Construction has started on the flagship National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) facility in Renfrewshire.
The team from the main contractor, Morrison Construction, has started work on the foundations of the building with two piling rigs installing controlled modulus columns into the ground.
Since late-October, the team has been working on ground stabilisation activities and bulk earthworks on the 3.5-hectare site next to Glasgow Airport.
The new building will be at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland. As the HQ the new building 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.
It will support manufacturing and engineering firms of all sizes and from all sectors across the country, and internationally, to innovate and grow their businesses in the global market.
At around 1.5 times the size of Hampden football pitch, the facility, with its heather façade, is set to be the linchpin for the future of manufacturing in Scotland.
NMIS is a group of industry-led manufacturing and engineering research and development facilities operated by the University of Strathclyde and supported by Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, High Value Manufacturing Catapult, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council and Renfrewshire Council.
John Reid, CEO of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, said: “The continual growth of NMIS will ensure manufacturers in Scotland and beyond are able to access the latest technologies and expertise that will help de-risk their innovation efforts and boost the skills of the manufacturing workforce of today and tomorrow. This will enable businesses to make the most of all future opportunities creating a bigger, stronger and more sustainable manufacturing sector.”
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