All set for £89m research and technology centre

24 Feb 2012

Work on an £89million world class technology and innovation centre in the Merchant City will begin next month.

City planners have given the go-ahead for a Technology and Innovation Centre at the University of Strathclyde that will be the first of its kind in Europe and will become the cornerstone of the International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone (ITREZ). Due to open in 2014, it will become Scotland's hub for global green energy developments.

The new development will house up to 1200 researchers from Strathclyde University and private sector companies.

They will work together to find solutions to the challenges of the 21st century including climate change, disease and the need for fresh drinking water across the globe.

The centre, which will be the size of 100 tennis courts, will be built at the junction of George Street and Albion Street.

Work on preparing the site will begin next month and it is hoped the Technology and Innovation Centre will be open for business by 2014.

It will bring a fresh way of thinking by opening new avenues of research
The university will work with a range of key partners including energy companies SSE and EDF, Scottish Power, the Weir Group, Babcock, Rolls-Royce and wind turbine firm Gamesa.

Permission for the new research centre was granted just days after the UK government revealed Strathclyde is to play a key role in a multi-million pound initiative to stimulate development and commercialisation of new offshore wind, tidal and wave power technologies.

 

Source:  Evening Times - Work set to start on new £89m technology centre