Work has begun on constructing the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS), based next to Glasgow Airport.
Sitting at the heart of the district, a 52-hectare campus will house companies harnessing new, cutting-edge technologies which could revolutionise manufacturing. The site has already been confirmed as the location for the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, as well as the Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre.
The innovation district, which will place Renfrewshire at the centre of Scotland’s manufacturing sector, is predicted to create up to 6,000 jobs and greatly enhance the nation’s manufacturing capabilities.
Development of the district is being led by Renfrewshire Council in partnership with the Scottish Government and Scottish Enterprise.
Scottish Government finance minister, Derek Mackay, attended the official groundbreaking ceremony alongside representatives from Scottish Enterprise and pupils from nearby Inchinnan Primary School.
Speaking at the ceremony, he said: “I am delighted to celebrate work starting on the new Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland. Building on our rich and diverse manufacturing heritage, this development will help Scotland develop the clean, green, technologically-advanced industries of the future.
“The first tenants of this new district will be the Scottish Government’s £65 million National Manufacturing Institute Scotland and the £56 million Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre, which will both provide an attractive proposition for further inward investment.”
The extensive project, due to be completed by early 2021, will see the construction of new bridges, roads, cycling routes and pedestrian walkways around the district, funded through the £1.13bn Glasgow City Region Deal.
UK Government Minister for Scotland, Colin Clark, added: “I want to see the Glasgow City Region thrive as a powerhouse of economic growth. It’s vital that we invest in the skills, industries and infrastructure that will help businesses create high-paying jobs for the future.
“The UK Government is contributing £32 million to unlock the region’s potential through the Glasgow Airport Investment Area and Medicines Manufacturing Innovation Centre. Across Scotland, our £1.4 billion City and Growth Deal programme is helping to create opportunities and sustainable growth for generations to come.”
Scottish Enterprise has also committed £2.47 million in funding for the project and will provide its expertise to help “shape the district masterplan” and create a “high-quality environment that fosters collaboration”.
Commenting on the groundbreaking, Scottish Enterprise chief executive Steve Dunlop said that once completed, the district will “significantly enhance” Scotland’s global reputation.
“This site represents one of the most exciting and important developments for Scotland’s manufacturing community in a generation. Once completed, it will significantly enhance Scotland’s excellent worldwide reputation for attracting inward investors,” he said.
“Working collaboratively with our partners, we can help build more resilient and agile manufacturing businesses, offering high-quality jobs for local people that will positively impact their communities, Renfrewshire and all of Scotland.”