Construction awarded in Renfrewshire


Morrison Construction, a firm which is part of the Galliford Try Group, was been awarded the contract to build the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland (NMIS).

The £42 million contract will create the new Institute at the heart of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District Scotland in Renfrewshire. Morrison Construction hopes to achieve a BREEAM ‘outstanding’ rating for sustainability for this project.

Construction should begin soon and is hoped to be completed within 18 months.

The firm intends to utilise innovative technologies and use recycled or recyclable materials as much as possible. This means avoiding common materials such as concrete, other quarried aggregates, and sticking to British materials as much as possible.

The National Manufacturing Institute Scotland will be operated by the University of Strathclyde. It aims to support manufacturing and engineering firms across Scotland, strengthen links between the public sector, industry and academia, and to enable manufacturers to come together to innovate new technologies.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Strathclyde, said: “Completing the rigorous tender process and appointing Morrison Construction to build the flagship National Manufacturing Institute Scotland facility is a highly significant step forward in the ongoing development of the NMIS group of world-class industrial research facilities.

“As the anchor University for NMIS, Strathclyde continues to work in close partnership with industrial, academic and public sector partners. Together we are making great strides towards creating the future of advanced manufacturing in Scotland, applying leading research capabilities to drive industrial innovation and supporting the country’s talented manufacturing and engineering sector.”


Many construction contractors and clients require contractor staff to hold and display Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) smart-cards, which prove their qualifications, before allowing them on site.

Here at Time and Attendance Scotland, we are an IT partner of the CSCS through our parent company, Tensor plc. This means that we can provide seamless integration between the CSCS smartcard and our WinTA.NET software, which provides time management, visitor/contractor management and fire/evacuation roll-call systems.

The integration takes the end-user form of a CSCS “card wizard”. This set of rules allows a company to quickly grant construction contractors recognition by and access to our hardware, such as clocking terminals, turnstiles, and door controllers. The wizard will run one of three scenarios when giving access rights to contractors. These are:

  • Contractors who are completely new to the system.
  • Contractors whose name exists on the system but their CSCS card has not been entered.
  • Contractors who are fully recorded on the system and have used their card at other sites, but are new to this particular site.

For each different scenario the wizard will guide the user through the enrolment procedure. The result is that:

  • The contractor’s CSCS card is read (using a USB card reader attached to a Tensor.NET Client PC)
  • Details are extracted from the card to update the contractor’s details within the system
  • Options such as a company, site, shift group and department are assigned to the cardholder

To make it easier to include new contractors in your site’s existing health and safety and security procedures, please contact us today. We can handle any size site: our Enterprise software is able to perform for global, multi-site corporations with thousands of employees/users, while our Start edition helps small businesses with less than 50 users.

Please get in touch for more information. We provide online demos and product training, and our engineers adhere to strict social distancing procedures.