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Thursday 7 July 2022

Website launched detailing 140,000 public assets for mobile network infrastructure

A transformative project aimed at accelerating mobile digital connectivity across Scotland has marked a major milestone with the launch of the Infralink-Exchange platform showing locations of over 140,000 public sector land, buildings and street furniture assets where mobile network equipment can be installed.

Sarah Eynon, programme director for Digital Infrastructure at SFT and who leads the Infralink-Exchange programme, said: "This is a significant step forward for the project because it means mobile network operators seeking to improve coverage in communities across the region can easily access the robust database of over 140,000 assets and easily find out where they can install macro and small cell equipment as well as details of potential willing landlords.

"Increasing Scotland’s connectivity is a crucial economic driver towards post-pandemic recovery and to further attracting inward investment. Key to the success of this pilot project is having a process for data identification, incorporation and management that is sustainable and can be applied across the whole of Scotland."

Consultation launched on draft Construction Accord

Our chief executive, Peter Reekie is also chair of the executive group of the Construction Leadership Forum (CLF). It was established in 2019 as a vehicle for dialogue between industry and government on the key issues impacting the construction sector in Scotland

Recently, the CLF has overseen the development of a
draft Construction Accord between the public sector and the construction industry and now is calling on all parties to engage with the draft Accord.

The Accord is seeking to improve outcomes for the businesses and workforce which make up the construction and associated industries and from the industry for its clients, the economy, wider society and the environment.

Yesterday, Peter was at a construction site in Glasgow where a short video was recorded of him talking about the importance of getting involved in the consultation process, which you can watch and listen to 

The CLF would welcome your feedback on the draft Construction Accord via this email - with Friday 29 July the deadline for submissions.

New inclusive growth reports published

What is inclusive growth? How do you deliver it, and importantly, how can you measure it? 

To help answer these questions and many more, we’ve been working with EKOS, an economic and social research team together with multi-disciplinary consultancy, Dark Matter Labs, to better understand the role infrastructure plays in supporting inclusive growth outcomes.  

Our commissioned report, Measuring and Valuing the Inclusive Growth Impact from Infrastructure Investment is now available via the link below.

The benefits of sharing workspace

In The Scotsman newspaper earlier this week, Iain Wardrop, an associate director in our Asset Strategy team, outlined the many benefits when public sector organisations share their workspace, either with other public bodies or the private sector, with examples from Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Argyll & Bute Council.

Vacancy in our Digital Infrastructure Team

We have a vacancy in our Digital Infrastructure Team at Associate Director level.

The one year, fixed-term position is to provide support to our Digital Infrastructure Programme Director and to Scottish Government colleagues to evaluate and review mobile connectivity activity in Scotland and other relevant countries to help shape future strategic considerations.

In addition, the person will provide a day-to-day programme management role on the Infralink-Exchange programme, as highlighted at the top of this Bulletin.
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