Weekly Update


LAST CHANCE TO SECURE A TABLE(S): CECA Scotland Annual Dinner & Awards on Thursday 30th March 2023, Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central, Cambridge Street, Glasgow

The 2023 Annual Dinner and Awards is approaching the record number of booking that we had in 2022. Thank You! To maintain spacing and comfort in the room we do not wish to exceed the 650 guests that we had last year. If you want to book a table then please do not delay and contact Joanne Saunders ,or call her on 01786 430007.

When booking a table it will be helpful to have the following information to hand;

  1. How many tickets do you require?
  2. P/O Number (where necessary)
  3. Invoice

The Annual Dinner & Awards will be held at 1815 for 1845 on Thursday 30th March 2023 in the Grand Ballroom of The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Glasgow Central. The evening & awards ceremony will be hosted by Hal Cruttenden. He is one of the country’s best loved stand ups with appearances on Live at the Apollo, Have I Got News For You, The Royal Variety Performance, Would I Lie To You, The Great British Bake Off: An Extra Slice and The Apprentice: You’re Fired.

We will, once again, be raising funds for the Doddie Weir Foundation. Doddie’s determination and strength of character were crucial in securing funding for the search for treatments and, hopefully, a cure for MND. We will continue to support the work of his Foundation. The price for a ticket for the 2023 dinner will be £90.00 + VAT. This is the first ticket price increase in 3 years.

You can view a short video of the 2022 dinner here.

GDP Monthly Estimate, Scotland, November 2022

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) statistics measure the output of the economy in Scotland. These monthly estimates are designated as experimental official statistics, meaning they are still in development but have been released to enable their use at an early stage. All results are seasonally adjusted and presented in real terms (adjusted to remove inflation) and relate to Scotland’s onshore economy (which does not include offshore oil and gas extraction).

Main Findings

  • Scotland’s onshore GDP is estimated to have fallen by 0.1% in November, after growing 0.7% in October.
  • Output in the services sector, which accounts for around three quarters of the

economy, is estimated to have remained flat (0.0% growth) in November. At the        broad level, output in consumer facing services grew by 0.7%, while health, education and public services output grew by 0.5%, and output in all other services fell by 0.6%.

  • Overall output in production, construction and agriculture fell by 0.4% compared to the previous month.
  • In the three months to November, GDP is estimated to have been flat (0.0% growth) compared to the previous three month period. This reflects a slight improvement during current quarter so far, after output fell by 0.1% in 2022 Quarter 3 (July to September).

CECA National Weekly Update

You can download this week’s update from CECA National is available to view here


CECA Workload Trend Survey Q4: PLEASE HELP

CECA has been running its Workload Trends Survey continuously for more than twenty years. Members of CECA undertake an estimated 80% of all civil engineering activity in the UK, and hence CECA’s Workload Trends Survey is a comprehensive barometer of the UK infrastructure sector that enables CECA to lobby on behalf of our membership and our industry.

Results from the CECA Workload Trends Survey are sent to the construction trade press, UK & Devolved Governments, the civil service, the Bank of England, other trade bodies, industry clients, and are used in CECA’s bespoke lobbying on particular issues.

The Workload Trends Survey, in which historically at least a third of CECA’s membership has taken part on a quarterly basis, tests for changes over the past year in contractors’ workloads, workforce, order books, cost trends, & tender prices. In recent years, however, that percentage figure has dropped considerably and jeopardises the statistical veracity of the survey.

I would like to place on record my thanks to the following CECA Scotland members who have completed this quarters survey; RJ McLeod (Contractors) Ltd, Jacks 1 Civil Engineering Ltd, Jones Bros Civil Engineering Ltd, Morrison Construction, Albion Drilling Group, BigCat Contracts Ltd, Hunter Construction (Aberdeen) Limited, Wills Bros Civil Engineering Ltd, NorPower Ltd, McLaughlin  Harvey Construction Ltd, Leiths (Scotland) Ltd, James Strang Ltd

We have extended the deadline for this quarters responses to close of business on 10 February 2023. The survey can be completed at

Thanking you in advance for your continued support.


 Construction Pipeline Forecast Tool

The Construction Pipeline Forecast Tool has had its latest six-month data refresh where the value of future planned Scottish public sector construction projects has increased £600 million to £12.2 billion and the number of businesses registered for updates has reached 900.

Launched in July 2021 to provide the construction industry with greater knowledge of future public sector construction projects across Scotland, the Construction Pipeline Forecast Tool has now had its half-yearly update, with the online platform showing:

  • Details of over 1,700 individual projects
  • The value of projects in Pipeline are valued at over £12.2bn
  • Just under 50 public bodies are registered suppling details of projects across 18 industry sectors

NEC4 Bulletin No 26: Focus on ECC Option A

In partnership with Glenn Hide of GMH Planning, we are pleased to attach the 26th bulletin in a series of CECA Scotland Member Briefings on NEC4.  This briefing is “Focus on ECC Option A”. This option is called a “Priced contract with Activity Schedule” and more commonly known as a “lump sum fixed price” contract. It is chosen by Clients who generally have a well-developed Scope with a risk profile that would be sensible/realistic for a Contractor to be able to price.

Please note all 26 bulletins are accessible within the “documents and guidance” of the members’ area on the CECA Scotland website.

Latest Product Availability Statement from the Construction Leadership Council (CLC)

Construction Leadership Council’s Product Availability working group report of 24th January states that the new year has started in much the same way as the last one finished, with product availability continuing to improve for almost all products and in all regions. This is, in part, due to a reduced level of activity, with poor weather and a delayed return to sites after the Christmas break contributing to a slow start to 2023. The full report can be read here.



February 09.02.23 NEC4 Contract Data Glenn Hide 1.0 MS Teams
  23.02.23 AGM     Westerwood, Cumbernauld
  23.02.23 Adjudication Update Pinsent Masons 0.5 Westerwood Cumbernauld
March 08.03.23 NEC4 Program Workshop Glenn Hide 1.0 MS Teams
  09.03.23 Safe Digging Sibbald Training 1.0 On site
  30.03.23 CECA Annual Dinner and Awards CECA   Doubletree Hilton, Glasgow
April 19.04.23 NEC4 Program Workshop Glenn Hide 1.0 MS Teams
  27.04.23 Law Review of the Year Pinsent Masons 0.5 Westerwood Hotel, Cumbernauld
May 04.05.23 Law Review of the Year Pinsent Masons 0.5 Palm Court Hotel, Aberdeen
  11.05.23 NEC4 Common Contractual Pitfall Glenn Hide 1.0 MS Teams
June 08.06.23 New Entrant Networking evening – Mitigation of Risk seminar Pinsent Masons   TBC
  15.06.23 NEC4 Common Contractual Pitfall Glenn Hide 1.0 MS Teams
August 31.08.23 CECA Annual Golf Day     Bruntsfield Golf Club
September 21.09.23 NEC4 Pricing NEC Contracts/Managing Risks Glenn Hide 1.0 MS Teams
  28.09.23 Health & Safety and the Law Pinsent Masons 0.5 Stirling Court Hotel
October 05.10.23 NEC4 Contract Data & Z Clauses Glenn Hide 1.0 MS Teams
  24.10.23 NEC4 EEC Overview Glenn Hide 1.0 MS Teams
  26.10.23 NEC4 Contract Data & Z Clauses Glenn Hide 1.0 MS Teams
November 02.11.23 NEC4 Pricing NEC Contracts/Managing Risks Glenn Hide 1.0 MS Teams
  14.11.23 NEC ECS Overview Glenn Hide 1.0 MS Teams
  TBC Carbon Net Pinsent Masons   Online

If you require any information about these events, please contact – Please note that Glenn Hide Workshops open to registration 6 weeks before the date advertised.


Police Scotland Construction Watch Initiative

The information below covers the last two weeks of incidents since 19th January 2023. The period has seen a slight decrease in incidents across the country. However, please take the appropriate measures to protect machinery, material and fuel tanks at your construction sites.


Police Scotland report that fuel thefts continue to be an issue across the country and in the central belt, Fife, Dundee and Angus areas in particular. Below are a note of the incidents and where they happened along with their crime report number;




Two males seen entering site with containers, ran off leaving containers behind on seeing security.



Haddington East Lothian

Persons have stolen diesel from farm machinery and left containers in field.




Males seen trying to steal diesel from parked up HGVs and trailer units. Males made off in BMW 4×4.




Broxburn, West Lothian

Theft of rammer from site, mini digger also damaged during incident.




Damage to railway vehicle and keys stolen also.



Bellshill, North Lanarkshire.

Mini digger found with windows smashed and door open at construction site.




Dalry, Ayrshire

Theft of fuel from container, MCV test kit stolen from site and attempts to break into containers.



Wishaw, North Lanarkshire

Male seen on CCTV stealing fence posts and fencing from yard.



Larkhall, South Lanarkshire

Youths seen throwing wood from site over fence. Youths made off leaving items behind.




Next Week’s Business


07 February 2023

Chamber business

2:00 PM

Time for Reflection: Carol Wilde, Communication Director Scotland, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Topical Questions (if selected)

Ministerial Statement: Scottish Government’s Response to the Second Round of the Levelling Up Fund

Scottish Government Debate: Update on the Social Security Programme Business Case

Committee Announcements

Business Motions

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 PM

Decision Time

Members’ Business — S6M-07485 Martin Whitfield: UNCRC (Incorporation) (Scotland) Bill

08 February 2023

Chamber business

2:00 PM

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2:00 PM

Portfolio Questions

Show Parliamentary Business Content

Scottish Liberal Democrats Business: Health

Scottish Liberal Democrats Business: Social Care

Business Motions

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

Approval of SSIs (if required)

5:10 PM

Decision Time

Members’ Business — S6M-07546 Ruth Maguire: Cervical Cancer Prevention Week

Show Parliamentary Business Content

Members’ Business — S6M-07514 Michael Marra: Final Report of the Independent Oversight and Assurance Group on Tayside’s Mental Health Services

09 February 2023

Chamber business

11:40 AM

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

11:40 AM

General Questions

Show Parliamentary Business Content

12:00 PM

First Minister’s Questions

Members’ Business — S6M-07140 Audrey Nicoll: Increasing the Participation of Women and Girls in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

Show Parliamentary Business Content

2:30 PM

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

2:30 PM

Portfolio Questions

Show Parliamentary Business Content

Scottish Government Debate: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Scottish Government Debate: Scottish Income Tax Rate Resolution 2023-24

Business Motions

Parliamentary Bureau Motions

5:00 PM

Decision Time