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The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, a new, £10 million venture designed to exploit Scotland’s existing industrial and academic strengths in the field of building, has appointed a ten-person expert advisory group as it finalises its collaboration agreement with 12 partner universities.

Launched last October, and supported by Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the universities the Innovation Centre was formed to bring together industry, academia and the public sector to promote a “transformational change” in Scottish building practices. It provides Scotland’s 31,000 construction businesses with a ‘one-stop shop’ for accessing a team of experts and public support.

The Technical Advisory Group (TAG) mixes industry and academic experts who will help prioritise key ways to boost the Scottish construction sector, which currently employs around 170,000 people and is worth over £8.7 billion a year.

Each group includes an industry and an academic lead. These are respectively: Infrastructure: Steve Irvine, Laing O’Rourke and Professor Rod Jones, University of Dundee; Design and Performance: Matt Bridgestock, John Gilbert Architects and Professor Richard Laing, Robert Gordon University; Advanced Construction and Building Fabric Technologies: Andy Outram, Turner Townsend and Professor Sean Smith, Edinburgh Napier University; Energy and ICT: Lori McElroy, Architecture and Design Scotland and Professor Joe Clarke, University of Strathclyde; Environment: Richard Allan, The James Hutton Institute and Professor Gary Pender, Heriot-Watt University.

CSIC chief executive Stephen Good said: “I am delighted to welcome our Technical Advisory Group leads on board, many of whom are national and international leading experts in their fields. Their passion for change and world class experience will help ensure the Innovation Centre is a success. The appointment of the Group is a significant milestone in the Centre’s development – we now have the funding in place, the industry leadership in place and the academic expertise in place, so it’s an exciting time for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre.”

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