Revision of Capital Plan

Revision of Capital Plan Image

The fast-moving financial environment, driven by national and international events, has forced a re-think of Dundee City Council’s capital investment plans. 

Councillors will be asked to revise the £382m of investment in the five-year Capital Plan for 2023-2028 agreed at the start of the year. 

Driven by Covid, Brexit and war in Ukraine there has been a significant increase in construction inflation driven by shortages in the supply of materials and labour and the cost of energy. 

John Alexander, convener of Dundee City Council’s policy and resources committee said: “Even since the plan was agreed in January, we have seen tenders for projects coming back at prices around 30% above what was expected and obviously that means the current plan could not be delivered within the resources available to us. 

“After a detailed review we would need an extra £23.6m to deliver the plan as is, so what is being proposed is that we focus the resources we have on our priorities including sustainability and critical building projects such as the construction of new schools at the Western Gateway and the East End Community campus.” 

As well as making £86.8m of provision for the new East End Community Campus for Braeview and Craigie High schools, after a successful bid for funding from the Scottish Government for partnered support, £17m has been included in the revised Capital Plan for the development of a new primary school at the Western Gateway and £5.4m, fully funded by Perth & Kinross Council, for the development of an extension to the south side of Harris Academy. 

The council’s commitment to implementing measures that improve the carbon footprint of the city is maintained with £96m to be invested in tackling climate change to deliver on its Net Zero ambitions making up over a fifth of the Capital Plan.

 This includes:

  • active travel projects;
  • modernisation of energy systems in council buildings;
  • energy efficiency measures in council housing;
  • investment in the electric fleet; and
  • low carbon projects and the low emission zone. 

Of the total of amount in the capital programme for the next five years, most will be spent on projects which help to reduce child poverty and inequalities in incomes, education and health. 

The policy and resources committee will be asked to approve the revised capital plan at its meeting on Monday (November 21).

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