Work starts on Scotland’s advanced manufacturing innovation district
A new manufacturing district in Renfrewshire which will create thousands of new jobs for the sector took a step closer yesterday as work started on site.
The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS) will be based next to Glasgow Airport and is expected to put Renfrewshire at the heart of Scotland’s manufacturing industry, estimated to create up to 6,000 jobs and boost Scotland’s manufacturing sector by £535 million in GVA a year.
Renfrewshire Council is leading the district’s development in partnership with Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise.
A 52-hectare campus at the heart of the district will house companies harnessing new technologies and accessing cutting edge research. With 1.6 million square feet of available floor space, the site is already confirmed as the location for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre.
Work has now started on constructing the enabling infrastructure, which includes new roads, bridges, cycling routes and pedestrian walkways, funded through the £1.13 billion Glasgow City Region City Deal, jointly funded by the UK and Scottish governments.
Derek Mackay, cabinet secretary for finance, economy and fair work, joined Renfrewshire’s Provost Lorraine Cameron, Scottish Enterprise chief executive Steve Dunlop and local Inchinnan Primary School pupils at the official groundbreaking.
Mr Mackay said: “I am delighted to celebrate work starting on the new Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland.
“Building on our rich and diverse manufacturing heritage, this development will help Scotland develop the clean, green, technologically-advanced industries of the future. The first tenants of this new district will be the Scottish Government’s £65m National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and the £56m Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre which will both provide an attractive proposition for further inward investment.
“Manufacturing is vitally important to the Scottish economy and AMIDS, and the companies it will attract, will help realise our ambitions for Scotland to become a global leader in advanced manufacturing.”
Scottish Enterprise has committed £2.47m grant funding towards the project and is also providing its expertise to help shape the district masterplan, creating a high-quality environment that fosters collaboration, supports sustainability and promotes health and wellbeing, with places for work, leisure and socialising.
Chief executive Steve Dunlop said: “This site represents one of the most exciting and important developments for Scotland’s manufacturing community in a generation. Once completed, it will significantly enhance Scotland’s excellent worldwide reputation for attracting inward investors.
“Working collaboratively with our partners, we can help build more resilient and agile manufacturing businesses, offering high quality jobs for local people that will positively impact their communities, Renfrewshire and all of Scotland.”
The enabling infrastructure is scheduled for completion in early 2021 and will also strengthen connections to nearby Westway Park, Scotland’s largest fully enclosed industrial distribution and office park, and to Inchinnan Business Park, home to more than 30 businesses including Rolls Royce PLC, Peak Scientific and the University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre.