This year marks the 10th anniversary of the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) since it started operating as Scottish Government's independent centre of infrastructure expertise.
From the outset our focus was to work hand in hand with Scotland’s public sector to help plan, fund, deliver and manage infrastructure projects better.
Ten years on and that focus remains the same but increasingly we are now concentrating our efforts on the outcomes of our work and how they drive Scotland’s response to climate change, inclusive growth and where we can add value and support our places better.
Some examples of this include:
Managing the £1.8bn Scotland’s Schools for the Future programme to build 117 schools - the majority of which are open for the public to enjoy and benefit from as well
Unlocking funding to deliver the multi award-winning V&A museum in Dundee (close to one million visitors went through its doors in the first year alone)
Leading the Scotland-wide hub infrastructure programme which has seen more than 180 community projects completed and the value of the programme rising from £2bn to nearly £3.3bn
Designing and leading the £25m 4G infill programme that will deliver much needed digital connectivity to Scotland’s remote and rural communities
Managing numerous construction programmes that have supported many thousands of local jobs, the vast majority of which have been with local SMEs
Equipping Scotland’s councils with evaluation tools to invest in LED streetlights – so far, over 55% of Scotland’s 900,000 streetlights have been converted helping councils save £25m each year
As an organisation, we have grown to a business of 80 specialists who provide expert advice and guidance as well as manage an ever-expanding portfolio of infrastructure programmes across the public sector.
Reflecting the dynamic environment we operate in and the speed at which change happens, we are now managing a number of infrastructure programmes which were not even on our radar ten years ago; for example, the infrastructure required for digital datacentres and district heating schemes, or helping plan the infrastructure that’s needed for electric vehicle charging.
To illustrate the different sectors we work across and some of the milestones we along with our countless public and private sector partners have reached over the past ten years, we have produced this interactive website.
Each of the financial years (either to the left or up above depending on what device you're using) offers a snapshot of the positive impacts our work is having across Scotland since we started back in May 2009.