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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-13288: Graham Simpson (Central Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 11 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-11311 by Paul Wheelhouse on 29 September 2017, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding how much it is investing into research on the offsite construction sector.

Answered by: Keith Brown 19 December 2017

My response to S5W-11311 made clear Scottish Government support for encouraging a higher take-up of innovation in product and process across the construction sector.

We are providing £7.5 million funding, via the Scottish Funding Council, for the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre which provides businesses with a ‘one-stop shop’ for accessing a team of experts and public support along with access to state of the art production, prototyping and technology equipment that allows companies to develop new products and modern methods of construction, including offsite production.

In addition, the Draft Budget 2018-19 announces our intention to deliver a new
£150 million Building Scotland Fund to support the development of new public and private sector housing, of modern industrial and commercial space and industry-led research and development. The cross portfolio fund will be supported by £70 million in 2018-19 and £80 million in 2019-21. We will work closely with the construction sector and Construction Scotland Innovation Centre to ensure this investment acts as a catalyst for skills development and innovation across the sector including encouraging the use of offsite construction where appropriate.