Progress on Scottish Enterprise’s new £10 million Industry Engagement Building in Glasgow is now well underway and is due for completion in July.
The building is strategically located alongside the Technology and Innovation Centre, laying the foundation for Scotland’s flagship development of an ‘International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone’.
The zone will offer companies the facilities for cutting edge research, access to world experts and will enable the development of products which will shape the renewable energy industry of tomorrow.
Capitalising on these benefits the UK Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult announced that there HQ will reside in the Industry Engagement Building when complete.
Commenting on the developments in Glasgow Energy, Enterprise and Tourism Minister Fergus Ewing said:
“Scotland is a world leader in the development of offshore renewable technology.
“Major overseas companies such as Samsung, ABB, Alstom, EON and Vattenfall are already working with Scottish universities and energy and engineering firms to invest in the development of pioneering wind and marine energy technologies.
“The construction of the Industry Engagement Building is another milestone in establishing the infrastructure that will help us shape the future of renewable energy technology and innovation, not only in Scotland but internationally.
“Today’s event in Glasgow takes us another step towards the reindustrialisation of Scotland through capitalising on our renewable energy potential and expertise.”
Professor Jim McDonald, who is the principal of the University of Strathclyde, added:
“Scotland has a tremendous opportunity to develop and drive the renewable sector over the next decade and beyond. The new Industry and Engagement Building, alongside Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre will build on our global reputation for advancing technology and research in this important field in close collaboration with Scottish and global companies.
“The successful, collaborative bid to bring the UK’s Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult to Glasgow underlines our city’s determination to create opportunities to drive investment and benefit businesses, institutions and people. This intense research and industry activity positions Scotland as a global hub for excellence in renewable technologies.”