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Construction ‘INNOVATION FACTORY’ to be launched with industry event

24 Aug 2017

Keynote speakers include Crossrail Chief Executive, Andrew Wolstenholme OBE and Urban Splash Development Director, Chris Shaw. 

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre’s pioneering Innovation Factory will be officially launched at an industry event on Monday 11 September 2017.

The £3m 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 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.

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 Class of Your Own Limited Founder and Chief Executive, Alison Watson.

 

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.”

Registration and attendance at the event is free. Those wishing to attend should register through this link as soon as possible to guarantee their place.

 

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Notes to editors:

 

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

CSIC supports Scotland’s construction related businesses to innovate, collaborate and grow by matching innovation requirements with business support and academic specialists. Focusing on Business, Product, Process and Service forms of innovation, CSIC offers advice, funding, facilitation and access to the appropriate expertise, improving Scotland’s global competitiveness and growing economic impact. CSIC facilitates collaboration with Scottish businesses, academia (through 13 partner universities) and public sector organisations, enabling businesses to benefit from Scotland’s world renowned skills, expertise and fair approach to business in areas such as Infrastructure Delivery, Offsite Construction, Low Carbon Solutions, Architecture and Retrofit.

 

Construction industry statistics

The Scottish construction sector employs 170,000 people -10% of all Scottish jobs - across 31,000 businesses, with a GVA of £8.7 billion (5).  In 2011/12 the top 10 Scottish construction firms had a total turnover of £2.2 billion and employed 6,000 people directly.

 

About the keynote speakers/workshop leaders

Andrew Wolstenholme OBE, CEO Crossrail/Co-Chair UK Construction Leadership Council

Andrew became chief executive of Crossrail, Europe's largest civil engineering project, in August 2011. His previous roles include Construction Director on the Heathrow Express Rail Link and Programme Director on Heathrow’s £4.3bn Terminal 5. He was awarded an OBE in 2009 for services to the construction industry.

Lynne Cadenhead, Director of Emotional Sciences/ Chair Women's Enterprise Scotland 

A serial entrepreneur, Lynne has over 20 years’ investment experience, investing in, mentoring and nurturing a range of early stage technology and retail companies throughout the UK. She has worked with a wide portfolio of technology companies – from pharmaceuticals and polymers to prosthetics and optics – and has also managed two early stage technology venture capital funds, served on over 30 boards and started up her own games company.

Kevin Baughan, Deputy Chief Executive of Innovate UK 

Kevin's role is focused on both the development and delivery of Innovate UK’s investment portfolio locally, nationally and globally. Before taking up the position as Deputy Chief Executive, Kevin was Innovate UK’s Director of Technology and Innovation from 2014 to 2016 and their Chief Development Officer from 2016 to 2017.

 

 

 

For further information, contact:

Anna Chambers, Perceptive Communicators

Tel: 07940 373753 Email:  anna.chambers@perceptivecommunicators.co.uk

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