Female Custodial Estate
Work to build a new 80 place national facility for women in custody and 24 place assessment centre at the existing site of HMP Cornton Vale is progressing. The Invitation to tender (ITT) for construction work was issued in November 2018 and bids are expected in May 2019 with the national facility expected to be constructed by late summer 2021 instead of end of 2020 as originally planned.
The invitation to tender for the Dundee Community Custody Unit (16 place) was issued on 21 February 2019, with a return date scheduled 17 May 2019. The ITT for the Glasgow Lilias Centre (24 place) issued on 31 January 2019, with a return date by 26 April 2019. A contract award is anticipated by July 2019. The Community Custody Unit operational date currently remains on track for the end of 2020.
HM Prison Highland
The new prison is to be located at Inverness Retail and Business Park and will have a design capacity for 200. The production of invitation to tender documentation has been ongoing. The revised timetable is that work could start on site from April 2021. On this basis, work on site could be completed by the end of 2022. The programme and timetable for this work will be reviewed.
HM Prison Glasgow
A suitable site has been identified in the Glasgow area and the Scottish Prison Service is working towards a Pre-Application Notice in April 2019, leading to public consultation in summer 2019, with a formal planning application late summer. Subject to achieving an efficient passage through the planning process, planning approval and site purchase is likely within 2019-20.
HM Prison Greenock 'R'
The site at Inverclyde remains ready for development, following earlier site clearance and enabling works. Concept design work for a 300 place prisoner are at an advanced stage. However, to address Scottish Government funding requirements the release of the ITT is not scheduled for release until funding is made available.
Inverness Justice Centre Project
A suitable site close to the town centre and the bus and train links was purchased and planning permission obtained. Subsequent enabling works were completed and the main construction works commenced in March 2018. Construction completion is due in December 2019 with facility becoming operational in April 2020.
Police Scotland ICT
Investment in the use of technology is a key objective of Policing 2026: Serving A Changing Scotland, the long-term strategy for policing in Scotland which was published in June 2017. Police Scotland's associated three year implementation plan describes how the service will utilise technology to enable workforce efficiency and operational effectiveness going forward. This will be underpinned by Police Scotland's Digital, Data and ICT (DDICT) Strategy (May 2018), with a view to implementing the strategy through plans contained within Police Scotland's DDICT Outline Business Case (September 2018).
Early work to modernise key platform technology is already underway, with funding having been released by the Scottish Government to support the delivery of a new national network and national domain for Police Scotland, with the roll out of mobile devices to frontline officers scheduled to begin in 2019-20. Moving forward the service intends to take an incremental approach to ICT development, building on learning that is available from other ICT projects.
Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme
A Home Office-led programme called the Emergency Services Mobile Communications Programme (ESMCP) is progressing the introduction of the Emergency Services Network (ESN) that aims to move the emergency services across Great Britain from their existing critical voice communication system - known as Airwave. The Full Business Case (FBC) is currently being refreshed and the national shutdown date for Airwave has been extended to December 2022.
The original ESMCP ran into considerable difficulties in 2017 due to delays in the delivery of the technology proposed caused by supplier and programme delivery delays. In 2018 the programme underwent a re-set following a review led by the Home Office Permanent Under Secretary. This review considered a range of options, including cancellation, and concluded ESMCP was still the right strategic solution. It recommended the programme should continue with a revised delivery approach, focusing on incremental delivery as well as a switch to an alternative and established Push-To-Talk voice communications application that benefited from a clearly defined path to industry standards compliance.
A refreshed Full Business Case (FBC) outlines the accepted recommendations from the re-set process and Scottish Government as a sponsor body of ESMCP continue to work collaboratively with the three blue light emergency services (Police, Fire & Ambulance) in Scotland to assess ESMCP's technical capability, affordability and the wider community benefits it will offer. The completed FBC will require re-approval through our governance processes, which will be completed during 2019.