SCOTLAND’S international centre of manufacturing expertise is a step closer to being realised following the appointment of the design team.

Glasgow-based HLM Architects has been appointed to lead the design team , while also providing landscape architecture and interior design services for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, hosted by the University of Strathclyde, which aims to make Scotland a global leader in advanced manufacturing.

By bringing industry, research and the wider public sector together it hopes to drive productivity and skills development.

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, hopefully enabling them to be more globally competitive.

Ross Barrett, associate at HLM, said: “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 investment includes £48m from the Scottish Government and £8m from the University of Strathclyde as well as £9m in the Lightweight Manufacturing Centre which is a first phase of NMIS.