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Robertson confirmed for East Central hub as value climbs to £500m

The Scottish Future’s Trust has confirmed the Amber Blue constortium – comprised of Robertson Group, Amber Infrastructure and FES – as preferred bidder for the East Central Hub, a deal that could now be worth £500 million.

The hub contract, which comprises a range of health, Education and public sector work, was originally advertised to be worth £150m but a spokesman said the value of the deal had risen as more public authorities joined the deal.

Projects will be delivered through a joint venture company – hubco – formed between the public bodies and the consortium.

The Scottish Future’s Trust said the flexibility of the supply chain would offer “many opportunities for local SMEs” to get involved in delivering projects in their local area.

SFT chief executive Barry White said:  “This is a great achievement for the East Central Territory hub team board. 

“I look forward to the East Central hubco working with local suppliers and contractors to deliver quality buildings to provide improved public services for communities right across the East Central hub territory.

“Across Scotland, the hub programme is already building or developing in excess of £100m of essential projects to local communities which in turn will support service improvements to local communities.”

Tom Steele who chairs the East Central Territory hub Programme Board said:  “Amber Blue, with its far reaching and dynamic approach is best placed to deliver better value-for-money buildings which will facilitate and enhance joint working across the public sector for the benefit of our communities.”

Amber Blue bid director Neil MCCormick said the consortium had already started speaking to local suppliers for specific projects.

Construction projects already identified within the East Central Territory hub, include:

  • Glenwood Health Centre, Glenrothes
  • Brechin High School
  • Child and Adolescent Mental Health, Dundee
  • Harris Academy, Dundee
  • St Johns/Claremont Primary Schools, Alloa  

The current hub investment pipeline of projects across the two live hubs stands at nearly £700m and when all five hubs are operational, it’s predicted that over £1.4bn of public sector infrastructure projects will be delivered by 2020.

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