Scottish Enterprise Technology Park
Location
Scottish Enterprise Technology Park, East Kilbride G75 0QD

Contact Details
Contact: Willie Rutheglen, c/o Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire, New Lanarkshire House, Strathclyde Business Park, Bellshill ML4 3AD
Tel: 01698 74 54 54 Fax: 01698 84 22 11
Colliers CRE, Management Suite, James Watt Building
Tel: 0845 272 0222 Fax: 01355 272 777

Torus Building – The newly completed two-storey office pavilion by Speyroc with the benefits of a wind turbine A Centre of Excellence for Technology Growth
Scottish Enterprise Technology Park provides a dynamic environment for all types of Technology companies, whether start-ups, global leaders or indigenous investors.

Biography
The Scottish Enterprise Technology Park (SETP), located in Scotland’s largest new town, East Kilbride, began life over 50 years ago as the National Engineering Laboratory (NEL), which undertook research and development work for both government and business. In 1994, the 34-hectare facility was acquired by the Scottish Enterprise Network with responsibility for the management and development of the Park lying with Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire. SETP continues to successfully meet and exceed the needs of growing technology companies. This is demonstrated by the 100% growth of the Park itself recently, now home to approx. 100 companies employing in excess of 1,200 highly skilled staff, indicating that, in the 12 years that Scottish Enterprise has maintained it, the technology park has successfully fulfilled its objectives, the underlying principles behind these objectives being to:
  • promote economic and business development
  • provide a flagship project for Lanarkshire in a niche market
  • encourage and assist creation and growth for more technology-based companies
  • encourage expansion of existing growing companies at SETP
  • develop the Park’s reputation as a Centre of Technology excellence
  • maximise opportunities for technology transfer
  • ensure continuity and expansion of linkages with business development initiatives.
Since the Scottish Enterprise Network acquired the Park in 1994, it has seen a number of these principles come to fruition. There have been five new developments of both multi- and single-occupancy buildings and work is underway on the next. The Park has attracted a number of new small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) and Scottish Enterprise continues to support them in their growth, with the facilities the Park offers including flexible lease terms allowing easy migration on the Park. Scottish Enterprise continues to ensure that these principles are at the forefront and that work continues in order to deliver them effectively.

Companies on the Park
The Technology Park has a range of multi-occupancy and stand alone buildings which house approximately 100 companies ranging from SMEs to large international companies working in the following sectors:
  • Advanced Engineering and Electronics
  • Environmental Technology
  • Medical and Pharmaceutical
  • Information Technology and Software Development
  • Biotechnology
  • Business Consultancy with the above sectors.
Some of which include:

National Engineering Laboratory (NEL)
On the site long before Scottish Enterprise, NEL is a major tenant and is today providing services and solutions to clients in a variety of industries including oil and gas and pharmaceutical.

The Scottish Universities Environmental Research Centre
This is a cluster of collaborative high-technology research laboratories attracting international interest including the European Class AMS Facility. Set up in 1963, it is a consortium of Scottish Universities which aim to provide convenient access to a teaching and research facility. The areas of research include geochemistry, radiochemistry and isotope bio geosciences. The Research Centre houses perhaps the most comprehensive suite of dating techniques available in the UK, particularly for processes operating within a few tens of metres of the earth’s surface over the last ten million years.

BRE Scotland
BRE is the leading centre of expertise for construction matters, providing research, consultancy, testing, expert witness and information services to customers worldwide. BRE is developing centres of excellence in built environment topics at leading UK Universities, including the Universities of Edinburgh, Bath and Cardiff, with the latest enlistment being the University of Strathclyde. This initiative gives rise to cross-discipline consultancy opportunities and fosters innovative training programmes at all levels (undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing professional development).

Safeglass (Europe) Ltd
Winner in the innovation category of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise 2005 for the commercial success of its safety product, Safeglass, a safety product which is made of a polymer material that mimics some of the properties of glass but does not cause injury when broken. The company has continued to grow on the Park since 1997.

Atmel Smartcard ICS
Established on the park in 1999, its products are widely used in e-banking, credit cards and mobile phones. Atmel continues to expand its business on-site.

Gael Limited
Business software designers who initially occupied a small incubator unit. The company’s ongoing growth has since meant a move to a bespoke, stand-alone building on the Park.

Clansman Dynamics
A recent major company to the Park, Clansman design and develop robotic mechanical handling equipment, dealing mainly, but not exclusively, in the vehicular industry. Clansman Dynamics Ltd provides supremely robust high-technology solutions for the toughest manufacturing environments around the globe. Clansman Dynamics’ engineers have installed machines on four continents and have an impressive client list, including: Mercedes, Citroen, DaimlerChrysler, Doncasters, Georg Fischer, Fiat, Volvo, Renault and Ferrari.

Ecebs Limited
Ecebs are an advanced technology company specialising in Smartcard Software Development and solutions. They provide products and services throughout the world. Formed in 2000 by a team of experienced smartcard industry professionals, Ecebs have created rapid development technology that can be deployed across an all-encompassing range of smartcard requirements. These include payment, ticketing, contactless systems, I.D., biometrics and healthcare.

Facilities and Services
The Park benefits from a broad range of facilities including a security controlled, high amenity, landscaped environment with flexible accommodation including multi-occupancy units, stand-alone buildings and development sites.

The Technology Park’s conference facilities include a purpose-built, 220 seat, raked auditorium, exhibition suite and meeting rooms with state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, available to both companies located in and outside the Park. To complement these facilities, hospitality packages can also be provided to all conference functions or, alternatively, delivered directly to the tenants’ premises. There is also an on-site café – THE HUB – which is open to all tenants on the Park and can be used as an area for informal meetings.

SETP benefits from a modern Information and Communication Technology infrastructure with the majority of occupiers located on the Park having access to the following services:
  • a central telephony PABX system providing digital, analogue and ISDN services
  • broadband connectivity with the infrastructure designed to provide scalable and flexible connections, including DSL and leased line connectivity.
Technotots, one of the Park’s tenants, is a nursery working in partnership with South Lanarkshire Council to provide care and education for pre-five children. The nursery offers its services for children aged from 6 weeks to 5 years old.

Along with tenants benefiting from the facilities on the Park, they also have easy access to the indoor shopping centre which is one of the biggest in Scotland and includes both a cinema and ice rink. There are also a number of leisure facilities in close proximity, including a fitness gym only 5 minutes walk from the Park.

Site Management Arrangements
The Park is promoted, developed and managed by Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire on behalf of Scottish Enterprise. Operational management is contracted out to Managing Agents, Colliers CRE who have professional staff based on site.

The Community
The Park provides a unique environment that offers high quality support to the companies located on it with on-site management, including expert business development support from Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire.

Premises
The Technology Park has four multi-occupancy office/research buildings which offer fully serviced units ranging from 14 square metres (150 square feet) to 465 square metres (5,000 square feet), offering flexible lease terms. The multi-occupancy buildings owned by Scottish Enterprise, being the James Watt Building, Nasmyth Building and Brunel Building, also benefit from an innovative structured cabling system, with each unit cabled individually to provide networking capabilities on a unit by unit basis as well as having the advantage of multiple units being linked together to provide a larger virtual network.

The fourth private development on the Park since 1999, the Torus Building, a 2,000 square metre multi-occupied sustainable development, was completed late 2006. The building has been given a BREEAM rating of ‘very good’, a great achievement for Speyroc the developer. The building also benefits from a wind turbine which supplies power for the common parts of the building, and provides a great focal point for the Park. The development secured a pre-let to existing tenant of the Park, Ecebs Limited and Hydro Contracting Limited, now occupying over 4,000 square feet. The growth of Ecebs Limited in particular who, began in an office in the James Watt Building, and their growth to occupying 4,000 square feet, along with their decision to stay within the Park, is a great success story.

The most recent development by Neilstra, their second development on the Park, consists of two buildings, Pegasus and Orion Building, extending to 1,972 square metres and 16,150 square metres (respectively) of multi-occupied sustainable offices. These two buildings have been extremely successful with only 177 square metres available in the Orion Building. The development secured lettings from The Wood Group, a new tenant to the Park and from three existing tenants of the Park including The Carbon Trust, Gael Limited and Building Research Establishment (BRE).

Finally, more of a facility than premises, the Energy Technology Centre was launched in 2006. The Centre provides a resource for developing and testing a range of small scale renewable energy systems. A suite of test cells with associated operator control rooms allows the safe operation of devices from as little as a day up to a year.

The Energy Technology Centre aims to showcase new technologies and transform research breakthroughs into marketable products, by offering:
  • cost-effective, flexible-access to specialist resources and infrastructure at a central Scottish location
  • access to specialist test and measurement equipment
  • a safe, independent testing and demonstration environment
  • access to expertise and potential collaborative ventures through a network of advisers, suppliers and potential customers
  • signposting to further support and funding for development projects.
Future Aims
The Park has benefited from a healthy level of demand over recent years which highlighted the need for further developments. With the Park continuing to grow, the Management Team are already looking at the next development and are continually working on increasing the number of companies that are attracted to the Park each year.

The main aim for the future of SETP is to ensure it meets its full potential as an asset for Lanarkshire in Scotland, in relation to the growth and prosperity of the existing companies and to continue to attract new and expanding companies to the Technology Park. All of the services, facilities and assistance available to encourage growth, combined with the Park’s high levels of leading edge research and development, make this one of Scotland’s leading Science and Technology Parks.