Scottish First Minister introduced to EXSKALLERATE exosuit

11 November 2022 - Published by Amy McCready
In October 2022, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon visited the Built Environment - Smarter Transformation (BE-ST) innovation campus, along with Minister for Zero Carbon Buildings, Patrick Harvie.

BE-ST CEO Stephen Good led a tour of the facility, showcasing some of Scotland's most exciting developments and prototypes that will help transform the built environment and construction sectors, including exoskeletons and the work undertaken as part of the Interreg funded project EXSKALLERATE.

Mathew Patton, associate impact manager - digital at BE-ST, met with the Scottish First Minister wearing one of the exosuits used in the project’s UK pilot sites. 

The overview also included BE-ST’s Low Carbon Learning training tools, which are helping to retrain and upskill sector professionals with green skills; a state-of-the-art insulation line, which is used for trialling and testing new natural materials; SNRG Transforming Timber and NearHome prototypes, showcasing how UK homegrown engineered timber could be used at scale; and an industrial scale robotic arm.




Later in the month the innovation factory opened its doors to the public during BE-ST Fest, a programme of events showcasing best practice, new solutions, hands-on training, emerging opportunities and much more. The headline summit welcomed over 400 people, with members of the public learning about the future of exoskeletons during the tours.

The visit came as the UK pilot sites, led together by BE-ST, University of Strathclyde and National Manufacturing Institute Scotland, kicked off with Kenoteq as the first live onsite trial.



Photos courtesy of Scot Gov.