Scotland’s hub programme has £750m worth of projects in development

NEW research has revealed the value of community projects in development through Scotland’s hub programme has risen from £600 million to £750 million in the last three months.

The figures, published by the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), took into account a range of new projects including health centres, affordable rent housing, schools with community facilities and nurseries that feature in the June 2019 hub pipeline that are in the planning stage to be built for councils and health boards.

David MacDonald, hub programme director at SFT said, “The hub programme is a unique way to develop and deliver best-value community facilities that provides public bodies with a quick and efficient way of getting their projects into construction. To date, projects valued at just under £2 billion have been completed and are open to serve their communities. Projects valued at £500 million are under construction and £750 million of projects are in the development stage.

“The benefit of using hub as the preferred delivery partner is clear to see from the huge increase in new projects entering the development stage. With SMEs being awarded around 80% of hub construction contracts, this secures many thousands of local jobs and training opportunities and enhances local economic wellbeing.”

Projects being developed in the pipeline include:

  • The £17.6 million Prestwick Educational Campus for South Ayrshire Council
  • The £18.8 million Torry Community Campus for Aberdeen City Council
  • £20 million investment in four nurseries by East Dunbartonshire Council
  • £31 million in an affordable housing project for North Ayrshire Council
  • The £17.5 million St Brendan’s Community Hospital and Care Home project for NHS Western Isles and Western Isles Council
  • The £46 million Perth High School for Perth & Kinross Council
  • The £60 million Winchburgh schools project for West Lothian Council