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PORTAL offers a new approach to building to meet the challenges of the Circular Economy

The majority of industrial building stock in Scotland is now over 50 years old, no longer fit for purpose and reaching the end of its shelf life. 


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At the same time Scotland, within a wider UK and global challenge of climate change and the government objectives set-out in policies such as "Making Things Last" - the Scottish Government policy for a "circular economy strategy to build a strong economy, protect our resources and support the environment". 

What is PORTAL?

PORTAL is a new-way of thinking about how we deliver quality industrial space and premises in Scotland. PORTAL is an approach to building. Not a building solution. It is a product based on improving the value of our buildings while also taking positive steps towards meeting the challenges of the Circular Economy. 

The PORTAL product is built around a methodology and toolkit that offers a staged approach to designing industrial buildings. We believe the approach has built in sufficient flexibility to offer value to both Public and Private sector investors. 

Portal has been developed by Scottish Enterprise, Construction Scotland Innovation Centre, Zero Waste Scotland and a number of influential partners.

Who will find PORTAL useful?

Whether you are a client, designer, builder or property management professional, the challenges of providing new flexible commercial and industrial premises fit to meet the needs of industry 4.0 or the increasing challenges of climate change are real - PORTAL is the solution.

Designed to address the challenges set out in the Government’s ‘Vision 2025’ ambition for the construction industry, it is a system based on increasing the value of our buildings, whilst taking positive steps towards meeting the demands of growing resource and energy costs and the need to mitigate climate change.

The PORTAL system is built around a methodology and toolkit that offers a staged approach to designing industrial buildings. We believe the approach has built in sufficient flexibility to offer value to both Public and Private sector investors.

PORTAL is founded on: 

  • Delivering Circular Economy principles 
  • Redefining the concept of value. 
  • Promoting the growth and development of Scottish economy and manufacturing. 

A staged approach

Public and Private sector investors have wide ranging and different objectives and business models. For this reason, the product is based on a simple 3- stage approach, promoted throughout the study, ranging between an “entry level” approach that can deliver immediate value while still embracing some key Circular Economy principles, all the way to a more committed approach that really focuses on long term values and more radical change.

Stage 1 – Lean design / Be Efficient:

Ensure that the current market product is leaner and more efficient. As a minimum this step should reduce waste and the initial capital expenditure.

Stage 2 - Improved / Be Adaptable & Flexible:

The second stage is to trade savings generated in the first stage and re-invest them in the building. This will create a more adaptable building that will offer greater value for the same capital expenditure.

Stage 3 - Upgraded / Be Resilient:

The final stage is to increase the capital investment to create a product with an increased level of infrastructure and capacity. This product will be more flexible and adaptable for the market, and have a built in resilience that will ensure a greater residual value.

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If you would like to discuss how circular economy principles such as the ones outlined in PORTAL can help your construction project, please contact us.  

 

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