Infrastructure Finance & Programmes

We are delivering and managing net zero infrastructure and finance programmes that support Scottish Government’s National Infrastructure Mission to drive inclusive economic growth and build resilient places.

Learning Estate Investment Programme

In November 2018, the Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education and Skills, John Swinney, announced the launch of a Learning Estate Strategy to be developed in conjunction with COSLA.

The joint strategy was published in September 2019, alongside the launch of the first phase of the £2bn Learning Estate Investment Programme (LEIP). The first phase comprised of 12 projects, with a second phase announced in December 2020, comprising of 25 projects. 

The full list of 37 LEIP projects is available to see from our 2021/22 Business Plan.

 The programme is jointly funded by Scottish and Local Government and is designed to:

  • Improve the condition of the school estate;
  • Support growth projects where there are no local condition priorities;
  • Establish links across the learner journey where appropriate;
  • Benefit 50,000 pupils to learn in condition A/B schools;
  • Enable the delivery of wider SG policy objectives, including the guiding principles of the Learning Estate Strategy; and
  • Support sustainable estate planning with clear investment and maintenance strategies

By focusing on best value and contributing towards the achievement of the desired outcomes of the Learning Estate Strategy, the investment programme will focus on delivering high quality, suitable, sustainable, low carbon and digitally-enabled learning environments that support sustainable and inclusive economic growth. 

The programme very much aligns with both the Scottish Government’s Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP) strategic themes and SFT’s own corporate priorities of:

  • Enabling the transition to net zero emissions
  • Driving inclusive economic growth
  • Building resilient and sustainable places

The first projects in the programme are due to enter construction in summer 2021, with the first project due to open and pupils benefitting from the investment from 2022/23 onwards.

Building on the successes of and expertise gained through the management of the Scotland’s Schools for the Future Programme, SFT is continuing in its role as programme managers for LEIP. SFT will continue to work with Scottish Government, Local Authorities and the design and construction communities to drive the successful delivery of the programme using the Develop, Demonstrate and Disseminate, then Reflect and Refine approach.

As part of the programme management role, programme governance, strategies and funding models have been developed in conjunction with stakeholders.

A suite of programme documentation can be viewed to the left or further below if using a mobile device.