The launch of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s Innovation Factory marked the latest milestone in CSIC’s evolution with a hugely successful event. The £2 million state-of-the art-factory opened its doors to just under 300 construction professionals for a day which incorporated a series of industry leading presentations, demonstrations and HACK workshops from speakers including the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, CEO Crossrail and David Philp, Global BIM/IM consultancy director, AECOM.
The new 35,000 sq ft. facility, now fully operational, is designed to support construction related businesses to collaborate and innovate. We provide facilities to meet, collaborate, learn and prototype in an open and inspiring atmosphere. The location, accessible from across Scotland also has excellent air, rail and road connectivity south.
Home to a wide range of equipment, the Innovation Factory, can offer users the opportunity to work, train and utilise both state of the art techniques and appliances without the need for prior investment. All users will be able to embrace product development, manufacturing, robotics and visualisation equipment focused around key areas of the built environment on an open access basis. These can be hired on a Pay-As-You-Go basis or as part of an annual membership.
Along with an extensive range of modern technology and equipment the Innovation factory also boasts a variety of working, meeting and conference spaces throughout. These include a variety of flexible suites that can cater for the following purposes:
- Develop | Provide space and support for industry and academia to develop new products, processes, systems and business models.
- Demonstrate | Provide demonstrations space and equipment for industry and academia to prototype and validate solutions.
- Disseminate | Provide meeting, training and teaching space for industry and academia to share knowledge on innovations.
The responses generated from the opening of the Innovation Factory has been a great indicator to what the future may hold for, not only the factory, but also the entire construction industry.
The Innovation Factory is open to all construction related organisations, to find out more information and to get in touch please visit www.cs-ic.org/innovationfactory.
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