Ecosystems Technologies is an innovative PropTech company dedicated to digital
transformation in the construction industry, applied innovation in timber technology and
the democratisation of sustainable, healthy building solutions.
Client Transport Scotland
Contract Design & Manufacture
Date range Sept 2021 onward (ongoing)
Value £375k for initial project - thereafter anticipated significant
opportunity for wider roll out
Location Various, Scotland
Other Stakeholders BE-ST; SFT; South Lanarkshire Council, Scotland wide
The NearHome project was funded by Transport Scotland under the Work Local
Challenge Programme established to tackle issues that have arisen as a result of the
Specifically the project was established to support the creation of local work hubs to
respond to changes in work and travel patterns.
Ecosystems Technologies were appointed as principal designer for the Nearhome
consortium consisting of BE-ST, Transport Scotland, South Lanarkshire Council, Scottish
Futures Trust and a range of specialist consultants.
The Nearhome prototype was demonstrated at COP26.
The post-COVID-19 era has presented us with the challenge of re-imagining the
workspace and has accelerated a change in the relationship between employer and
employee that will require a more flexible approach to the concept of “place of work”.
In this context, Transport Scotland and the Government are investing in the identification
of solutions for creating localised and accessible workplace hubs.
Their strategic objectives are to:
Reduce the carbon footprint of commuter transport by creating opportunities for
‘NearHome’ working solutions
Repurpose vacant spaces in retail environments and on High Streets/Town
Meet the Government’s sustainability and circular economy targets.
The Nearhome prototype culminated in the development of a flexible kit of parts capable
of being deployed in retrofit or new build scenarios either as volumetric units or
panelised sec¬tions capable of being lifted through a standard personnel door.
Ecosystems was also responsible for the development of a digital configurator tool to
accompany the build system which we have continued to develop.
Ecosystems has completed multiple full scale prototype’s of the NearHome kit of parts
and the system is currently being deployed as a new build solution for Scottish Power.
The wellbeing impact and comfort features of the Nearhome space highlight its quality.
As well as some of the more typical opportunities deriving from space planning and
furniture design, the study was supported by a number of specialist designers, whose
focus has been on coordinating the detail of:
Sound and thermal comfort
DDA and accessibility requirements
The Nearhome prototype was designed to be installed in any existing space or structure.
The re-purposing and refurbishment of existing spaces presents a
number of design challenges, which Nearhome seeks to address:
Access to natural light
Limited impact and visibility opportunities
Physical constraints of existing environment
Coordination with existing services and utilities