Media Release: BRE welcomes local MSP to award-winning Innovation Park


JOHN Pentland MSP recently visited to the award-winning BRE Ravenscraig Innovation Park, which is located within his Motherwell and Wishaw constituency.

Mr Pentland joins the growing list of Holyrood and Westminster politicians undertaking fact finding tours of the BRE Innovation Park. In recent times, Deputy First Minister John Swinney, Scottish Labour’s Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Communities Ken Macintosh MSP, Marion Fellowes MP and Phil Boswell MP have all been impressed by the ground breaking research and monitoring which takes place at the award winning facility.

Dr David Kelly, group director BRE Innovation Park Networks, joined Mr Pentland on his visit and personally conducted the facility tour explaining first hand the research being carried out in each of the innovative new homes on the Park – homes which many believe will influence Scotland’s future housebuilding agenda.

Commenting on the visit, Dr Kelly, of BRE, said: “We are greatly encouraged by the growing level of interest being shown by leading Scottish politicians into the work carried out by BRE. To be able to share our vision and ambitions for the Innovation Parks with such an influential audience is gratifying.

“The innovative buildings, products, and technologies on the Park demonstrate future solutions to many of the housing issues we face today. We very much hope that the insight gained by our politicians as a result of these visits will ultimately play a part in influencing thinking around future policy.”

He adds: “At BRE Ravenscraig Innovation Park, we aim to blend science and technology with innovation and entrepreneurship to find solutions for existing and future buildings not only in Scotland but in the UK, in Europe and around the world.”

Mr Pentland visited the Curriculum House, which has been designed and built by brightest and best architectural and construction students from New College Lanarkshire and is recognised as the first ‘live’ higher level educational project of its kind in the UK.

He was enjoyed a guided tour of the Energy Efficient Home, specifically designed for the affordable sector of the market by Scottish firm AppleGreen.

This uniquely-designed home has attracted international attention from organisations and governments across the globe who are seeking to address their own house building industries, by improving skills, creating jobs and ultimately building large volumes of quality, affordable, energy efficient homes.

He also saw first-hand the Refurbished House, a recreation of the ‘four in a block’ home – a house type of which there are an estimated 250,000-plus in Scotland.

The model at Ravenscraig, which has been delivered by BRE Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and Historic Scotland and was constructed by local builders Cruden, demonstrates a range of innovative ‘retrofit solutions’ for this house type, which accounts for some of the most energy inefficient homes across the country.

Guided tours of BRE Innovation Park are available to all and can be arranged by contacting the Park direct on 01698 262193.

Seen pictured (l-r) are: Dr David Kelly, group director BRE Innovation Park Networks and John Pentland MSP.

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