With the infrastructure completion date only five months away, over 70 construction workers at Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s Inverness Campus are busy constructing walls, building roads and developing the landscape.
Already almost two miles of roads are in construction and two and a half miles of foot and cycle paths are starting to take shape. With 10 hectares of open parkland spaces and 1,500 square metres of timber decking, the Campus once open will provide a valuable asset for Inverness and the surrounding area.
Project director, Ruaraidh MacNeil, said: “Now is a very exciting time for the Campus. Anyone who has passed the site recently will really begin to understand how it will look when complete.
“Contractors are hard at work planting 600 semi-mature trees and over 20,000 saplings are being planted which have been protected throughout the development.
“What’s also amazing to see is the ongoing work to build over half a mile of dry stone dyking which will border the Campus development plots and give the Campus its distinct Highland character.”
Work is also ongoing on the supports for the new bridge over the A9. The crossing will provide a key link for cyclists and pedestrians to Inverness’s life science cluster and the city beyond. The new bridge will be assembled on the Campus site and moved into position across eight lanes of trunk road at the end of March 2013.
Inverness Campus will open with fully-serviced development plots available for businesses and research organisations looking to benefit from co-location with academic institutions. Scottish Government designation of the Campus as an Enterprise Area for Life Science offers the opportunity for specific incentives, such as rates relief and a streamlined planning process, for those in this key sector. The largest occupier on the site, Inverness College UHI, will open for business in August 2015.
All the exciting developments on site can be followed on the Campus website www.invernesscampus.co.uk. The website provides the latest news on the overall project, the opportunity to watch daily work on site via a live webcam as well as regular video updates.
Watch our video update and hear from Ruaraidh MacNeil, Inverness Campus Director, on the progress made to date and benefits that the Campus will bring to the community.
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