Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC)
The contract to build the landmark building on George Street which will house the Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) has gone out to tender. Advance work to prepare the Merchant City site in Strathclyde, will start early next month so that it can be open for business in 2014.
The TIC aims to bring together academics and partners form industry and business to develop solutions to the challenges central to economic regeneration and address key technological challenges faced by society.
Professor Jim McDonald, Principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: "The University is dedicated to sharing knowledge and finding solutions to challenges that matter in areas of economic and societal importance – including health, energy, manufacturing and the economy. We are also committed to helping companies compete globally. Our approach is already revolutionising the way researchers in academia and industry collaborate and innovate together."
"The Technology and Innovation Centre will be a tangible sign of that commitment, enabling our world-class researchers to work side-by-side with colleagues from business and industry. With our key TIC partners including SSE, ScottishPower and the Weir Group, and University-wide industry partners including Babcock, Rolls-Royce, EDF and Gamesa, the University of Strathclyde stands at the intersection of research, industry and academia," said Prof McDonald.
The building will have 25,000 square metres of floor space and will accommodate up to 1200 researchers from the University and its partners in the public and private sectors. With access to state-of-the-art research facilities, they will develop solutions to prevalent 21st Century issues including climate change, disease, and the need for fresh drinking water across the globe. Adjacent to the University's TIC will be a 5000 square metre Industry Engagement Building which will house around 500 people.
The centre, which will be the first of its kind in Europe, will become the cornerstone of the International Technology and Renewables Energy Zone (ITREZ), which is Scotland's hub for global green energy developments.
Major international partners have already been attracted in the form of SSE, ScottishPower and the Weir Group. In addition, it has received funding form Scottish Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council. Mark Batho, Chief Executive of the Scottish Funding Council said: "SFC sees this project as one of the most exciting ventures in Scotland today and we are delighted to be supporting it. The granting of planning permission is an important next step in the development of a building that will transform the way in which industry and universities can work together."
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