Work begins on site for the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland
Work on the foundations for the new £42m facility located on a 3.5-hectare site next to Glasgow Airport started just before the Christmas holidays and is now under way.
Operated by the University of Strathclyde, the National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland (NMIS) will house a fully digitalised factory of the future, skills academy and collaboration hub that will bring manufacturers together to work on the development of innovative new manufacturing technologies and products. Manufacturing and engineering firms of all sizes and from all sectors across Scotland, and internationally, will be able to use the institute to innovate and grow their business.
NMIS will include several shared areas including laboratories, a machine shop and clean working areas to assist photonics and quantum system manufacturing. Several open plan offices will be built across the site along with meeting spaces to accommodate up to 90 research staff. The project team are working towards BREEAM ‘outstanding’ for sustainability – the highest-accolade for sustainability in the UK construction industry.
Waterman is providing civil and structural engineering design services for this prestigious project, working alongside HLM Architects, Davie + McCulloch and Morrison Construction to deliver this world-class research facility.
Alun Rae, Director of Waterman Structures, commented: “It is great to see the construction phase of this project commence. We have a great team, and we all look forward to seeing the design become reality as we work together to deliver this tremendous project which will put Manufacturing innovation in Scotland on the world map.”
John Reid, CEO of the National Manufacturing Institute, said in a recent statement: “I’m delighted that we have been able to make real progress on the development of our new world-class facility in the space of only a few weeks. Construction starting and the foundations being laid are major milestones in the ongoing development of the NMIS Group.”
NMIS is due for completion in May 2022.