SPRUCE (Scottish Partnership for Regeneration in Urban Centres) is a £50 million fund that offers loans and equity investments to revenue generating infrastructure and energy efficiency projects to support regeneration in 13 eligible local authority areas in Scotland.
The Scottish Government established SPRUCE using European Regional Development Funds in conjunction with the JESSICA (Joint European Support for Sustainable Investment in City Areas) programme.
One of the major benefits of JESSICA/SPRUCE is that funds will be recycled and can be used for future regeneration projects. In addition to the infrastructure delivered all contractors include Community Benefit in Procurement clauses in contracts and as a result provide jobs and training opportunities for local people.
Seven Projects have been supported with more than £48m of investment agreed:
- Dundyvan, Coatbridge – £1.8m was used to create business units to support development of commercial workspace for Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs). The investment has a potential to support up to 100 jobs and provide space for up to 16 SMEs.
- Queen Street, Glasgow – £9.6m was used to create a substantial Grade A office development in the city centre. It will accommodate up to 1,500 workers and during construction help to support 250 jobs in the sector and 30 apprenticeships.
- St Vincent Plaza, Glasgow – a new Grade A office development in the city centre received £9.6m investment. It will support approximately 400 jobs in the construction sector and accommodate up to 2,600 workers on completion.
- Haymarket, Edinburgh – this project received £9.6m SPRUCE contribution to remediate a four-acre site and undertake works within the ground to prepare it for further investment. Total anticipated project cost for Phase 1 is £29.5m. The overall £200m project will provide five mixed-use development buildings (offices, retail, leisure and a hotel), with the total space of 650,000ft2. The groundwork will support up to 300 jobs and through community benefit clauses provide eight employment opportunities, 26 training places and six apprenticeships.
- Guardbridge, Fife - £11m to deliver a project which will regenerate 36 acres of a former paper mill, to create a Low Carbon Innovation Centre, linked to St Andrews University buildings. The overall project is estimated to cost £25m. The University has secured a £10m grant from the Scottish Funding Council’s (SFC) Carbon Reduction Programme. The project is forecast to deliver both considerable carbon and regeneration outcomes through the ‘Guardbridge Guarantee’.
- North Lanarkshire – Western Campus, Strathclyde Business Park - £2.1m to provide development of a 44k ft2 industrial business park with 97 car parking spaces being developed as a JV between Fusion Assets and CBC, who worked together successfully to deliver the Dundyvan scheme
- District heating Scheme at Broomhill, Glasgow - £5m to deliver a project which will comprise the construction of two new energy centres, providing heating and hot water for 702 connected homes. The project is projected to schedule to deliver significant CO2 savings over its life, with the first full year of operations scheduled to deliver 2,008 tonnes of CO2 savings at a cost of £2,491 per tonne