Scotland is said to be home to a fifth of the UK’s total academic construction research capacity. With the vote on national independence just a few weeks away, the Yes/No camps are stepping up their rhetoric, and a recent poll suggested the nays have it. But whichever way the vote goes on 18 September, Get Sust! predicts a bright future for sustainable construction in Scotland – especially for R&D.
“What effect will the new Scottish parliament have on construction? Nobody knows.” Thus wrote Nancy Cavill in Building magazine in 1999 when the people of Scotland were readying themselves for the opening of their new Parliament in its controversial home, following the successful devolution campaign of 1997.
Her words are echoing down the years as the country once again prepares to vote to determine its future. But the polls look different from those in 1997: this time the outcome is less easy to predict.
According to an ICM opinion poll for Scotland on Sunday (13 July 2014), support for the Yes campaign has tailed off. That could change, however, if … read the whole article on the NBS Sustainability Hub.