Morrison Construction to build NMIS flagship facility in Scotland

WCN Editorial Team 1 Jun 2020 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Morrison Construction, a part of the Galliford Try Group, has secured a contract to build a new flagship facility of the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).

The £42m contract was awarded to the Scottish construction firm following an Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) restricted tender process, carried out by NMISoperator University of Strathclyde.

Morrison Construction Central managing director Eddie Robertson said: “We are delighted to be working once more with our partners at the University of Strathclyde to deliver this important facility.

“It is always a privilege to be involved with a scheme such as this one that will transform manufacturing as we know it in Scotland.”

The new facility will be located in the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland in Renfrewshirenext to Glasgow Airport.

As part of the contract, Morrison Construction will leverage innovative technologies and its knowledge of building products for the construction as it seeks to achieve the design team’s aspirations of the building being awarded BREEAM ‘outstanding’ for sustainability.

The company will also avoid using polluting materials and focus on utilising materials that can be remanufactured and reused wherever possible, supporting principles of the circular economy.

Once complete, the NMIS facility will feature a fully digitalised factory of the future, skills academy and collaboration hub.

It will enable companies to collaborate and develop new manufacturing technologies and products.

Construction works are expected to begin soon following the revision of the current guidance around non-essential construction work. It is expected to take around 18 months to complete once the work begins.

University of Strathclyde principal and vice-chancellor Professor Jim McDonald said: “Completing the rigorous tender process and appointing Morrison Construction to build the flagship National Manufacturing Institute Scotland facility is a highly significant step forward in the ongoing development of the NMIS group of world-class industrial research facilities.”

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The NMIS facility will be located next to Glasgow Airport and will house a fully digitalised factory. (Credit: The University of Strathclyde.)

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