Building Briefs – June 5th

  • Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc Dundee appoints Ryden and Westport Property as marketing and leasing advisers

Ryden and Westport Property have been appointed by Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc (MSIP) as marketing and leasing advisers.

The appointment will commence immediately, now that Michelin has ceased tyre production from the facility which extends to 65,000 sqm (700,000 sqft) on a site of over 32 hectares (79 acres).

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc is one of the largest industrial focused commercial redevelopment projects currently under way in Scotland. It will provide industrial and manufacturing accommodation to local, national and international companies at the forefront of the sustainable mobility and low carbon energy sectors. 

With a focus on people, place and planet, MSIP, a joint venture between Michelin, Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council, is already at an advanced stage of planning the transformation of the existing tyre factory into a vibrant Innovation Parc in Dundee, where industry and academia will come together. 


  • Virtual talk to explore history of Inverness architecture

An online talk has been organised by Wasps’ Inverness Creative Academy and Inverness Townscape Heritage Project on two of Inverness’ most historic and architecturally important buildings; Rose Street Foundry and Midmills campus.

The talk, which will take place via Zoom and Facebook Live on June 11 at 3pm, will be hosted by conservation architect Calum Maclean, and coincides with the launch of Calum’s new publication ‘The Architecture of Inverness’.

The talk will focus on the architectural practice of Ross & Macbeth in Inverness and two of its most iconic buildings; the Inverness Creative Academy at the Midmills campus, formally the home of Inverness Royal Academy, and the Rose Street Foundry/AI Welders building at 96 Academy Street.

Calum Maclean, who owns architectural practice MAAC Studio, will also be answering questions from the audience alongside a panel from Inverness Creative Academy and Inverness Townscape Heritage Project.

Further details can be found here.


  • 30,000 participants benefit from NHBC’s virtual training during lockdown

In response to the COVID-19 outbreak, NHBC has dramatically scaled-up its virtual training offering.

In early April, the transition from two webinars per month to two per day began and since then NHBC has delivered virtual training to more than 30,000 participants.

Aimed at house-building professionals and covering areas from Foundations to Finishes and many of the key build stages in between, NHBC has supported the industry during a challenging time with practical, insightful and accessible training.

As housebuilders start to return to site and manage the challenges presented by Covid-19, the demand for virtual training is set to continue. Many of NHBC’s highly popular courses that have traditionally been delivered in face-to-face classroom settings have now been adapted for virtual learning.

Find out more here.


  • Nuclear reaction to Dyllan’s work

Ensuring the UK’s first nuclear generator for a generation is as resilient as possible has earned 26-year-old Dyllan Parkinson from Glasgow the coveted title of Scotland’s Emerging Engineer.

Judges for the award, organised by the Institution of Civil Engineers Scotland, were impressed by Dyllan’s work at Hinkley Point in Somerset, which is expected to be operational by 2025.

Dyllan works for Jacobs Engineering Group and now goes forward to the prestigious UK final.

The award is designed to promote and reward outstanding communication of civil engineering ideas and research from ICE student, graduate and trainee technician members.


  • Spectrum Properties director donates food vouchers to vulnerable children

Bill Roddie, managing director of Glasgow-based family-owned business Spectrum Properties, has donated £1,500 in Aldi food vouchers to vulnerable families in the city. 

Bill Roddie

For the past five years, Mr Roddie has funded an annual trip to the pantomime for up to 100 vulnerable youngsters and their families. However, with no sign of pantomimes being performed any time soon, the businessman has instead donated £1,500 in Aldi food vouchers to the youngsters’ parents, guardians, and carers.

Colin McGowan, chairman of Blameless, the Lanarkshire-based charity formed to provide fun times, happy memories, and a vision of hope for the children and families of those suffering from addiction, is the organiser of the annual event.

He said: “I have been a long-time friend of Bill Roddie and our charity, Blameless, has relied upon him for the past five years to fund our annual pantomime outing. This is the most important fun night out in the year that everyone associated with our charity looks forward to.

“And when you include tickets, transport and treats for the youngsters during the performance: programmes, ice cream and held-held glowing toys, his generosity has amounted to a total donation over the years of some £10,000.

“When Bill realised that the Covid-19 pandemic meant there is unlikely to be a pantomime season this year, he decided to accelerate the timing of his annual donation by providing Aldi food vouchers to the same value to help families who are finding life more difficult than usual.”

Mr Roddie, whose business provides business centre space, industrial workshops and units, warehousing and manufacturing facilities as well as secure open yard storage and business support services in and around Glasgow, said: “In these unprecedented times, delivering food and essential supplies to loved ones is difficult.

“As the effects of coronavirus continue to disrupt family life, it is clear we are all in this together. This donation is intended simply to give a helping hand to vulnerable people who may be struggling to get by.”