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Plans Submitted for £65m National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

Ross Kelly



Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said the planning application marks a “notable milestone” for the proposed facility.

A planning application has been submitted for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), which will reside within the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS).  

The £65 million centre is being developed by the Scottish Government in partnership with the University of Strathclyde and Renfrewshire Council.  

Operated by the University, the national facility will foster closers ties between industry and the public sector and boost research, innovation and attract investment to Scotland. 

Glasgow-based HLM Architects is leading the design team for the NMIS development, which also includes Waterman Civil & Structural Engineers, Davie + McCulloch Services Engineers and Robinson Low Francis LLP.

Economy Secretary Derek Mackay said the planning application marks a “notable milestone” for the proposed facility, which will offer huge benefits to companies across Scotland.  

He said: “Manufacturing is crucial to our economy and is a sector we want to see flourish in Scotland. This is a notable milestone for the NMIS facility and given the importance of responding to the global climate emergency, I am particularly pleased the facility will be energy carbon neutral.

“NMIS will deliver benefits for businesses across Scotland well before the building is complete, including through the existing capability available at the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, which adds to the wider support available from our enterprise agencies to help companies improve their productivity.”

Renfrewshire Council said it will now consider the NMIS application. 

NMIS will include a skills academy, a fully digitalised ‘factory of the future’ and a collaboration hub for manufacturers of all sizes and sectors. The Centre will also include two specialist facilities, the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre, which was opened earlier this year by First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, and Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre.  

Strathclyde principal, professor Sir Jim McDonald, commented: “It is great news that the plans for NMIS are progressing so quickly.

“Scotland has a vibrant manufacturing sector which is well placed for further innovation and growth. To achieve its fullest potential, it needs advanced facilities, resources and equipment, for use by highly qualified and skilled staff, NMIS will offer all of this.”

Ross Kelly

Staff Writer

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