research hub display

Design for world-class research hub go on display

Plans for a world-class research and innovation development that will create jobs and attract millions of pounds of inward investment to Glasgow are to go on display at an exhibition next Tuesday (31 May 2011).

Residents and business owners are invited to attend the public consultation evening, which will include the latest designs for the University of Strathclyde's £89 million Technology and Innovation Centre and Scottish Enterprise's neighbouring Industry Engagement Building on George Street.

The Technology and Innovation Centre at Strathclyde (TIC) will bring together 850 academics, researchers and project managers from the University and its industrial partners to find solutions to challenges which are central to economic regeneration.

It will sit next to Scottish Enterprise's Industry Engagement Building, enabling innovative companies to co-locate with TIC and access the University's leading research expertise. Both buildings are part of Scotland's new International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone (ITREZ).

Dr Steve Graham, Executive Director of TIC, said: "The Technology and Innovation Centre is a transformational project for the city and for Scotland. It will bring together the best minds from academia and industry to address challenges that affect every area of society, including power and energy, advanced science and manufacturing.

"TIC will be based in an inspirational new building that will bring together research specialisms currently thriving within the University, and will embrace industry, from large multinational companies to small and medium size enterprises. It will be developed with low carbon principles to the fore, and its welcoming and transparent design will help it become a gateway between the Merchant City and City Centre.

"We are very much looking forward to meeting members of the community to share the initial plans with them and listen to their views.??

Neil Francis, Sector Delivery Director, Scottish Enterprise, said: "The International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone is key to our ambitions to position Glasgow and Scotland at the heart of global green energy developments.


"Glasgow has already attracted a number of well-established companies in the offshore wind sector, and our investment in the TIC and our Industry Engagement Building will help drive the co-location of industry and academia and reinforce the city's reputation as the location for the expanding renewables industry."


At £89 million, TIC is the University's single-biggest investment in research capacity and has attracted financial backing from Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council. Its founding partners are SSE, ScottishPower and the Weir Group.


TIC's landmark, 22,000 square metres building - the equivalent floor space of around three football pitches - will house specialist, shared and flexible laboratory facilities, enabling world-class researchers respond to challenges in partnership with industry, government agencies and other organisations.


The Industry Engagement Building is expected to have a floor area in the region of 4,800 square metres with space for around 500 occupants over five storeys. Like TIC, the Industry Engagement Building will be highly sustainable.

The drop-in consultation event will run between 6pm and 9pm on Tuesday 31 May in the McCance Building, University of Strathclyde, 16 Richmond St, Glasgow. For more information , visit www.strath.ac.uk/tic and www.scottish-enterprise.com/itrez