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National Manufacturing Institute Scotland at University of Strathclyde design by HLM Architects

post updated 14 September 2021

NMIS Construction News

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Construction at the flagship National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) facility at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland in Renfrewshire has reached a major milestone with the installation of 1,500 tonnes of structural steel now complete and the building on schedule to open in Autumn 2022:

National Manufacturing Institute Scotland construction news

19 Apr 2019

National Manufacturing Institute Scotland in Glasgow

Design Team Appointed to Lead National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

Friday 19th of April 2019 – Scotland’s international centre of manufacturing expertise is a step closer to being realised following the appointment of the design team.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS), hosted by the University of Strathclyde, aims to make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing. By bringing industry, research and the wider public sector together it will drive productivity and skills development.

National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, Glasgow
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Glasgow-based HLM Architects has been appointed to lead a design team including Waterman Civil & Structural Engineers, Davie + McCulloch Building Services Engineers and Robinson Low Francis LLP Cost Managers, whilst HLM will also be providing landscape architecture and interior design services. Turner and Townsend have been appointed as Project Managers under the University’s Framework Agreement.

As an industry-led international centre for manufacturers, NMIS, adjacent to Glasgow International Airport, will include a Digital Factory 2050, Manufacturing Skills Academy and collaborative working spaces; complementing the existing University of Strathclyde’s Advanced Forming Research Centre (AFRC).

It will offer Scottish businesses access to expert services, advanced demonstrator facilities and training programmes focused on innovative manufacturing. As a national hub, it will be available to companies of all sizes and sectors, enabling them to be more globally competitive.

It will be the anchor for the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS), which will benefit from a £39 million investment to provide the enabling infrastructure, funded through the Glasgow City Region Deal.

Ross Barrett, Associate HLM, said: “HLM and the design team are excited to be working closely with the University of Strathclyde and their partners to develop the new NMIS facility. This is a huge opportunity to create an innovative, flexible and collaborative environment which will help inspire and attract industry partners and academics alike, reducing barriers to innovation.”

The £65 million plus investment includes £48 million from the Scottish Government and £8m from the University of Strathclyde as well as £9 million in the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre which is a first phase of NMIS. The phase 1 construction value is expected to be in the region of £38 million.


National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) will be an industry-led international centre of manufacturing expertise where research, industry and the public sector work together to transform skills, productivity and innovation to attract investment and make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

It will:
• Increase productivity by reducing barriers to innovation
• Stimulate investment and increase manufacturing competitiveness
• Catalyse job creation and strengthen supply chain links
• Inspire and attract talent and equip current and future workforces with the skills they and businesses need; and
• Work with manufacturing businesses of all sizes and multiple sectors, providing benefits across the whole of Scotland

NMIS will be hosted by University of Strathclyde and delivered in partnership through Scottish Enterprise.

Partners are the Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Skills Development Scotland, Scottish Funding Council, Renfrewshire Council, Advanced Forming Research Centre, HVM Catapult and University of Strathclyde.



HLM is a practice offering expertise across 5 disciplines; Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Masterplanning.

As an international practice, it serves Ireland and the UK with studios in Glasgow, London, Sheffield, Belfast, Cardiff and Manchester. It also has studios in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
HLM’s work spans 8 private and public sectors, including Healthcare, Living & Communities, Defense, Hospitality Leisure & Culture, Workplace & Civic, Emergency Services, Custodial & Justice and Education and has strong expertise in many procurement forms including PPP/PFI, partnering and framework schemes.

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Waterman Group

Waterman Group is a multidisciplinary consultancy providing sustainable solutions to meet the planning, engineering design and project delivery needs of the property, infrastructure, environment and energy markets. Founded in 1952, the company has since grown into a leading engineering and environmental consultancy with offices throughout the UK, Australia and Europe. Waterman Group is part of CTI Engineering, a leading Japanese engineering consultancy.

See more information on www.watermangroup.com.
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Turner & Townsend

At Turner & Townsend we’re passionate about making the difference. That means delivering better outcomes for our clients, helping our people to realise their potential, and doing our part to create a prosperous society.

From a single quantity surveying partnership in the UK founded in 1946, we have grown to become a world-leading professional services company, with 108 offices around the globe. We have over 180 staff in Scotland based out of Glasgow, Edinburgh and Aberdeen.
We offer independent advice, safeguarding the commercial interests of clients embarking on investment programmes across real estate, infrastructure and natural resources

Robinson Low Francis

Robinson Low Francis is an independent cost and property consultancy with offices throughout the UK. Our services include Cost Management, Project Management, Health & Safety, Construction Management, Building Surveying and Bank and Fund Monitoring.

Our expertise covers a portfolio of sectors including Industrial, Science & Technology, Commercial Development, Mixed-use developments, Education, Sports & Leisure, Arts & Heritage, Residential, Private Rented Sector and Care, and, any one time, we are involved in over £3 billion worth of construction and consultancy projects across the UK.
For more information visit www.rlf.co.uk or www.linkedin.com/company/rlf/.

Davie + McCulloch

Davie + McCulloch have been established since 1957 and are a firm of Consulting Engineers specialising in the design, specification and costing of Mechanical, Electrical and Low Energy / Sustainable Building Services Solutions. We have significant expertise in Education, Healthcare, Industrial and Commercial Projects.

Based in Glasgow we provide services across the whole of Scotland, Ireland and North England.

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