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Delivering Scotland's New Infrastructure and Increased Capital Investment: 10th Annual Conference

Thu 30th Jan 2020

, Leonardo Murrayfield

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This conference examines the Scottish Government's plans for delivering new infrastructure and capital investment in Scotland. It discusses the implications of raising overall levels of capital expenditure by an additional £1.5 billion per year and, alongside that, the objectives of the work of the Scottish Futures Trust and the Scottish Infrastructure Commission. It will assess how increased capital spending together with major strategic drivers - such as City Region Deals, NPF4 in strategic planning, and initiatives in infrastructure-led sectors including housing, transport, low carbon, digital and cities - will shape the profile of capital infrastructure investment and new projects.

Nicola Sturgeon MSP, First Minister, Scottish Government has stated that:

"Traditionally, the level of Government infrastructure investment in the UK has lagged behind other G7 countries. For Scotland to close that gap, we would need to increase annual investment by around 1% of gross domestic product, which is equivalent to an additional £1.5 billion a year. I can announce today that we will aim to close that gap by the end of the next session of Parliament."

Parliamentary Debate, Programme for Government 2018-19, 4th September 2018

The Scottish Government initially prioritised investment in capital projects as a response to economic downturn and austerity in public finances. Now infrastructure investment is explicitly recognised as one of the four pillars of the Scottish Government's economic strategy. With commitments to both long term strategic planning and investment in infrastructure and immediate investment in core areas, infrastructure projects and associated capital spending are set for sustained high levels of activity. 

Scotland has a number of initiatives under way which shape current and future spend:

  • the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland has been launched to take a 30 year view of strategic activity
  • NPF4 is expected to mature in 2020 with proposals for the planning of major projects
  • a range of City Deals are unpacking
  • the Scottish Futures trust is charged with identifying ways to bring better value for money into infrastructure investment as well as innovating on new ways to fund infrastructure.

Complementing strategic planning initiatives is a series of spending plans for current and future years. These include projects in education, cities growth, housing, health, digital infrastructure and transport worth - together with other capital programme projects - more than £5 billion in 2019-20. We will examine the enhanced infrastructure and capital spending environment ahead for Scotland, explain how plans are being developed and explore the opportunities that lie ahead.

The conference will focus on three broad themes - the strategic picture on infrastructure in Scotland, making infrastructure work (understanding where we are and where we need to be) and finally, examining the major opportunities ahead.

It will bring together those involved in the design, funding, commissioning and delivery of capital projects in Scotland. The day will provide an opportunity for those on both supply and demand sides of Scottish infrastructure to come together to discuss the programme ahead.

Benefits of Attending

  • Understand the key strategic initiatives shaping Scotland's infrastructure programme
  • Discuss the increased £ billions of capital investment planned by Scottish Government
  • Hear from the bodies shaping both long and short term infrastructure projects and planning
  • Learn about the prospects for a possible Scottish National Infrastructure Company
  • Discover what the core areas of activity are likely to be in key sectors such as transport, housing, cities and low carbon
  • Examine how funding models and mechanisms may evolve
  • Meet and network with key players in both the demand and supply side of Scottish infrastructure
  • Know how Scottish Government thinking on aligning spending and projects with growth dividends will shape infrastructure plans
  • Find out what's coming next and what the project pipeline might be

Who Should Attend

This conference will be relevant for anyone involved in the planning, building, maintenance, financing or delivery of infrastructure in Scotland.

It is for anyone in the public or private sector:

  • working in the development and maintenance of infrastructure projects and capital investment
  • with responsibility for commissioning or strategic planning of infrastructure projects
  • engaged in placemaking, partnership working or regeneration in major projects.

This includes those in engineering and infrastructure companies, regulators, infrastructure lawyers, planners, academics and managers, project managers and professional advisors, those working in capital and infrastructure project services supply and partners in the infrastructure supply chain.


Michael Matheson MSP

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Scottish Government

Hannah Smith

Director, ICE Scotland

Peter Reekie

Chief Executive, Scottish Futures Trust

Tony Rose

Secretariat, Infrastructure Commission for Scotland

Mark Taylor

Audit Director, Audit Scotland

Stuart Murray

Senior Associate, Brodies

Duncan Sutherland

Group Regeneration Director, Sigma Capital Group and Board Member, Homes England

Dr Fiona Simpson

Assistant Chief Planner, Scottish Government

Fiona Brown

Head of Strategic Transport Planning, Transport Scotland

Andy Nichol

Programme Manager, Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal/Edinburgh 2050 City Vision, City of Edinburgh Council

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This was in interesting topic supplemented by excellent panel. Great event.

Delegate, Scottish Government,
Fraser of Allander Scotland's Budget Briefing, 26 September 2017