MICHELIN Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) has released the first images of its flagship innovation hub in Dundee.
MSIP, a joint venture between Michelin, Dundee City Council and Scottish Enterprise, aims to drive growth and diversity in the Scottish economy whilst addressing the climate emergency. The Innovation Hub will support collaboration and innovation between organisations of different sizes, providing a facility for developing, testing, and commercialising new products and services.
Alongside a 1,200 square metre physical development, MSIP will deliver a programme of activity and provide access to support programmes.
The Innovation Hub will be located on the east side of MSIP, at the main entrance of the Innovation Parc. Facilities will include hot-desking, meetings rooms, event spaces, design workshops and a café.
Dundee City Council previously secured £3.5 million of funding from the Tay Cities Deal Industrial Investment Fund to support the Innovation Hub. Detailed design work is already underway, and the planning application has been submitted.
Robertson Construction was appointed in 2020 as the build contractor for MSIP’s wider transformation programme, procured through Procurement Hub Major Projects framework. Construction will begin on the Innovation Hub early this year with completion expected in 2023.
Colin McIlraith, chief operating officer at MSIP, said, “The Innovation Hub is a core part of the transformation programme that is already underway and brings everything else that we offer at MSIP together. The design for the Innovation Hub provides a dynamic space housing a changing mixture of people, all aspiring to achieve the same goal of net zero.
“It’s also important to showcase our mission in everything we do, and we’ve worked hard to ensure that the design considers the environmental impact of the space, both in its development and in the future when it will be in use. It’s great to be able to now share what the Innovation Hub will look like. It’s ambitious but achievable, which is what MSIP is all about.”
Sarah Petrie, innovation director, MSIP, commented, “The Innovation Hub will be the focal point for MSIPs innovation activity and the place where the earliest stages of innovation and entrepreneurship are initiated. It’s a key part of the offer at MSIP and will be a driver for business formation and growth, harnessing know-how, expertise and entrepreneurial spirit – a gateway for new businesses and a stepping-stone for small businesses.
“It is vital that this space is an exciting, modern, fun, and accessible environment, to attract and retain the best talent and to stimulate ideas, enthusiasm, and collaboration. Looking at the exciting designs shared today, I have no doubt we will deliver that.”
Craig Heap, project director at Holmes Miller, said, “With the Innovation Hub being home to a mix of start-ups, SMEs, and large corporates, as well as researchers and students – all of whom are working together to bring us closer to net zero – we had to create a dynamic space that is flexible enough to meet a range of needs, both now and in the future.
“Crucially, sustainability is at the heart of the project, and every effort has been taken to minimise the environmental impact of the building, both in terms of its construction and its ongoing operation and maintenance, which includes its own green energy supply. Ultimately, the new hub will help inspire users and visitors and showcase MSIP as a modern, fast-moving, and ambitious collaboration, driving forward innovation in low-carbon transport and sustainable mobility.”
Kevin Dickson, regional MD at Robertson Construction Tayside, added, “Robertson is honoured to support Phase 2 of MSIP’s ambitious journey and transformation plans to deliver another high-quality facility as part of the ongoing regeneration of the site.”