Infrastructure Investment Plan 2021-22 to 2025-26: programme pipeline update - March 2022

This pipeline update provides information relating to the delivery of key major infrastructure programmes included at Annex D of our Infrastructure Investment Plan published in February 2021 and other ongoing key major infrastructure programmes included within previous updates.

Sector: Boosting competitiveness

Programme name: National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS)

Programme description: Funding to progress the new National Manufacturing

Institute Scotland (NMIS) with aim to develop and enhance skills, accelerate innovation and improve productivity. Also supports delivery of Advancing Manufacturing Challenge Fund to spread reach and benefits of advanced manufacturing.

Estimated total investment: £75 million.

How is programme being funded: Capital funded.

Programme delivery timetable: End of 2022-23.

Latest programme progress: Construction on the NMIS HQ is progressing on time and handover of the building from Morrison Construction to the NMIS Engineering Services team remains on schedule for the summer when it will begin filling the bright space with cutting-edge digital advanced manufacturing technology. NMIS is delivering for the manufacturing sector now: through the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, Manufacturing Skills Academy and SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) engagement team - and through their partnership with Boeing's new £12 million R&D facility which was officially opened on 5 October 2021.

The NMIS Board and Executive team are now in place and are responsible for day-to-day governance.

Contribution to economic development: NMIS is the future of Scottish manufacturing and is helping to transform manufacturing skills, productivity and innovation right across Scotland. It will also help manufacturers transition to new and emerging markets.

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Programme name: Cairngorm Mountain

Programme description: Investment in resort to support recovery of tourism sector in Scotland, stabilise operations and enhance visitor experiences. Re-instatement of funicular including strengthening the structure, building improvements, electrification of snow cannons, existing tow infrastructure, paths and car parking

Estimated total investment: £21 million.

How is programme being funded: Capital funded. £10 million provided by the Scottish Government with the remainder funded from Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), including £8.5 million from the proceeds of sale of the Centre for Health Sciences.

Programme delivery timetable: 2020-21 to 2022-23 .

Latest programme progress: Work commenced in late 2020, and restarted in April 2021 following a break for the winter. Completion was initially forecast for late 2021 but due to technical challenges, COVID-19 impacts and sever weather, it is now expected in the second half of 2022 after which, Department for Transport approval will be required to enable operations to restart. The extension to the programme delivery timetable will have a financial impact and HIE is reviewing the programme costs and will confirm a revised budget as soon as it is possible to do so.

Contribution to economic development: The investment is expected to realise significant economic and wider benefits, including supporting the wider tourism sector and generating or supporting 1,000 job-years over the next 30 years (average of 33 FTE posts per year). The full rationale for investment in Cairngorm Mountain is set out in the full business case prepared by HIE and approved by the Scottish Government in October 2020. An executive summary and the business case document (with some redactions made for commercial sensitivity and the effective conduct of public affairs) are publicly available on the HIE website at Executive Summary and Business Case Document.

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