National Manufacturing Institute Scotland - Sustainability Through Thoughtful Design

The flagship National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) has been selected as one of eight projects in Scotland to benefit from government funding in an initiative to support the country’s transition to a low-carbon economy.

NMIS seeks to be innovative, ambitious and bold in creating a sustainable building using clean, low carbon infrastructure to meet the climate action ambitions of all stakeholders.”

A £8.7 million investment from the Scottish Government has been announced to support the delivery of 8 low-emission infrastructure projects across the country. The Waste Water Treatment Works in Renfrewshire will help to heat NMIS, as part of the Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme which will result in around 4,500 tonnes CO2e a year saving.

Due to open in Autumn this year, NMIS will provide a collaborative hub for engineering innovation and creativity, and play a key role in attracting more investment and research in Scotland’s advanced manufacturing sector. The 11,500 square metre facility has a unique, distinct design which is underpinned by achieving sustainable operation.

Utilising circular principles of remanufactured and reused materials, the project is aiming to achieve BREEAM ‘outstanding’. The design also incorporates water efficient components to minimize potable water waste, including low flow taps, showers and low flush toilet facilities. The workspace and forum building features a green roof, which will help to improve air quality, support wildlife habitats, and reduce rainwater run-off.

Project Lead Ross Barrett said:

“The NMIS development exemplifies the University of Strathclyde’s vision and values and innovates in all that it does – its design delivers a range of climate mitigation and adaptation solutions such as rain gardens, rainwater harvesting, SUDS and a green roof to encourage biodiversity, and it aligns and positively influences the wider AMIDS site and beyond. Like our own commitment to a more sustainable built environment that everything we design by 2025 will meet the RIBA 2030 Sustainable Outcomes, NMIS seeks to be innovative, ambitious and bold in creating a sustainable building using clean, low carbon infrastructure to meet the climate action ambitions of all stakeholders.”

When complete, the project will be clearly identifiable from the sky above nearby Glasgow Airport and will become a landmark in the area.

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