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Morrison wins £63m ‘halo’ innovation hub

Morrison Construction has won a contract to deliver a £63m business hub in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire.

The building will contain offices, research suites and virtual and augmented reality facilities, and will feature a ‘halo’ on top, in the form of a round aluminium plant screen on its roof (pictured).

Morrison said that construction on the hub will begin at the end of this month and is due to finish in January 2021, with 700 workers on site throughout.

Located in the centre of the town, the 11 ha site was a plant for Scotch whiskey brand Johnnie Walker until it closed in 2012.

The building forms part of a wider city quarter development by urban regeneration company Halo. The project will also feature the construction of a renewable energy centre, digital manufacturing plant and residential buildings.

The company’s website claims it is intended to be served by autonomous electric vehicles, and that further Halo sites are planned for Wales, Northern Ireland and the north of England.

Morrison Construction managing director Eddie Robertson said that the Enterprise and Innovation Hub “will revitalise the town centre and support the wider Ayrshire economy”.

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