Putting Theory into Practice

Paul McGirk, chief executive, Hub South East Scotland

Projects under development nationally through the Hub initiative are currently valued at over £1bn with the potential for the pipeline to grow to £2bn over the next 10 years. The model is no longer theoretical – it is delivering for its public sector partners and fast becoming the procurement vehicle of choice.

With facilities worth £71m now open and operational across Scotland, £223m worth of projects in construction and £767m in development, the Hub initiative is gathering pace. The Hubcos are working with the Scottish Futures Trust, public sector partners and the supply chain to further develop and strengthen a sustainable pipeline of projects.

Hub South East Scotland has delivered 14 facilities worth more than £44m in the Lothians and Borders. As is the intended nature of the model, Hub South East prides itself on going beyond the role of a traditional construction partner to assist partners with master planning and supporting service delivery. Hubco is also delivering on its commitment to wider economic gain with 92% of contracts on completed jobs awarded to Scottish SMEs last year.

Hub North Scotland has achieved a key milestone with the successful completion of the first design, build, finance and maintain project in the Hub National Programme – the £15m Aberdeen Community Health Care Village. A schools programme features significantly for Hub North, having £300m of projects in development for delivery over the next two years.

Hub East Central Scotland, through its open approach to project delivery, has established a supply chain with more than 100 building and facilities management contractors, designers and specialist advisers engaged across the £430m development pipeline. They are also facilitating true partnership working between public sector partners across a significant schools and healthcare programme of facilities.

Hub West Scotland has been selected as the development partner to lead £250m of projects for public sector partners. Hub West is leading on the delivery of two reference designs, which will deliver benefits for the public sector across Scotland. The reference designs for the primary school and the integrated health and social care facility are being shared between partners to deliver efficiencies, best practice and value for money.

Hub South West Scotland has got off to a flying start with eight projects under construction across a potential pipeline of circa £400m. Their engagement with suppliers has included a leading-edge programme of supply chain development. Their investment in a Supply Chain Institute and Skills Academy is demonstrating that the Hub supply chain philosophy has started to deliver economic and community benefits to the region.