Infrastructure Investment Plan 2021-22 to 2025-26: programme pipeline update - March 2023

This pipeline provides information relating to key major infrastructure programmes with an investment of £20 million or more included at Annex D of our Infrastructure Investment Plan, published in February 2021.

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Sector: Schools

Programme name: Learning Estate Investment Programme

Programme description: The programme will benefit tens of thousands of pupils across Scotland. The programme will see more schools that are low emission, digitally enabled and better connected to their local communities.

Estimated total investment:

£2 billion of infrastructure investment will be enabled (£1 billion capital-equivalent investment from the Scottish Government with rest from Local Authorities. The Scottish Government's contribution will be funded through an outcomes-based funding model over a 25 year period from project completion).

How is programme being funded: 50/50 split between Scottish Government and local authorities.

Programme delivery timetable: All projects are expected to be complete by the end of 2027.

Latest programme progress: The first phase of school projects to benefit from funding through the Learning Estate Investment Programme (LEIP) was announced in September 2019. A second phase was announced in December 2020. Details of the schools can be found on the Scottish Government website at Learning Estate Investment Programme.

The first LEIP projects started construction during the summer of 2021. The successful third phase of LEIP projects will be announced in 2023.

Contribution to economic development: Investment in infrastructure is synonymous with economic growth. The LEIP is driving investment in new jobs in line with the Construction Industry Training Board published benchmarks for the education sector as well as providing Scotland's learners with facilities that help equip the workforce of the future.

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