Scotland’s PPP guidance updated

The Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) has updated operational guidance on PPP projects and Covid-19 as construction recovery plan published.

The document provides guidance for the public sector on dealing with the impact of COVID-19 on the performance of the private sector under PFI, PPP hub DBFM and NPD contracts. This guidance has been reviewed and reflects issues that may arise as the phases of easing of lockdown progress.

Among the updates, the SFT advises that parties should meet regularly to review the position as the situation develops to agree any changes to the revised operational standards, mitigations of the payment mechanism or other contractual arrangements, timescales and other relevant matters until the asset and service provision is returned to business as usual.

The update comes as the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum published a plan for the sector’s recovery from the impact of Covid-19.

The plan, which has been created following extensive consultation, focusses on the joint action required between the industry and the public sector to respond to the pandemic.

Peter Reekie, chief executive of the SFT and chair of the editorial group of the Scottish Construction Leadership Forum, said: “The construction industry in Scotland has received a major blow from the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the level of collaboration which has gone into preparing this Recovery Plan is unprecedented and sets a strong foundation for transformative recovery for the industry.”

Meanwhile, Willie Mackie has been named as the new chair of hub South West Scotland, succeeding John McClelland, and hub South East has completed the largest hub project, East Lothian Community Hospital.

The guidance is available here  while, the Scottish Construction Industry Recovery Plan is available here