Media Release: Media invitation to BRE Innovation Park, Ravenscraig, May 21


BROADCAST and print media representatives are invited to attend BRE Innovation Park, Ravenscraig  on Wednesday 21 May 2014 at 9.30am for the visit of  Scottish Cabinet Secretary, Angela Constance.

Scottish Government Cabinet Secretary for Training, Youth and Women’s Employment, Angela Constance, will launch two, new demonstration projects on the BRE Innovation Park @ Ravenscraig, a mini-demonstration community of homes and buildings on the former steel works site that is tapping into our country’s legacy of world changing invention and innovation.

During her visit, the Minister will open the newly-constructed Refurbished House, a recreation of the four in a block home, which demonstrates a range of innovative retrofit solutions for some of the most energy inefficient homes across Scotland and the UK.

The Minister will also meet the brightest and best architectural and construction students from local New College Lanarkshire who have designed and will now start to build the Curriculum House on the park, a fresh, unique and youthful take on how homes for the future should look, feel and perform for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy.

This is the first ‘live’ higher level educational project of its kind in the UK.

During her visit, the Cabinet Secretary will also present prizes to Primary 7 children for their winning entries to the BRE Scotland Eco House design competition aimed at getting children engaged with the sustainable built environment.

For further information please contact:

Mary-Jo Devlin – PR consultant to BRE Scotland


Mob 07795 346970


Linda McKeown – BRE


tel 01923 664569

Notes to editors:

The Refurbished House project, which has been delivered by BRE Scotland, Edinburgh Napier University and Historic Scotland and constructed by local builders Cruden will enable a robust assessment to be made on the most cost-effective solutions of fabric upgrades for this building style, for walls, windows, roofs and services.

Findings can be applied to 265,000 of these dwellings in Scotland and three million of a similar design in England.

Designed as a family home, the Curriculum House aims to achieve gold level compliance with section 7 of the Scottish Building Standards and is comprised of a thermally efficient closed panel timber frame build system called Val-U-Therm (manufactured by Scottish company Scotframe) which minimises the energy needs of the home and generates minimum waste.

With an adaptable internal structure conducive to meeting the changing needs of a family over time, the low carbon house will also feature the latest in renewable technology.

Other key features include TETRiS, an eco-friendly, super-strong and highly-insulated structural flooring alternative to beam and block floors It will be completed later this year.

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Contact: Mary-Jo Devlin
Phone: 07795346970