Scottish hub programme delivers £2bn of education infrastructure
Scotland’s five regional hub companies have delivered 151 new schools and nurseries to the value of £2 billion across Scotland.
The public-private partnership bodies will come together for the Learning Places Scotland conference on November 23 at SEC Glasgow to showcase their success in creating modern learning facilities that will benefit communities for many years to come.
The hub companies continue to build on their successful track record with a further £310 million of education projects under construction and £524m in development.
An independent report published this year by economic and social researchers EKOS Ltd found that the hub programme has performed well against its objectives, delivering substantial social impacts and community benefits across Scotland. The hub companies have adopted a social value approach to their projects that includes economic impact and sustainability in the communities they serve.
Peter Reekie, chief executive of the Scottish Futures Trust, that manages the hub Programme, explained: “Since their inception, the five hub companies have worked with local authorities to deliver learning places which provide great environments for young people to thrive.
“All of those involved from the client teams and the hub companies themselves through their design and construction supply chains to the smallest SMEs should be proud of the outcomes they have delivered for the industry and local economies as projects have been successfully delivered, and for communities across Scotland through the buildings they have created.”
Jamie Hepburn MSP, minister for higher education and further education, youth employment and training, will give the keynote address at the conference. The theme of the event is ‘Scotland’s Learning Estate – Connecting People, Places and Learning’, which aims to support more collaboration around the planning and implementation of new integrated learning environments to improve education and the life chances of children and young people.