Scotland and Uruguay have much in common including a strong ethic of equality and social justice.
As Uruguay begins a programme of school PPP projects, Martin Finnigan was invited by Sunny Sky Solutions to give his thoughts on what this charming Latin American country might earn from the Scottish experience.
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Escocia y Uruguay tienen mucho en común, incluyendo una fuerte ética de igualdad y justicia social.
Mientras Uruguay comienza un programa de proyectos APP escolares, Martin Finnigan fue invitado por Sunny Sky Solutions a dar sus pensamientos sobre lo que este encantador país latinoamericano podría ganar de la experiencia escocesa.
Haga clic aquí para leer más.
We have been reappointed to provide financial advisory support to Dumfries and Galloway Council for the operational phase of the Smarter Schools PPP project.
Stranraer Academy, refurbished and extended
This project was signed in 2008 and all eleven schools were operational by 2010. The project was financed by a £127 million facility provided by HSBC and the European Investment Bank.
This reappointment continues our long relationship with the Council which spanned the project business case, tender preparation and evaluation, financial close, and project effectiveness assignments during the operational phase.
Scotland has a great record of evolving PPP models to suit particular geographic, social and political conditions going back almost two decades. Meanwhile, recent developments in Wales are breaking new ground.
In two articles recently published on the FOMIN/Inter-American Development Bank and World Bank blogs, Martin Finnigan and Michael Walker explain some of the nuances and make the case for applying such models more widely.
We are very pleased to have been appointed by Angus Council to support the procurement of replacements for Muirfield and Ladyloan Primary Schools in the coastal town of Arbroath. The new schools will be developed under a single Design-Build-Finance-Maintain contract with hub East Central.
Each school will have a capacity of approximately 335 primary pupils and 72 pre-school pupils.
We will support the Council’s in-house team and are responsible for assessing whether financial submissions from the private sector partner are within the various limits set by the Territory Partnering Agreement and working with the financing partners to achieve a successful financial close to the project. We will liaise with technical specialists to calibrate the payment mechanism and will contribute to commercial negotiations.
This continues our long relationship with Angus Council which including supporting the initial feasibility study, and subsequently acting as transaction advisor, for the Forfar and Carnoustie schools PPP.
Caledonian Economics would like to congratulate NHS Orkney, Robertson Capital Projects and the project team on reaching financial close and signing the contracts for the New Orkney Hospital and Healthcare Facility.
With colleagues from QMPF we have been working with NHS Orkney for several years to support the business case and subsequent procurement under a variant of the Scottish PPP/NPD model.
The new Rural General Hospital will have 49 inpatient beds covering acute, cancer & palliative care, maternity and rehabilitation and will host a variety of services including two GP Practices, Dental and support services. When it opens in 2019 it will provide a state of the art modern building which will enhance the services staff can offer, utilising technology and the improved facilities.
More details here: http://www.ohb.scot.nhs.uk/new-hospital-and-healthcare-facilities
This continues Caledonian Economics’ long association with Orkney, having previously supported Orkney Islands Council on the procurement of the new Kirkwall Grammar School and Theatre, Pickaquoy Leisure Pool and Stromness Primary School, using a unique variant of the PPP structure.
We have been appointed by Glasgow City Council to advise on the procurement of two new primary schools through hub West Scotland. The new Blairdardie and Carntyne primary schools will be developed under a single hub/DBFM contract.
We will support the Council’s in-house team and are responsible for assessing financial submissions from the private sector partner, confirming that returns, margins and fees are value for money and consistent with pre-agreed levels. We will liaise with technical specialists to calibrate the payment mechanism, and will contribute to commercial negotiations.
West Lothian Council’s procurement of the new West Calder High School from hub South East reached Financial Close today, 14 December 2016.
This is the eleventh such Financial Close using the Scottish hub/DBFM PPP financing model that Caledonian Economics has advised on this year.
The new high school building has been designed to meet modern access requirements and support inclusion of pupils with additional learning needs in line with the ‘presumption of mainstream’.
The new location will enable greater community access to the very high standard of facilities, particularly physical education facilities for community use outwith core school hours.
We would like to congratulate NHS Grampian on achieving Financial Close (on 5 December 2016) with hub North Scotland Ltd on the project to build new health centres in Inverurie and Foresterhill (Aberdeen) using the hub/DBFM/PPP structure.
The total construction cost of around £22 million will be funded by institutional debt from Aviva, and subordinated debt from Currie & Brown Equitix, Galliford Try Investments, NHS Grampian, the Scottish Government and the Hub Charitable Foundation.
We advised NHS Grampian throughout the procurement up to and including financial close. Our responsibilities included assessing the financial submissions from the private sector partner, confirming levels of private sector returns, margins and fees, payment mechanism calibration, and support of commercial negotiations.
The Foresterhill Health Centre is being built within the site of Aberdeen General Hospital, adjacent to the Anchor Cancer Care Centre. It proximity will allow excellent liaison between Primary care and specialist services.
Inverurie Health Centre is home to the largest single General Practitioner practice in Scotland with around 21,000 registered patients, projected to rise to 30,000 by 2021. The new health centre will be a major improvement on the existing facility. At around 3,500 square metres, it will have space to incorporate community health services such as dental and community maternity provision. There will also be an energy centre as part of the development.
The UK Autumn Statement on 23 November 2016 saw Stirling’s City Deal announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer.
Caledonian Economics supported the Council, alongside Turner and Townsend, in developing their City Deal programme. The components of the City Deal plan include:
- a Digital District;
- further developments on the River Forth as a leisure and tourism resource;
- a new Civic and Harbour quarter; and,
- plans for a City Park in the shadow of Stirling Castle.
The Caledonian Economics team worked closely with colleagues at Turner and Townsend and the Council to develop the economic impact assessment for each of the projects.
Education PPP seminar
This October with Maria Jimena Cordoba from Castalia we provided a Education PPP training workshop for Uruguayan government agencies including Corporación Nacional de Desarollo (CND), Administración Nacional de Educación Pública (ANEP) and the Institute for Children and Adolescents (INAU) in Montevideo. The workshop covered international experience with Education PPP and management of PPP contracts.
We also delivered a presentation on best practice in Education PPPs at a breakfast briefing event in Montevideo organised by the Inter-American Development Bank, the Development Bank of Latin America (CAF) and the World Bank to promote the forthcoming Uruguay Kindergarten PPP project.
Approximately 100 delegates from across the Uruguayan PPP industry heard our presentation which described the Scottish experience of Education PPP over the last twenty years.