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HIE Comment in response to Rok Announcement

08 November 2010

Highlands and Islands Enterprise has been in contact with Rok's administrators, Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC). We are seeking an early meeting with PwC to discuss both the future of the business as a whole and how we progress specific HIE projects currently being delivered by Rok.

Our priority is to ensure that projects in HIE's Operating Plan, including Arnish, Raasay House and Machrihanish will be completed despite this setback.

The HIE Property Framework Contract which Rok was awarded earlier this year was set up to provide a single contractor which would undertake the majority of HIE's construction needs over the next four years.

Two projects have been awarded so far, though neither has yet begun. These are phase one of the European Marine Science Park at Dunstaffnage, near Oban (valued at £7.5m) and recladding industrial buildings at Arnish Point, Stornoway (£3m).

In addition, two further projects awarded to Rok under a previous HIE contract are currently under way: the rebuilding of Raasay House (£8m) and site works at the renewable energy manufacturing plant in Machrihanish (£4.9m).
 


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