New �89m research centre aims to put Scotland at forefront of technological innovation

The University of Strathclyde has unveiled plans for a new research centre which it says will transform the way academics and industry leaders collaborate on technological research.

The Technology and Innovation Centre (TIC) in Glasgow will see hundreds of university researchers and industrial partners working together on areas including power and energy, photonics and sensors, advanced engineering, pharmaceutical manufacturing and bio-nano systems.

The £89m centre is the university’s single-biggest investment in research capacity and has already attracted interest from companies including Scottish and Southern Energy, ScottishPower and the Weir Group.

Ministers hope the project will double the scale of research investment in Scotland by up to £150m in five years as part of the Scottish Enterprise’s new International Technology and Renewable Energy Zone (ITREZ).

First Minister Alex Salmond said the centre was a “pioneering project” which built on “Scotland’s great tradition of innovating new technologies and developments in fields including energy and engineering”.

“Scotland is recognised internationally for its immense contribution to shaping the modern world through innovation and research and the Scottish Government works with universities, research institutes and industry to ensure the country continues to be a competitive hotbed of ideas,” he said.

“This city and this country will engineer the technologies of the 21st century just as Glasgow once dominated marine engineering in the 19th century.”

The facility will be constructed in a 22,000 square metre city centre complex, which is expected to be operational by 2013.

Global engineering company the Weir Group will also create a dedicated facility within the building which will focus on new product innovation and significant improvements in existing product performance.

Professor Jim McDonald, principal of the University of Strathclyde, said: “The Technology and Innovation Centre will help transform Glasgow and Scotland.

“By capitalising on our leading, industry-relevant research, the centre will attract millions of pounds of inward investment to the city, drive global businesses, create jobs, and support the development of our highly-qualified graduates and postgraduates.”

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