Community infrastructure delivered by hub East Central tops £800m
The value of hub East Central Scotland community infrastructure across Perthshire, Tayside, Forth Valley and Fife has grown in the last year by over £100 million to £834m, of which £504m is now open and operational.
The figures were published in hub East Central Scotland’s Annual report for 2020-21, which also shows a further £84m of project work currently under construction and £245m in development.
During the year, communities across the region benefitted from ten early learning and childcare facilities, newly refurbished health centres and a state-of-the-art catering services unit.
Ian Mullen, chairman, hub East Central Scotland, said: “Improving people’s lives in our communities is integral to everything that we do. In the year, our projects created 474 work placements, created 444 jobs and achieved 132% of our target for employment and skills outcomes.
“We work closely with our public sector partners and contractors to support local SME’s and give them the opportunity to bid for work on hub projects across the region with initiatives such as ‘Meet the Buyer’ events. Once again, this year more than half the value of project work was awarded to companies within the territory.
“We are committed to reducing the environmental impact of community buildings and have introduced the Passivhaus standard to provide a high level of comfort for occupants while using very little energy for heating and cooling. Work has started on our first new Passivhaus primary school which will deliver a significant reduction in energy consumption. Our team has also delivered several successful workshops for Participants to advise on how to adapt existing buildings to meet the standard.
“Our strategic development fund has now provided £3.4m in support for feasibility studies and concept development that enable public bodies to deliver valuable new community infrastructure. They recognise the value that we offer as a strategic development partner, bringing innovation, expertise and experience to ensure quality and delivery.
“Issues thrown up by the pandemic will continue to create challenges as we move forward, with pressure on logistics and materials, but we continue to operate with a strong model that supports social value. We are confident of continued success in the year ahead, with over £300m of projects already under construction or in development.”
An independent report published by economic and social researchers EKOS Ltd this year found that the hub programme has performed well against its objectives. The report recognises that the hub has delivered substantial social impacts and community benefits across Scotland.