Infrastructure Investment Plan progress report for 2015
- The Family Centre and Help Hub at HM Prison &Young Offenders Institution Grampian was opened in June 2015.
- The last stage of the decommissioning of HM Prison Aberdeen and HM Prison Peterhead has been achieved with completion of the demolition of HM Prison Aberdeen in June 2015. The Peterhead site has been sold to Score Group PLC and the Aberdeen site is to be transferred to Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association, a Registered Social Landlord, who will build affordable housing for key workers on the site with the assistance of Scottish Government funding.
- Plans for Women in Custody - the Cabinet Secretary for Justice announced in January 2015 the decision not to proceed with previous proposals for a large new prison for female offenders in Inverclyde, as this did not fit with the Government's vision for meeting the needs of female prisoners and reducing female offending. The decision was also taken not to proceed with the construction of a new facility for women at HM Prison Edinburgh. In June 2015, the Cabinet Secretary for Justice announced proposals to build a new 80-place prison at the Cornton Vale site, near Stirling, and five community custodial units, each accommodating up to 20 women, at various locations around Scotland. Work to identify the final locations for the community units is proceeding in dialogue with local partners.
- HM Prison Highland - A feasibility study is currently being progressed on a potential site and detailed discussions are ongoing with the site owners.
- HM Prison Glasgow - Work to identify appropriate potential sites is ongoing. Preliminary discussions have been entered into with the owners of a prospective site.
Justice Centre Project
- Work to purchase a suitable site for the Inverness Justice Centre is ongoing with the intention to procure and commence construction in 2016-17 and completion in 2018.
Police Scotland ICT
- The i6 programme, which will deliver significant benefits across Police Scotland is currently under review between Police Scotland, SPA and the contractor. Further work has been commissioned on a range of options for reconfiguring the programme and no decisions have yet been made on those options.
Emergency Services Future Communications
- Ahead of the expiry of contracts underpinning the Airwave telecommunications system currently used by the emergency services across Scotland, and the rest of Great Britain in 2015 a Full Business Case was prepared and approved for the collaborative procurement of, and transition to, successor provision. The Home Office-led programme let the contracts for the main lots to Motorola and EE in December 2015. The mobilisation phase has now commenced, laying the basis for region-by-region transition to the new network to begin in 2017.