Our Environment

Constructing Tomorrow: The Sustainable Innovation Hub

Venue Name

Michelin Scotland Innovation Parc

Contribution by

Isabelle Bakam



Area of sustainability (i.e. food waste, single use plastics)


What were the objectives of the Social Responsibility or Environmental initiative?

The goal with the construction of the new building was to limit the carbon emissions where possible.

Detail of project

Creating a state-of-the-art facility that embodies cutting-edge sustainability practices and fosters innovative collaborations, resulting in a dynamic, eco-friendly building that serves as a beacon of sustainable construction and a hub for forward-thinking enterprises.

Stakeholders involved

Holmes MillerRobertson Construction TaysideMichelin Scotland Innovation ParcDundee City CouncilScottish EnterpriseAnd the initiative was funded by MSIP’s three core funding partners – Michelin, Scottish Enterprise and Dundee City Council.

Companies or partners who contributed to the project

Holmes Miller as the architectRobertsons Construction Tayside for construction

How did the project meet the original objectives and what were the successful outcomes?

The Innovation Hub has been built with its carbon footprint in mind, with a Glulam (glue laminated timber) and CLT (cross laminated timber) structure used in place of a conventional steel construction, saving an estimated 715 tonne of carbon dioxide.

What you would do differently next time

1. Early Integration of Sustainability Goals: Incorporate sustainability goals from the initial planning stages to ensure they are embedded in every aspect of the project.
2. Collaboration with Experts: Work with sustainability consultants, architects, and engineers who specialize in green building practices. Their expertise can help navigate complex regulations and certifications.
3. Use of Sustainable Materials: Source materials that are environmentally friendly and prioritize materials that have a lower environmental impact throughout their lifecycle.
4. Energy-Efficient Systems: Invest in energy-efficient systems such as LED lighting, high-efficiency HVAC systems, and renewable energy sources like solar or wind.
5. Occupant Well-Being: Design spaces that promote the health and well-being of occupants. Ensure good indoor air quality, natural lighting, ergonomic furniture, and spaces that encourage physical activity and mental relaxation.
6. Community Engagement: Involve the local community and stakeholders throughout the project. Their input can provide valuable insights and foster a sense of ownership and support for the project.
7. Continuous Improvement: Monitor the performance of the building after completion and seek opportunities for improvement. Regularly update systems and practices to incorporate new sustainability innovations and technologies.
8. Education and Training: Educate staff and occupants about sustainable practices and the importance of maintaining the building’s green features.

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