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NMIS (National Manufacturing Institute Scotland) Glasgow


NMIS (National Manufacturing Institute Scotland) Glasgow

Project Info

The new NMIS headquarters pushes the boundaries for the application of engineered timber, creating a BREEAM Outstanding, inspirational learning environment with a unique structural identity.

Aiming to promote collaborative working, sustainability and innovation, the facility’s design maximises the technical and aesthetic capabilities of engineered timber, creating an advanced two-storey structure that is carbon neutral and optimised for productivity.

Panoramic glazing, diagonal glulam columns and an extensive diagrid roof define the building’s striking appearance. Highly visible externally and internally, the dramatic glulam structure provides a wide column-free space that maximises flexibility and the potential for reconfiguration.

The prefabricated diagrid structure and panelised CLT roof were assembled onsite, with bespoke CLT rooflight frames formed offsite to increase efficiency and accuracy.

Framing the view into the facility, the glulam structure creates an emblematic architectural statement for the project, exemplifying NMIS’ values of innovation and sustainability.


ArchitectHLM Architect

Structural EngineerWaterman Group

Wood SupplierStora Enso; Rubner

ContractorMorrison Construction

SpeciesSpruce (Norway) – PEFC certified


Structural FrameB&K Structures

Timber EngineerEngenuiti

PhotographerB&K Structures and David Barbour