Kilmarnock set for build of ‘world class’ smart homes

CONSTRUCTION Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and The Halo Urban Regeneration Company (HALO) have announced a partnership that will bring ‘world class’ smart homes to Kilmarnock.

The £63 million project on a 23-acre site that was formally the home of Johnnie Walker, will be the first town-centre-located net zero carbon energy project in Scotland, the developers said.

HALO and CSIC added that the development will use ‘cutting edge’ smart home designs to develop sustainable building components alongside the low carbon heat solutions also being designed for the homes.

They added that new skills in the construction industry will be developed through the use of the latest technologies in the project, as well as research and development opportunities being explored throguh CSIC’s innovation supply chain network and innovation factory in Blantyre.

Marie Macklin CBE, founder and executive chair of the HALO Urban Regeneration Company, said, “CSIC is the perfect partner for the HALO to develop its smart homes of the future. The partnership will help us achieve our ultimate vision of a net zero dynamic commercial, educational, cultural, leisure and lifestyle quarter where people can ‘Live, Work, Learn and Play’.

“The HALO is all about tomorrow’s world. By setting the standard for low carbon energy sites across the UK our smart homes of the future, fuelled by 100% renewable energy and with the support of CSIC, will play a huge part in our vision.

“Delivering net zero carbon energy at the HALO is not only an opportunity to create economic growth in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire and across Scotland, it’s a way to highlight the emergency we all face in climate change.”

Lucy Black, director of innovation and engagement at CSIC, added, “Our goal is to drive transformational change in the construction industry for its future resilience, which is more important than ever.

“Sustainable building, adopting modern methods of construction, technological transformation and culture change, particularly with skills, equality and inclusion, are all a key focus for both our organisations. Working together to realise these mutual aims makes perfect sense.

“We’re really excited about this truly innovative partnership and the impact it could have on the construction industry at large.”