Sector - Software & Technology

Design team appointed for Scottish Manufacturing Institute

The Scottish National Manufacturing Institute has progressed towards its completion with the appointment of design practice HLM.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NIMS), hosted by the University of Strathclyde, aims to be a world-leading institution and launch Scotland as a leading centre for manufacturing. Glasgow-based architecture firm HLM has been appointed to lead the design of the building.

The team includes Waterman Civil & Structural Engineers, Davie + McCulloh Building Services Engineers, and Robinson Low Francis LLP Cost Managers. HLM will lead landscape architecture and interior design, with Turner and Townsend acting as project managers.

Ross Barrett, Associate HLM, said: “HLM and the design team are excited to be working closely with the University of Strathclyde and their partners to develop the new NMIS facility. This is a huge opportunity to create an innovative, flexible and collaborative environment which will help inspire and attract industry partners and academics alike, reducing barriers to innovation.”

NIMS will sit opposite Glasgow Airport and include a Manufacturing Skills Academy, Digital Factory 2050, and open working spaces. It will establish the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) and allow Scottish organisations of all sizes to access leading services, training programmes, and demonstrator facilities.

The centre has received a £48million investment from the Scottish Government and £8million from the University of Strathclyde as well as £9million for the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, the first stage of NIMS. Partners of the centre include the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, Renfrewshire Council, Advanced Forming Research Centre, and HVM Catapult.

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