Finance Secretary Derek Mackay will be the keynote speaker at this year’s annual conference of the Scottish Building Contract Committee (SBCC), which will focus on the economic issues currently affecting the industry.
The afternoon address by Mr Mackay (pictured above) will centre around the findings of the Scottish Government Report on Economy, Energy and Fair Work. The committee behind the report recently completed its latest enquiry into the construction sector, which revealed widespread concern about procurement processes, access to finance, a lack of innovation and “suicide bidding” across the sector.
Taking place on November 14 at Surgeons Quarter in Edinburgh, the conference will bring together industry professionals including architects, engineers, solicitors, chartered surveyors and contractors from the public and private sectors. Along with examining the current financial challenges, there will be information about the latest initiatives to address these problems and protect cash flows together with an update on the latest changes to the SBCC contracts.
Founded in the 1960s, the SBCC provides definitive guidance on building contracts and construction law in Scotland. Its board of directors includes representatives from the Association for Consultancy and Engineering in Scotland (ACE), the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS), Build UK, the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), the Scottish Building Federation (SBF) and the Specialist Engineering Contractors’ Group Scotland (SEC).
The SBCC is headed by chairwoman Lisa Cattanach, a chartered quantity surveyor and director of Glasgow-based Construction Dispute Resolution, with the post of vice-chair held by SELECT Managing Director Alan Wilson.
Lisa said: “The SBCC’s combined experience from differing backgrounds puts us in a unique position to engage knowledgably on the issues affecting Scotland’s construction industry as a whole.
“We are delighted to welcome the Finance Minister to this year’s annual conference, and look forward to his insights based on the recent enquiry by the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee.
“Many of our members contributed to that enquiry, and are all too familiar with the challenges faced by the sector. Our conference will provide a great opportunity to share best practice on how to overcome these hurdles.
“We also look forward to hearing from our other esteemed speakers regarding issues relevant to the industry and encourage attendees to take this opportunity to put questions to our speakers on the variety of topics being covered.”
The conference will take an in-depth look at project bank accounts, as well as examining latent defects from the viewpoints of an architect, a contractor and an insurer. The programme also includes updates on SBCC contracts, legal issues affecting the industry, the Integrated Project Insurance Scheme and retentions.
In conjunction with the launch of its new website earlier this year, the SBCC has updated its subscription service providing a full suite of online contracts. This documentation includes homeowner contracts, standard building contracts, design and build contracts, subcontracts and minor works building contracts. A representative from SBCC will be in attendance at the conference to answer questions from delegates on this service.