Scottish construction ‘innovation factory’ set to open

ACC-ManufacturingFloor_v3Construction Scotland Innovation Centre is to officially launch its pioneering Innovation Factory at an industry event next month.

The £3 million centre, located at Hamilton International Technology Park in Lanarkshire, will allow anyone within the construction industry to access 30,000 sq. ft. of workshop space filled with state-of-the-art production and prototyping equipment and technology.

Construction businesses of all sizes can use the facility to test and develop new products, processes, systems and solutions, from early stage ideas through to full commercialisation. The building will also provide a range of collaboration and training facilities to allow organisations in the private, public and academic sectors to share knowledge and information.

The launch event on September 11 will bring together hundreds of professionals who are interested in the future of construction for a series of industry-leading speakers, interactive workshops and demonstrations.

Keynote speakers include Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, CEO of Crossrail and co-chair UK Construction Leadership Council, and Tom Bloxham MBE, chairman and co-founder of Urban Splash.

Delegates can also attend a series of ‘Hack Workshops’, exploring topics such as “What if construction adopted a more entrepreneurial mindset?” and “What if schools taught the skills your workforce needs?”

Workshop leaders will include Jim Duffy MBE, co-founder of Entrepreneurial Spark and author of Create Special.

Stephen Good, chief executive of Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, said: “The Innovation Factory is something that the team here at CSIC has been working towards since we launched in October 2014. It will provide a dynamic environment, away from the conventional building site, where the Scottish construction industry can innovate, take risks, explore and learn in a safe and supported environment.

“We have seen a steady increase in construction innovation over the past few years, and I hope that this new facility will inspire even more people within the industry to think outside the box.

“The calibre of speakers at our launch event is testament to the importance of the Innovation Factory in accelerating innovation within the industry.”

Those wishing to attend the free event should register at as soon as possible to guarantee their place.

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