Working with Castalia Strategic Advisers and with support from the Inter-American Development Bank we advised the Government of Uruguay and Corporación Nacional para el Desarrollo (CND) on the development of financial and technical aspects of the Uruguayan early years education PPP programme. This will create up to 60 kindergartens and family support centres to support the national poverty reduction and social inclusion policy.
Our responsibilities included project financial modelling, international best practice studies and the development of bespoke technical documentation which drew on our extensive experience of PPP transactions and implementation.
We have been selected as preferred bidder, alongside partners in Istanbul, Ankara and Warsaw, to assist the Government of Turkey and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development with the design and implementation of the Ministry of Health Monitoring Unit for the national Healthcare PPP programme.
This is the largest Healthcare PPP programme in the world and will deliver at least 14 new hospitals with over 26,000 beds.
Working with LPS, we delivered a half day seminar and web broadcast to around seventy representatives from Latvian municipalities and local government bodies. The Webinar described the Scottish experience of PPP, its evolution to meet the particular social aspirations of the nation, and its relevance to other states of similar size and latitude.
We recently undertook a review of Dumfries and Galloway Council’s payment mechanism monitoring procedures for their Schools PPP programme.
Our work involved recalculating a sample of applicable deductions and a broader assessment of how their procedures worked in practice, noting any areas for improvement. We identified a number of potential efficiencies for the Council as a result of this review.
Scottish Borders Council’s replacement for Kelso High School reached financial close on 19 February 2016. The new school for 850 pupils will be built and serviced by Hub South East Scotland under a 25 year hub/DBFM/PPP contract.
We supported the Council’s internal team throughout the process. Our services included liaison with central government to confirm the financial support package, testing and interrogation of the commercial financial model, and liaison with the technical and legal team to ensure that the model, payment mechanism and contract were consistent and reflected the position agreed between the parties during the contract negotiations.
We are proud to have continued our long relationship with Moray Council and to have supported them on the procurement the new Elgin High School which was signed in February this year on the basis of the hub DBFM PPP structure. Previously, we supported the Council on the procurement of Elgin Academy and Keith Primary School.
The new school is a replacement for the original buildings, built in 1978. The school is a 6 year non-denominational comprehensive school with serving south Elgin and the adjoining rural areas. The new buildings will cater for 800 pupils and will have a separate sports block, an all-weather sports pitch and an athletics track. The school’s sports and performance facilities will be available for community use.
We are delighted to have acted as financial advisers to the Shetland Islands Council to support their procurement of a replacement for Anderson High School in Lerwick. The project reached financial close on the 29th of July 2015.
The project comprises the 1,180 pupil secondary school (£42 million DBFM contract) and new halls of residence (£13 million Design and Build contract). It will be delivered by hub North Scotland ltd.
The new school will be the UK’s most remote and most northerly six year secondary school.
Following the recommendations of our 2012 review of the schools estate in Caithness, Highland Council embarked on a complete regeneration of the schools in the northern town of Wick. This comprised the creation of the new Noss Primary School under a design and build contract with hub North Scotland, and the replacement of Wick High School and two primary schools with a single 3-18 campus school under a hub/DBFM/PPP contract.
We subsequently advised the Council on the procurement of the 3-18 campus and associated community facilities. This DBFM/PPP procurement reached financial close with our support on 19 December 2014 and the new school is due to open in October 2016.
We advised the Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service on the business case, procurement and development of KPIs for their purpose-built national centre. The project reached financial close in 2014 and the facility opened in 2017, marking a step change in the sustainability of service delivery. It involves consolidating three existing blood, tissue and cell manufacturing and testing facilities, plus associated functions in a purpose built facility at Heriot Watt Research Park in Edinburgh.