Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) is managing the procurement of public buildings in Scotland in a programme that sees different services, such as health and social work, sharing space. The co-location of public services is intended to improve services as well as save money.
The southwest region, or ‘hub’, covers Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and Lanarkshire and the infrastructure projects across this territory will be delivered through a joint venture company (dubbed ‘hubCo’), to be formed between the 18 public sector bodies in the region and Alliance Community Partnerships.
Work will now start to further develop projects within the £500m investment programme that are to be delivered over the next 10 years.
SFT chief executive Barry White said: “The appointment of Alliance Community Partnerships represents a significant milestone in the delivery of hub as it marks the last preferred bidder to be chosen across the whole of the hub programme.
“The hub programme, valued at over £1.4bn over the next 10 years, reflects an innovative approach to deliver efficient community facilities right across Scotland. Central to its success is the establishment of collaborative working practices among private sector development partners together with health boards, local authorities and blue light services.
“Once formed, the southwest hubCo will work with local suppliers and contractors to deliver quality buildings to provide improved public services for communities right across the South West hub territory. Currently across Scotland, the hub programme is building or developing well in excess of £360m of essential projects which in turn will support service improvements to local communities, and importantly help protect construction jobs.”
Southwest Scotland ‘hub’ participants include:
- Ayrshire and Arran Health Board
- Dumfries and Galloway Heath Board
- Lanarkshire Health Board
- The State Hospitals Board for Scotland
- Scottish Ambulance Service Board
- National Services Scotland
- East Ayrshire Council
- North Ayrshire Council
- South Ayrshire Council
- North Lanarkshire Council
- South Lanarkshire Council
- Dumfries & Galloway Council
- Strathclyde Fire and Rescue
- Dumfries & Galloway Fire & Rescue
- Dumfries & Galloway Police
- Scottish Court Service
- Loreburn Housing Association
- Irvine Bay Regeneration Company