy generating work placements, apprenticeships and training opportunities.

 Philip will be joining Gordon Reid on stage at Scotland Build 2015 this November to give an update on the first stages of the projects, as well as the opportunities these projects offer the Ayrshire economy.

The talk is part of a wider event highlighting the success of the Scottish construction industry. Taking place at the SECC, Glasgow on the 25th & 26th of November, this 2 day trade show and conference will feature the leading contractors and suppliers who are facilitating the booming recovery.

Scotland Build is free to attend, and will feature 22 CPD accredited training workshops. For full details on the event visit , or email


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