Scottish Futures Trust: Connected
Tuesday 27 August 2019

Scotland's GDP could rise £17bn through enhanced 5G capability 

SFT has published its report on Scotland's digital potential with enhanced 4G and 5G capability, outlining that if Scotland capitalises on opportunities presented by 4G and 5G, in just over 15 years Scotland’s GDP could increase by £17bn.

The report has been published to coincide with the publication of Scottish Government’s 5G strategy, setting out Scottish Government’s commitment and the steps it will take to embrace the huge economic benefits to be derived from enhanced 4G and 5G capabilities.


Momentum builds across
ELC expansion programme

Significant investment is being planned by local authorities over the next 12 months as they continue the roll-out of their Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) expansion plans.  

SFT’s education team continues to work with Scottish Government, local authorities and partners to support the delivery of the programme, with much of the activity to date focussing on making the best use of existing facilities.  

Some local authorities are taking an innovative approach to delivery as these links demonstrate - South Ayrshire Council (Cherry Tree ELC Centre) and Inverclyde Council (additional capacity within the grounds of Weymess Bay Nursery).

If you'd like to know more about the ELC programme or how SFT can help, please contact Alastair Young or Ann Jacob-Chandler.

Residents move in

The first residents have moved into a new housing complex in Saltcoats following the successful handover of hub South West's first housing development to North Ayrshire Council.

The £6.4 million development, constructed by Ashleigh (Scotland), has 36 accessible one-and two-bedroom flats with communal areas including a lounge, a dining room, a private courtyard and a social services hub.


First new school in 25 years

hub East Central has delivered Scotland’s first brand new secondary school in more than 25 years.

Bertha Park High School is a £32.5m project led by hub East Central on behalf of Perth & Kinross Council with Robertson as the contractor.

Located on the outskirts of Perth, the school is unique in that it is an entirely new school and not a replacement, and was delivered through the SFT-managed Scotland's Schools for the Future programme on behalf of Scottish Government. 

In addition, Bertha Park is one of only 17 schools in the world (and the only one in the UK) to be selected as part of the Microsoft Flagship Schools programme. The US giant has provided expertise to the school, advising on how to make the most of technology to improve the learning experience for pupils and give staff increased flexibility with delivering the curriculum.


New lease of life to old hospital

Working with NHS Tayside, SFT provided strategic guidance and support in bringing the disused Sunnyside Royal Hospital in Montrose to market, selling it to developer, the FM Group. 

The developer has now started building 450 homes that is bringing much-needed inward investment, jobs and housing to the area.


First 4G infill mast complete

The first mast to be installed across the SFT-managed 4G infill programme has been completed in a remote location in the Highlands - to watch a short video of it being built, please click this link - 4G infill mast video.

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