Sturgeon’s backing for new centre

The construction industry’s new ‘think tank’ has been given the seal of approval by deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon.

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre will provide the 30,000-plus businesses involved in the sector with access to a team of academic experts.

The centre has been supported by Scottish Funding Council with a total funding package of £9.3m with additional financial backing from the private sector. It is working in partnership with Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and 11 universities. Edinburgh Napier University, which developed the bid alongside industry and the other universities, will be responsible for administration.

Speaking at the Construction Scotland conference today (Tuesday) Sturgeon said: “The construction industry underpins all of Scotland’s key sectors and therefore underpins the success of our whole economy. Working together we can create the best environment for our businesses to thrive in partnership with academia to achieve our goals and aspirations for the sector.”

Chairman of Construction Scotland, Ed Moed monaghannaghan (pictured) of Mactaggart & Mickel, added: “It is essential that developments taking shape on projects around the country are connected to the academic capability and innovation in our higher education sector as this will ensure that an innovative culture pervades our industry.”

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 Article posted 8/10/2014