The NMIS exterior

University of Strathclyde, The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS)

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

MGAC has been providing cost consultancy services for this development since 2019. 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 costs and carbon impact, as well as initial capital investment. Lifecycle and whole life costings have given our client a realistic view the building’s long-term environmental impact. Working closely with the project’s BREEAM advisor from start to finish, we have consciously ensured the building’s lifecycle sustainability.


The development started with an undeveloped plot of land: AMIDS. The provision of key infrastructure such as roads, electricity and water supply were necessary, and delays in this process impacted almost all works. As the situation developed, we found creative ways to move construction forward.

NMIS is a complex project, with stakeholders across multiple sectors. Ensuring its needs are met within budget can be a challenge. With a close understanding of the brief and key project deliverables, and by working attentively with subcontractors at tender stage, we have mitigated the financial impact of delays.

Success Factors

MGAC’s core values align with those of NMIS. We believe in promoting best practice in environmental sustainability, and our experience in this area has been a vital asset to our client. Our assistance with the project’s Lifecycle Assessment ensured that all decisions have been made with long-term function in mind.

Coupled with broad experience with technology and University facilities, our holistic approach to balancing project priorities with cost adjustments has been central to our success.