Further And Higher Education
In 2017 the following projects were taken forward:
Forth Valley College (Falkirk Campus)
In 2017 the Scottish Government approved the final design stage of the project and building work is now underway. The total cost of the project is £78 million with Scottish Government investment in the project being £65 million capital funding. The operational date for this project is expected in September 2019.
College Energy Efficiency Programme
In 2017 the College Energy Efficiency Programme provided £4 million towards low carbon projects in Borders College, Edinburgh College, Newbattle Abbey College and West Lothian College.
College Estate Condition Survey
The Scottish Funding Council ( SFC) published their College Estate Condition Survey in December 2017 which will ensure that future funding decisions for college estate requirements will be considered using the evidence provided in the survey along with the business cases made by the sector. The survey provides a 5-year plan of the required capital maintenance across the sector.
Looking to the future, in 2018 we will combine the best practices of development policies for schools with the future development of Colleges through the Learning Estates Infrastructure Plan to be published later in 2018.
The total capital funding for universities in 2018-19 including Financial Transactions, will be £81.3 million. Financial Transactions for the university sector have grown substantially to £40 million for 2018-19. Taken together with capital maintenance funding, this represents a significant and welcome source of capital investment for institutions
The SFC now have a robust evidence base of the higher education sector’s year-on-year life-cycle maintenance needs. This reflects the diversity across the Scottish Higher education estate of the costs associated with maintaining the sector’s teaching and research facilities. The SFC will further enhance that evidence base during the course of 2018-19.
HE Carbon Reduction Programme – the SFC announced a £20 million HE Carbon reduction fund in 2017-18 to be funded through Financial Transactions.
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