Second building on site will provide high quality space for investors
Contractor Morrison Construction has been appointed by economic development agency Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to build a £3m unit which will provide a space for new Life Science research and business growth.
Construction of the 1000m2 facility has now begun and should be complete in late Spring 2015. It joins the new Inverness College UHI on the site which will become home to students in Autumn 2015.
The new unit builds on a strong nucleus for life sciences research and manufacturing already in the area. The site is adjacent to the Centre for Health Science; Raigmore Hospital; Johnson & Johnson's LifeScan Scotland and the inspiring Charles Jencks designed Maggie's Centre, Highland.
HIE’s investment in the new Life Sciences facility will provide flexible accommodation and a stimulus for the Life Sciences Enterprise Area at Inverness Campus. An economic impact assessment carried out for the project calculates around 40 jobs could be created in the building.
The £3.2 million project includes funding of £835,760 through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Donald McLachlan, Regional Director for Morrison Construction’s Highland business, said: “We are pleased to have this opportunity to build on our association with HIE and the Life Sciences sector in the Highlands.
"We are confident that having been entrusted with the delivery of this key project our experienced and dedicated Highland based management team will delivery another quality building that meets the aspirations of all the stakeholders.”
Ruaraidh McNeil, HIE’s Inverness Campus Project Director, said: “The new Life Sciences unit at plot 8 on Inverness Campus will provide a ready-made asset for potential investors who wish to take advantage of its Life Sciences Enterprise Area status. We know that a major factor in attracting new investment a supporting the growth of our existing businesses is the availability of high quality, flexible space. The benefits of the building design combined with the opportunity to co-locate with other innovative companies, academia and enterprise, confirms the positioning of Inverness Campus as a world class option for prospective investors.”
Also at the Inverness Campus site, contractor Pat Munro (Alness) Ltd has just completed a new ‘haul’ road along the east edge of the site which will provide access to plots seven through to 11. This temporary infrastructure will remove construction traffic from the main site when the plots are being developed. Future proposed uses for the haul road include transforming it into a pedestrian and cycle path to complete the Campus perimeter track.
Mark Bramley, Construction Director for Pat Munro, commented: “The Campus site is an important development area for Inverness and the Highlands as a whole, and we are delighted to be engaging with HIE to deliver elements of the new infrastructure.”
Independent research indicates that Inverness Campus could support up to 6,000 jobs over the next 30 years and generate around £38m for the regional economy each year.
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About the new Life Sciences building (Plot 8 Inverness Campus)
The main target occupiers are in the life sciences sector, and the building is designed to be as flexible as possible both in terms of extent of fit-out and areas available to appeal to a wide range of potential tenants and sectors. Accommodation needs can differ widely and will vary between offices, wet laboratories, clean rooms and workshops. The Advance unit is 1000m2 and could also be sub-divided into smaller. The design layout for the site allows for further phases. The future result could be a total of 4000m2 development, either for a single occupier or multiple occupiers.
In line with the current HIE Sustainable Construction Policy, the design team are working towards a BREEAM “excellent” rating for the development.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is an economic and community development agency delivering the Scottish Government’s economic strategy across a region which covers more than half of Scotland.
With around 250 staff, HIE supports hundreds of client businesses and social enterprises; strengthens communities, particularly in fragile areas; develops key sectors, and invests in infrastructure to create a more competitive and low carbon region.
Our priority sectors for growth include Energy, Life Sciences, Food and Drink, Creative Industries, Tourism, Financial and Business Services and Universities.