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Asset Strategy and Workplace


Supporting the public sector on their ‘one public sector’ approach to improving service delivery

When Scottish Government set out its five-year Infrastructure Investment Plan in 2021, central to that was a new 'investment hierarchy' which provides a common framework to support planning and decision-making in public sector infrastructure investment. 

Our Asset Strategy and Workplace team is supporting the public sector to adopt an outcomes-based approach to delivering inclusive growth, net zero buildings, and sustainable places.

We promote collaboration and co-location as key drivers that improve service delivery and local community resilience, which delivers a smaller and greener public estate.

Our work is primarily focused on the following programmes:

Our Asset Strategy and Workplace team is focused on strengthening local communities and supporting public organisations to move their property to net zero.

We are taking forward a programme of work on behalf of Scottish Government to support the public sector in embedding best-practice guidance of its ‘investment hierarchy’ from its Infrastructure Investment Plan.

We also work closely with Scottish Government on its core estate strategy and asset planning development.

As part of our work on promoting an increasingly collaborative use of public buildings, we promote the sharing of public sector workspace. We research and publish guidance for owners, operators, and users to support the development of this emerging sector. 

We also work with Scotland's Emergency Services supporting them develop a more collaborative and co-located estate where we are helping increase the number of shared stations delivering benefits to local communities across Scotland.

Helping to illustrate the benefits of this work we have produced a couple of short videos.

The first describes the benefits being achieved when staff from the Community Safety department within Perth & Kinross Council moved into spare office space in a fire station in Perth operated by the Scottish Fire & Rescue Service.

The Council staff now work alongside firefighters in the Perth Fire Station, sharing intelligence and keeping local people safe. This project is delivering service improvements along with financial and property benefits, aiding the transition to net zero, and enabling more sustainable communities and resilient places. Please click on the image below to watch the short video.

And as a further example, our Asset Strategy team provided strategic support to Clackmannanshire Council and Police Scotland on a co-location project, and you can hear more about it from those involved by clicking on the image below.


Our Asset Strategy and Workplace team’s New Frontiers for Smarter Working programme continues to provide guidance and support to public bodies across Scotland to understand, develop, and embed their own future workplace models based on the learnings from COVID-19.

We do this through the delivery of cross-sector learning forums, and useful resources stored on a shared knowledge hub, and are directly supporting organisations on their smarter working journeys.

Our new Frontiers for Smarter Working and Workplace report is a practical tool that helps guide public sector organisations to re-evaluate their office culture to create better outcomes for staff and service delivery.

Our team


Peter Kearns

Senior Associate Director

Peter’s programme and project management skills span 40 years.  He is experienced in leading public sector bodies through sustained periods of transformational change along with his private sector property development experience in urban re-generation, commercial, residential, planning and transport strategies.

This experience extends from sound commercial knowledge working both nationally and internationally.  Peter has a degree in Engineering and an MBA.


Shona Adam

Associate Director

Shona is a workplace change specialist with over 30 years' experience in workplace design.

Her focus is very much on the cultural change aspects associated with smarter working and how people connect with their physical space to create efficient and effective workplace solutions. Shona has an honours degree in Interior Design plus supporting qualifications in holistic design and various alternative therapies. 


Gordon Alexander

Associate Director

Gordon is a Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years' experience providing strategic property advice to the private and public sectors.  He joined SFT’s Asset Strategy and Workplace team in 2013.  


Ruth MacDonald

Associate Director

Ruth is a chartered surveyor with over 30 years’ experience in the public sector, including local authority and higher education. Prior to joining SFT Ruth worked in a variety of roles including regeneration, development management and strategic asset management.


Iain Wardrop

Associate Director

Iain is a Chartered Surveyor with 30 years' experience in both private practice and the public sector providing strategic advice on land and property portfolios and regeneration projects. 

He is now involved in property and business change programmes that support public authorities with the asset management of their physical estate.