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Innovation Centre for construction sector

Jim Duffy

Jim Duffy: among the workshop leaders

A centre designed to encourage and test out new ideas in construction will be opened in Lanarkshire  next month.

The £3 million Innovation Factory, at Hamilton International Technology Park, will allow anyone in 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.

It will be launched on 11 September and 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.

Keynote speakers include Andrew Wolstenholme, CEO of Crossrail and Co-Chair UK Construction Leadership Council, and Tom Bloxham, Chairman and Co-Founder of Urban Splash.

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 Jim Duffy, co-founder of Entrepreneurial Spark and the Moonshot Academy, and author of Create Special.

The Scottish construction sector employs 170,000 -10% of all Scottish jobs – across 31,000 businesses, with a GVA of £8.7 billion.

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 at  www.cs-ic.org/events as soon as possible to guarantee their place.

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