James Hutton Institute New FACILITY

James Hutton Institute’s £28.7m Upgrade: Advanced Plant Growth Centre and International Barley Hub Construction

Contracts totaling £28.7 million have been signed between McLaughlin & Harvey and The James Hutton Institute. The contract includes the construction of a combination Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC) and International Barley Hub (IBH) at Invergowrie. Through the Tay Cities Deal, the Scottish Government has invested £17 million towards the project. The James Hutton Institute’s buildings in Invergowrie are getting a £17 million makeover thanks to the Scottish Government. Malcolm Offord, the minister responsible for Scotland in the UK government, stated: “These new facilities will carry out crucial research that will help food security and the future success of our farming economy.”

For the following phase of the continuing reconstruction of The James Hutton Institute’s Invergowrie estate, McLaughlin & Harvey and The James Hutton Institute have signed construction contracts totaling £28.7 million. Construction of a combined Advanced Plant Growth Centre (APGC) and International Barley Hub is included in this new contract (IBH). This next stage is a part of a master plan to build two institute-led innovation centers in Invergowrie, helping to position Scotland as a leader in global food security and crop resilience. It was procured under the SCAPE Scotland Construction Framework and partially funded by the Tay Cities Deal.

The James Hutton Institute’s CEO, Colin Campbell, stated: “Entering the International Barley Hub’s second phase of development marks an important turning point in this project, which seeks to future-proof the barley industry in Scotland and the UK. Over the next ten years, this new facility, which will act as the institution’s primary research center, is expected to benefit Scotland to the tune of almost £60 million and create over 1200 jobs.”

Scottish Government Minister Malcolm Offord stated: “These new facilities will conduct crucial research that will support the safety of our food supply and the continued success of our agricultural sector, while also generating new jobs for the area. The Tay Cities Deal, which is one of more than £2 billion in investments for programs boosting communities all over Scotland, sees the UK Government invest £45 million at the James Hutton Institute.”

Image provided by The International Baryley Hub

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