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Highland Councillors approve plans for Campus bridge

17 January 2012

Highland Councillors approved plans for a pedestrian and cycle bridge linking Inverness Campus with the city centre today (Tuesday 17 January 2012).

This is the final planning decision for HIE's phase 1 infrastructure works. Work can now start on site to build the multi-stakeholder Inverness Campus, which HIE is developing as a major economic driver for the region.

This is the final planning decision for HIE's phase 1 infrastructure works. Work can now start on site to build the multi-stakeholder Inverness Campus, which HIE is developing as a major economic driver for the region.

The bridge across the A9 will link the Campus with the Raigmore Estate, giving easy access on foot and bike to the city centre.

Ruaraidh MacNeil, Project Director at Inverness Campus, said: "We are delighted with Highland Council's approval of our plan to build a pedestrian and cycle bridge over the A9, which means work can now start to build the infrastructure for Inverness Campus.

"For HIE, connecting Inverness Campus to the wider city is very important to the success of the project. We have worked closely with the Raigmore community in developing the design of the bridge, which will give residents easy access to the full range of Inverness Campus services, which will include landscaped parkland, sports and community facilities as well of course as educational facilities.

"HIE is investing £25 million in developing phase 1, which will bring together a number of partners including Inverness College UHI, the Centre for Health Science, the Calman Trust, Albyn Housing Society and the Scottish Agricultural College. Inverness Campus will bring a wealth of benefits to the Highlands and Islands, attracting businesses and investment, providing further and higher educational opportunities and creating jobs for young people and acting as a magnet for talent.

"We expect HIE's construction partner Morgan Sindall to start work immediately and will be in touch with the wider community soon about plans for construction works and employment opportunities on the site."

It is estimated Inverness Campus could attract investment of over £100 million, generating £38 million for the Highlands and Islands economy.

 


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