Construction Scotland Innovation Centre has launched a new £2m Innovation Factory with an industry event featuring speakers, workshops and demonstrations.
The launch event brought together over 300 construction professionals within the new Innovation Factory itself.
The £2m Innovation Factory, located at Hamilton International Technology Park in Lanarkshire and supported by Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Enterprise, will allow anyone within the construction industry to access 35,000 sq. ft. of workshop space fitted out with state-of-the-art production and prototyping equipment and technology.
Construction businesses of all sizes can use the facility to test and develop new products, processes, systems and solutions, from early stage ideas through to commercial realisation.
The building will also provide a range of collaboration and training facilities to allow organisations in the private, public and academic sectors to share knowledge and information.
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “The opening of CSIC’s Innovation Factory, the only facility of its kind in the UK, will offer businesses across the country access to cutting edge technology and a state-of-the-art facility.
“Of course, it’s not just companies who can take advantage of the Innovation Factory. Housing associations, councils, Transport Scotland and the NHS have all worked with the Innovation Centre since it was established in 2014.
“We want to see more collaboration in the future, across the public and private sector, and I would encourage everyone to get involved and make the most of the Innovation Factory.”
Stephen Good, chief executive of Construction Scotland Innovation Centre said: “I’ve watched this facility grow from the seed of an industry idea into reality, and it is brilliant to see it open its doors today to so many enthusiastic people. The relevance of the facility has already been confirmed with companies registering their interest in using it months before we were even ready to open.”
David Philp, Global BIM/IM Consultancy Director at AECOM and Chair of the Scottish BIM Delivery Group, said: “These are exciting times for the construction industry, with the dynamics and behaviours of both client and supply chain organisations becoming more collaborative, technologically advanced and outcome-based. A momentum is building in the convergence of these themes, unlocking a new wave of innovation in an ever modernised sector.
“The Innovation Factory is a fantastic facility which will play a huge part in helping Scotland’s construction organisations to innovate, collaborate, learn and adopt high-value advanced manufacturing processes. Having the factory open is a massive boost for the industry.”