Morrison Construction completes work on new flagship manufacturing R&D facility

Topic Projects, Carbon

Date 09 Mar 2023

Morrison Construction’s Building Central business unit has successfully handed over a new flagship research and development facility for National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), part of the University of Strathclyde.

With sustainability at its heart, the 11,500 sqm structure is operationally carbon neutral in design, allowing for the facility to mitigate its impact on the environment. The building contains a large rooftop solar farm to assist in the generation of the building’s power, as well as an extensive rainwater harvesting system.

Visible on the local skyline, the structure showcases a number of striking design features, including a deep purple façade, a substantial 32m x 12m ‘window to the world,’ that provides a view into the facility, and a dramatic timber Glulam structure that rests above the office and collaborative spaces.

The new building provides a home to the NMIS Manufacturing Skills Academy, the fully connected Digital Factory and a publicly accessible collaboration hub.

The project’s achievements in sustainability demonstrates Galliford Try and Morrison Construction’s commitment delivering low carbon buildings and industry-leading solutions to its clients.

David Ewing, Managing Director for Morrison Construction Building Central, commented: “We are incredibly proud to have been part of such an important project, and are confident that the new building will set a precedent for facilities of this kind with its fantastic sustainability credentials.”

NMIS Chief Executive Officer Chris Courtney said: “This is a truly exciting time for us all at the NMIS Group and a fantastic way to start the year, but in many ways, the real work starts now.

“The next few months will see us bringing this magnificent building to life with the installation of cutting-edge equipment and the phased relocation of some of our team. Our new HQ is a place designed for intense collaboration, accelerated innovation and the development of the skills required to deliver the future of manufacturing.

"We work closely with partners across Scotland, the UK and the world and look forward to welcoming them to the new building to deliver innovation at scale and pace with us.

"Similarly, we can’t wait to open the doors to the broader manufacturing and technology community and inspire the next generation of engineers here in Renfrewshire and across Scotland to create the products and services of the future across all sectors.”