According to Stephen Good, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) chief executive, construction in Scotland has a strong history of innovation in building and engineering.
His organisation is already working on 130 projects with a value of over £7 million.
The CSIC has also brokered nearly 300 collaborations between businesses and over 140 between academia and businesses. Industry estimates suggest that over the next five years, these projects will generate a revenue of £160m and £7.1m in savings. They will also create nearly 240 jobs, protect nearly 800, and launch 70 new products.
Mr. Good said that the CSIC channels through four innovation support areas. The first two are support for product and process innovation, the other two are support for business and service innovation. The current question is how to help the Scottish construction companies, engineers, architects, and designers as well as showcase the broad range of opportunities available in the industry, from the job site to the boardroom.
Off-site manufacturing, where building components are assembled indoors and constructed on-site, works with digital technologies and other innovations. Mr. Good said that an offsite hub, where firms can collaborate, has elevated Scotland’s reputation in the last decade. He explained that CSIC recognised an opportunity to get off-site companies to work together. During an 18-month period they managed to get the companies from a group of seven competing businesses to a collaborative partnership that was so successful it won a Scottish Enterprise award.