Fife Renewables Innovation Centre

Fife Renewables

Property Services provided Architectural & Quantity Surveying services to the client:

  • developing the brief
  • preparing feasibility options
  • obtaining Planning Permission
  • developing the detail scheme design to RIBA Stage D
  • tendering the works externally through Public Contracts Scotland
  • checking the Design and Build proposals
  • managing client changes
  • administering the Contract through to completion on site.

The centre provides high quality work & innovation space with support facilities for start-up, spin-out companies and small/medium enterprises. It extends over approx 2,000sqm on two floors and incorporates a reception, café area, lettable rooms of varying sizes, meeting rooms, break out space, car parking and landscaping. The project is part funded by a grant from the European Regional Development Fund.

The building uses low carbon technologies in its construction and operation. Power is supplied direct from the Hydrogen Office and its 750kW wind turbine immediately adjacent to the building. A ground source heat pump with 15 boreholes is provided, supplying an under-floor heating system. Natural ventilation and high levels of thermal insulation minimise running costs. The scheme is due to be awarded a BREEAM Excellent rating, and has a Carbon Neutral Energy Performance Certificate. Demonstrating innovative low-carbon technology, a hydrogen boiler was installed to provide an alternative heating supply using the Hydrogen Office’s fuel cell when the turbine is not operating.


Location: Methil

Value: £2.7 million

Start Date: August 2011

End Date: June 2012

Main Contractor: Kerr Scotland