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Scottish £500m infrastructure programme boosted

A £500m Scottish infrastructure programme has been boosted after it was announced that 17 public bodies and a private sector construction consortium will combine to deliver the works.

Construction firm Robertson, professional engineering and architectural firm FES Group and social infrastructure investor Amber Infrastructure form the consortium Amber Blue which will partner with the public sector bodies under East Central hub Scotland Ltd.

The region’s pipeline of work is estimated at £500 million over the next decade. Amber Blue was appointed by the Scottish Futures Trust as its preferred development partner for the East Central hub public infrastructure projects in November.

Initial projects

Glenwood Health Centre, Glenrothes – c£7m

Child & Adolescent Mental Health, Dundee – c£9m  

Unlicensed Medicines, Dundee – c£20m

St Johns/Claremont Primary Schools – c£8m

Brechin High School – c£24m

Madras College, St. Andrews – c£40m

Burntisland Primary School – c£12.6m

Stirling Care Village - c£20m

Harris Academy – c£32m

East Central hubCo chief executive Neil McCormick said:  “The East Central hubCo’s private sector development partner, Amber Blue, includes two Scottish businesses (Robertson and FES) with more than 100 years experience in the Scottish construction and building services industry.

“This experience, combined with that of the wider supply chain, represents a resource with more than 2,000 employees in the region with a turnover of £200m per annum in the local economy. 

“The long-term nature of the East Central hub programme will help provide both continuity of employment and future growth for this significant workforce together with opportunities for over 60 design team organisations and 500 sub-contractors who all operate within the East Central area.”

Over the next decade, the £500m in new projects is expected to lead to more than 350 work placements, more than 300 apprentice positions, nearly 500 vocational training qualifications, more than 500 additional training positions and substantial local employment positions.”

SFT chief executive Barry White said:  “This is a huge achievement for the hub initiative and SFT looks forward to working with the public and private sector partners to deliver significant local benefits.”

The East Central hub Territory partners include:  Angus, Clackmannanshire, Dundee, Falkirk, Fife, Perth & Kinross and Stirling Councils, as well as Central Scotland Fire and Rescue, Central Scotland Police, Fife Fire and Rescue, Fife Constabulary, NHS Fife, NHS Forth Valley, NHS Tayside, Tayside Fire and Rescue and Tayside Police.

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