Scottish Futures Trust

SFT Outcomes
Demonstrating progress
with impact

In June 2018, the Scottish Government published an updated National Performance Framework (NPF) to describe the kind of Scotland it aims to create.

The NPF lists a series of outcomes which underpin Scottish Government’s purpose – “to create a more successful country with opportunities for all of Scotland to flourish through increased wellbeing, and sustainable and inclusive economic growth” which in turn support the United Nations Member States’ 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Infrastructure has a key role in facilitating these outcomes, in particular addressing the climate emergency and the post pandemic economic recovery.

Since being established in 2008, the Scottish Futures Trust has been at the forefront of improving public sector infrastructure across Scotland.

We act as a centre of infrastructure expertise and perform an active leadership role across major public sector infrastructure programmes, bringing additional skills, resource and knowledge to public sector organisations, supporting them plan, fund, deliver and manage their construction projects and buildings better.

Taking into account the long-term trends of climate emergency, digitalisation and demographic change, as Scottish Government’s independent centre of infrastructure expertise, we have set ourselves the following three corporate priorities:

  • Enable the transition to net zero emissions (focus on leading the way with coordinated decarbonisation of public sector assets to catalyse necessary industry transition)
  • Drive inclusive economic growth (focus on delivering additionality of investment and accelerating appropriate development activity in current economic context)
  • Build resilient and sustainable places (focus on showing leadership in the shift to collaborative and place-based ways of working)

In our 2019-24 Corporate Plan, we published ten infrastructure outcomes which further the goals of Scottish Government’s National Performance Framework.  And together with our many public and private sector partners we are working to deliver our business objectives which are aligned to those ten infrastructure outcomes.

Key achievements made by us and our partners include:

  • Working closely across the public and private sectors, the total value of public infrastructure projects under construction made possible through our innovative funding and financing approaches exceeded £290m
  • Through our programmes, £2.5bn of investment in private sector development has been unlocked
  • And over the past 12 months our work continued to contribute towards a net-zero carbon economy, saving 16,000 tonnes of infrastructure-related CO2 emissions

To further demonstrate the impact of our work, we produced this website with our ten outcomes detailed below.

Within each of the outcomes, we have listed a number of facts and figures that reflect the quantitative impact our work is having.

And across the ten outcomes, we have added 23 more case studies (on top of the 101 from the previous three years) that reflect the difference being made from the many different infrastructure projects and programmes we lead on and manage across Scotland.

By clicking on any of the ten outcome icons below, case studies will appear that not only meet one or more of our outcomes, but also deliver on our corporate priorities.

An assurance report on this work was carried out by RSM UK, an audit, tax, and consulting adviser.