Caithness Map :: Links to Site Map Paying too much for broadband? Move to PlusNet broadband and save£££s. Free setup now available - terms apply. PlusNet broadband.  

 

hub North Board Selects Preferred Bidder

11/11/2010

The North Territory hub Programme Board has announced that Alba Community Partnerships (comprising of Cyril Sweett Investments Ltd and Miller Corporate Holdings, part of The Miller Group) has been selected as the preferred bidder for the hub North Territory.

hub North was the second hub territory to move into procurement and expects to deliver projects with an estimated value of 435 million over the next 10 years. The announcement is a significant milestone for the hub programme with construction on the first project in the North Territory starting in 2011.

hub projects will be delivered through a joint venture company (hubco) formed between the public sector bodies and a private sector development partner, which in the North Territory will be Alba Community Partnerships. The hub initiative brings Scotland's public sector bodies together to deliver a wide range of joint services to achieve better value for money and continuous improvement.

hub North Territory partners are: Aberdeen City Council; Aberdeenshire Council; Argyll and Bute Council; Comhairle nan Eilean Siar; Grampian Fire and Rescue Service; Grampian Police; The Highland Council; Highland and Islands Fire and Rescue Services; The Moray Council; NHS Grampian; NHS Highland; NHS Orkney; NHS Shetland; NHS Western Isles; Northern Constabulary; Orkney Island Council; Scottish Ambulance Service; and Shetland Islands Council.

Alba Community Partnerships has been selected after rigorous procurement process carried out by the public sector bodies in the North hub Territory. North Territory hub Programme Board, chaired by Gerry Donald from NHS Grampian, approved the selection. The North Territory hub Programme Board consists of members of the 18 public sector bodies in the North Territory area.

The North Territory hub Programme Board will now work with Alba Community Partnerships to create the joint venture company and start delivering initial projects during 2011.

Across the North Territory area, Alba Community Partnerships have already identified in excess of 100 contractors, suppliers and consultants interested and capable of completing the work across all parts of the territory. These businesses range from those based: Shetland, Thurso, Elgin, Aberdeen Stornoway, Orkney, Inverness, Moray, Ullapool, Fort William and The Western Isles.

The supply chain will remain flexible and contractors/consultants can apply to join the hubco supply chain by contacting Alba.

Gerry Donald, from NHS Grampian who chairs the North Territory hub Programme Board, said: "The Territory Partners are looking forward to working with Alba Community Partnerships, with its far reaching and dynamic approach, to deliver better value for money buildings which will facilitate and enhance joint working across the public sector to the benefit of our communities."

Derek Sharkey, Bid Director of Alba Community Partnerships, said: "We are delighted with this appointment and look forward to working with the Public Sector Partners to finalise North hubco. Once this process is completed we will be looking to commence delivery of these important projects which will generate multiple benefits for the communities which we will serve, whilst providing value for money.

"We have already commenced dialogue with a number of local businesses within the Territory who are well placed to become part of the teams for each project, in turn enhancing employment opportunities and the local economy."

Barry White, Chief Executive of the Scottish Futures Trust, said: "This is a great achievement for the North Territory hub Programme Board. I look forward to the north hubco working with local suppliers and contractors to deliver quality buildings to supply better public services for people right across the North hub Territory."

In March 2010 6.5m start-up funding was granted for the initial hub projects in the North Territory. The initial North projects are (estimated project values in brackets):

Aberdeen Health Village (29 million)
Ardseileach Core and Cluster Resettlement (3 million)
Tain Replacement Health Centre (6 million)
Woodside Medical Group (7 million)

The hub initiative plans to deliver more than 1 billion of new community infrastructure across Scotland though the five hub areas.

 

Related Businesses

 

Related Articles

[Local Authority]20/8/2014
Engagement with Europe - a priority for the Council
Over the last year The Highland Council gained approval of £634k of EU grant funding, drew down a further £1m of grants for existing projects, processed £4.33m of grants through its LEADER project and another £481,000 via the EFF Axis 4 Programme.  In an annual report considered today (Wednesday 20 August 2014) at the Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee, it was highlighted that the Council has also been successful, together with its partners, in making the case for control of €192 Transition Funds.  
[Local Authority]20/8/2014
Boost to employment opportunities in the Highlands
In the Highlands over the last 3 months 149 employment opportunities have been created through the Council's advisory and business support services.   During a meeting of the Council's Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee held today (Wednesday 20 August) members heard that 71 new businesses have been supported by Business Gateway to start up and a further 122 Highland businesses already serving local markets have accessed advice over the last quarter.  
[Local Authority]20/8/2014
Wind Farm at Glen Kyllachy near Tomatin Refused Planning Permission
On Tuesday 19 August 2014 members of The Highland Council's South Planning Applications Committee have refused to grant planning permission to RWE Innogy UK Limited for a 20 turbine wind farm at Glen Kyllachy near Tomatin.   The motion, moved by Councillor Bill Lobban and seconded by Councillor Carolyn Caddick was that the application be refused on the grounds that it contravenes Policy 67 of the Highland Wide Local Development Plan in that the development will have a significant detrimental visual impact, both taken cumulatively with Farr Wind Farm and on its own, at areas of regional and local significance, notably, as viewed from the Slochd, Strathnairn, Loch Ashie, Abriachan , and consequently, the Great Glen Way.  
[Local Authority]20/8/2014
Chair of further education regional board for the Highlands and Islands takes up postThumbnail for article : Chair of further education regional board for the Highlands and Islands takes up post
Dr Michael Foxley has taken up his post as chair of the University of the Highlands and Islands' new further education regional board.   The Post-16 Education (Scotland) Act makes the University of the Highlands and Islands, through a further education regional board, accountable for all college and university-level education in the Highlands and Islands.  
[Local Authority]17/8/2014
Work to start on latest radon testing programme in HighlandThumbnail for article : Work to start on latest radon testing programme in Highland
The Highland Council's Community Services have commissioned Public Health England (PHE) to test around 1,150 Council houses in Highland at the highest risk from radon gas.   PHE is writing to 1,150 Council tenants in parts of Badenoch and Strathspey; Wester Ross Strathpeffer and Lochalsh; Caol and Mallaig; Landward Caithness; East Sutherland and Edderton; Dingwall and Seaforth; and Aird and Loch Ness Wards during the week commencing 18 August 2014.  
[Local Authority]17/8/2014
Council plea over Referendum fly-posting and road sign damage
The Highland Council is appealing to campaigners on both sides of the Scottish Independence Referendum and members of the public to heed the Council's Highland Referendum Poster Policy and not fall foul of the law.   The public are being advised that only the 15 Referendum Agents registered for The Highland Council area are allowed to display referendum posters on verges and lighting columns under the Council's ownership and control.  
[Local Authority]17/8/2014
New build council housing nearing completion at Ullapool
There are just a few months to go until fourteen new cottage flats start to be handed over to their new tenants and owners.   The Highland Council and the Scottish Government has invested approximately £1.75m to transform a derelict site of a former hotel into affordable housing, enhancing local housing opportunities and be positive for the local environment.  
[Local Authority]17/8/2014
Council to consider extending grass cutting contracts
Members of The Highland Council's Community Services Committee are to consider an update report on the Council's Grounds Maintenance Service Delivery which includes an extension to existing grass cutting contracts on Thursday 21 August 2014.   A report to Committee will invite Members to: · note the grounds maintenance performance information for April to July 2014; · note the management action taken to address performance issues; · agree that a review of the supervision of grounds maintenance is undertaken; and · agree that the existing contractual arrangements for delivery of amenity grass cutting are extended for the 2015 season so that all contracts terminate at the same time.  
[Local Authority]15/8/2014
Council plea over Referendum fly-posting and road sign damage
The Highland Council is appealing to campaigners on both sides of the Scottish Independence Referendum and members of the public to heed the Council's Highland Referendum Poster Policy and not fall foul of the law.   The public are being advised that only the 15 Referendum Agents registered for The Highland Council area are allowed to display referendum posters on verges and lighting columns under the Council's ownership and control.  
[Local Authority]15/8/2014
Referendum Agents appointed
Fifteen referendum agents have been appointed in the Highland area to act for the permitted participants in the Scottish Independence Referendum.   The deadline for applications was 12 noon yesterday (Thursday 13 August) and the assigned referendum agents will be appointing both polling and counting agents for the Referendum which takes place on Thursday 18 September.  

[Printer Friendly Version]