Morrison selected for first phase of HALO’s £63m innovation hub in UK

WCN Editorial Team 17 Sep 2019 EUROPE BUILDINGS

Morrison Construction has been selected as the main contractor for the first phase of the HALO Urban Regeneration Company’s £63m Enterprise and Innovation Hub in Kilmarnock, UK.

Planned to be built on a 23-acre site, formerly the home of Scotch whisky Johnnie Walker, the brownfield urban regeneration project will provide a sustainable community approach to a low carbon mixed-use development.

Morrison is scheduled to commence construction on the project by the end of September 2019.

Scheduled to be completed by January 2021, the 45,635ft² Enterprise and Innovation Hub is expected to create 700 jobs during the construction phase.

HALO Urban Regeneration Company project director Drew Macklin said: “The Enterprise and Innovation Hub will form part of the HALO’s dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter where people can live, work, learn and play.

“With a strong track record of delivering major projects on time and within budget I look forward to Morrison Construction starting work on our exciting project.”

The HALO’s Enterprise and Innovation Hub will include a building designed to maximise collaboration between entrepreneurs; facilities for virtual and augmented reality-based scenario training; ‘Living labs’ to enable the innovation and evaluation of digital technology; and a knowledge-sharing environment where established businesses and business angels can support emerging entrepreneurs.

It will also comprise an entrepreneurial ecosystem intended to encourage the development of new digital and cyber security products, and office and workspace.

Morrison Construction managing director Eddie Robertson said: “We are delighted to be appointed the main contractor to build the Enterprise and Innovation Hub, a development that will revitalise the town centre and support the wider Ayrshire economy.

“Our experienced project team will soon establish site and begin works. During construction, we will engage with all stakeholders and provide education and employment opportunities as part of our progressive social value programme.”

Image: Illustration of HALO’s Enterprise and Innovation Hub in the UK. Photo: courtesy of Morrison Construction/Galliford Try plc.

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