Robertson begins transformation of former Michelin Dundee site
Construction has commenced in Dundee as Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) begins its £20 million transformation to become Scotland’s newest Innovation Parc.
Aiming to “create a greener future, through innovation for people, place and planet”, MSIP is set to become world leading, bringing together industry and academia with a focus on sustainable mobility and decarbonisation.
MSIP will create new economic and employment opportunities across the region, putting Dundee at the forefront of innovation.
Robertson Construction will undertake Phase 1 of the Baldovie Road site’s masterplan which will see delivery of the Fulhame Building, a new industrial space that will be subdivided into six light industrial units.
The Fulhame Building will mark the Innovation Parc’s first lettable space for small start-up businesses, a milestone in its ambitious journey.
The transformation work at MSIP aims to reduce the carbon impact of industrial processes and premises, an approach shared by Robertson as it actively looks to reduce the whole life carbon of its projects, with sustainability and carbon reduction playing a role in the delivery programme.
Michelin closed the doors to its Dundee factory last year and is now part of the joint venture with Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council.
Kevin Dickson, regional managing director, Robertson Construction Tayside, said: “Robertson is honoured to be the chosen delivery partner for MSIP Phase 1. Robertson, which has a strong presence in the region, is proud to be involved in the creation of the new Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc which will help to drive Scotland’s green recovery post-COVID-19, and beyond.
“Michelin Dundee has played a pivotal role in the region for years and we will look to continue its legacy by the implementation of our high standards, quality and skill and through supporting local supply chain employment.
“Robertson will be engaging with the local community throughout the duration of this project, including schools, Colleges, Universities, employability organisations and local charities.
“In addition to the Fulhame Building, Phase 1 includes the design of future phases with Robertson Civil Engineering also playing an important role in the masterplan of the site.”
Colin McIlraith, chief operating officer, Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc, said: “The transformation of the MSIP site is a key part of our journey, to being a world leading Innovation Parc for sustainable mobility and decarbonisation.
“We already offer several location options at the Innovation Parc that are of a high specification and phase one of the masterplan work that is now underway will add to that, with the option of units for smaller businesses with growth ambitions.
“I’m pleased that Robertson has been appointed to deliver this work. It already has a strong local presence and will create opportunities for the local community and supply chain, contributing to local economic development.
“We want any new building at MSIP to be mindful of its carbon footprint, in the design, build and running of the space. And I am confident Robertson will ensure that is the case with the light industrial units now underway.”
MSIP is being delivered by Robertson Construction Tayside through Procurement Hub Major Projects framework.
Louise Dodds, client relationship manager, Procurement Hub, added: “One of the great things about working with Robertson as a Framework Partner is the knowledge that we share the same values and place the same importance on decarbonisation and the environment.
“This is a project that will deliver both economic and environmental benefits and we look forward to tracking the progress at Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP).”
The design and build steel frame Fulhame Building, will cover 1,125m2 of internal floor area and will be ready to welcome tenants in September.