A new £2.2m facility for life sciences companies on Inverness Campus is now ready to welcome its first tenants.
Commissioned by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) the striking new building offers unparalleled opportunities for life science companies to be part of the wider collaborative centre for research and commercialisation on the 215 acre Inverness Campus site.
Ruaraidh MacNeil, HIE’s Project Director for Inverness Campus, says the opening of the life sciences facility is a significant milestone in the development of the site. “Providing a modern purpose-built facility for life sciences companies marks the start of the expansion of the business side of the Campus. We can offer life science companies state-of-the-art facilities in a beautiful environment where they can grow their businesses by sharing knowledge and expertise with other like-minded companies.”
Eligible for Life Sciences Enterprise Area incentives, the unit space is extremely flexible and can be fitted out to meet individual business requirements. Inverness architect, Threesixty Architecture, designed the 1,000m2 unit to allow use in its entirety by a single occupier or sub-division into up to six individual units.
The building, constructed by Highland-based Morrison Construction Ltd, has been designed so it can be fitted out to clients’ exact specification, with the provision of laboratories, office accommodation and meeting areas available as required. There is also additional space for expansion on the plot surrounding the new life sciences building, one of six on Inverness Campus with Life Sciences Enterprise Area status.
Environmental impact is a priority for HIE at Inverness Campus and the life sciences building has achieved a BREEAM excellent rating for sustainable design which includes air-source heat pumps.
Inverness Campus is designed to bring business, health research and educational organisations together to promote collaborative knowledge transfer and build on the progress the Highlands and Islands has already made in creating skilled jobs in these sectors. The Campus is expected to be one of the main drivers in the region’s economy with independent research estimating that over the next five years it has the potential to support up to 1,300 jobs on site and a further 940 jobs across the Highlands and Islands.
About Inverness Campus
Inverness Campus is one of Scotland’s most ambitious economic development projects bringing together business, research and education on one site where stunning scenery is matched by excellent access via road, rail and air, and with superfast broadband available. The co-location of academic institutions within Inverness Campus – the University of Highlands and Islands (UHI), Inverness College UHI, and Scotland’s Rural College - will lead to valuable collaborations and knowledge transfer. A number of other public, private and third sector proposals for the site are in the pipeline which will help create high quality jobs and increase the economic impact to the benefit of both Inverness and the wider area.
With overall investment in Inverness Campus now approaching £100m, the state-of-the-art facility is being developed by Highland and Islands Enterprise which has invested around £25 million in the 215 acres of prime development land at Beechwood, Inverness. Independent research estimates the Campus has the potential to support up to 1,300 jobs at the Campus over the next five years with a further 940 jobs across the wider region.