Economy

– Scottish Parliament written question – answered on 30th January 2009.

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Photo of Margaret Curran Margaret Curran Labour

Question S3W-20054

To ask the Scottish Executive, in light of the threat to the construction industry posed by the financial crisis, what it will do to ensure that projects such as the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and the new Southern General Hospital in Glasgow go ahead as planned.

Photo of Jim Mather Jim Mather Scottish National Party

The Scottish Government is taking all necessary steps to ensure projects such as those highlighted in the question remain on track. Significant progress is being made on both projects.

With guaranteed public investment of £298 million contributing to an overall budget of £373 million the 2014 Commonwealth Games provide opportunities for Scottish business - including the construction industry – at a time of economic uncertainty. The procurement process is already well underway for a number of major projects including the National Indoor Sports Arena and Velodrome and the Games Village. All of these projects are on schedule to be completed by the required dates.

Since the approval of the Outline Business Case on 22 April 2008, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde have been preparing the project for procurement through the appointment of advisors, the development of detailed design requirements and the development of a robust procurement strategy. The project team and advisers are currently working to complete Phase 1A of the project i.e. Employers Requirement and the Exemplar Design (Tender Packages) to be ready to go to the market in early April 2009.

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