Green light for £65m Scottish factory of the future

Aaron Morby 4 years ago
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Plans to build a £65m advanced manufacturing facility in Refrewshire have been given the green light.

Distinctive heather coloured façade of University of Strathclyde building
Distinctive heather coloured façade of University of Strathclyde building

The National Manufacturing Institute of Scotland will be built at the Netherton Campus in Paisley and is designed by architect HLM to be a carbon neutral building

The advanced manufacturing centre will include a skills academy, a fully digitalised factory of the future and a collaboration hub.

It will form a key part of a developing advanced manufacturing innovation district next to Glasgow airport, which includes the Advanced Forming Research Centre at Inchinnan and the new Lightweight Manufacturing Centre in Renfrew.

A  contractor has still to be appointed to start construction but work is already well underway on the district’s enabling infrastructure, funded through the Glasgow City Region City Deal.

 

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of  Strathclyde, said: “This is a major step in the journey towards revitalising our industrial base and in re-establishing Scotland’s international reputation for manufacturing excellence.

“The University of Strathclyde is proud to be the anchor university for NMIS and we look forward to working with industry partners to bring our world-class expertise and research to support skills development and economic growth.”

Ross Barrett, Associate at Glasgow-based HLM Architects, and lead on the NMIS design team said: “This new facility will provide an inspiring and supportive environment for manufacturing firms in Scotland to thrive.

“It not only offers a variety of different spaces and environments for learning, collaboration and innovation but is also a landmark in its architecture and an exemplar in carbon neutral design.”

The client team includes M&E consultant Davie & McCulloch, with Turner & Townsend as project manager and local firm Robinson Low Francis, the cost consultant.

 

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