University of Strathclyde, The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland

Renfrewshire, Scotland

Project Summary

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS) is a group of industry-led manufacturing research and development facilities with a network of Partners across Scotland, operated by The University of Strathclyde.

The University set out to construct a ‘Factory of the Future’ in the heart of The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland (AMIDS), an ambitious new manufacturing development near Glasgow Airport. Designed to be carbon neutral in operation, this facility would allow industry, academia and the public sector to collaborate on ground-breaking manufacturing research to transform productivity levels.

MGAC's Role

Since 2019, MGAC has been providing cost consultancy services. We have engaged trusted architects, project managers, structural engineers and service engineers as subcontractors, continuously reviewing costs while protecting key project objectives.

We have helped the University to evaluate the project based on long-term, not just short-term, capital costs. Life and Whole Cycle costings have given our client a realistic view the building’s long-term environmental impact. We have worked closely with the project’s BREEAM advisor throughout the project to ensure Lifecycle Sustainability.


At the beginning of this journey, AMIDS was a completely undeveloped plot of land. Unavoidable delays in the provision of key infrastructure such as roads, electricity and water supply have had a knock-on impact on almost all works. As the situation develops, we adapt, finding ways to move construction forward.

This project is complex, with stakeholders across sectors. Ensuring their needs are met within budget can be a challenge. With a close understanding of the brief and key project deliverables, we have managed this well. We have mitigated the financial impact of unpredictable delays and brought actual costs closer to budget by working with subcontractors at tender stage.

Success Factors

Our core values are a major asset to NMIS. We believe in promoting best practice in environmental sustainability, and our client embodies this in practice. Our assistance with the project’s Lifecycle Assessment has helped to ensure that the facility’s long-term use will influence the choice of materials throughout development.

Our holistic approach to balancing client priorities with cost adjustments has also been invaluable. Throw in our steady mindset, superb communication skills, and experience with University projects, and you have a recipe for long-term success.