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Inverness Campus team announces parkland plans

05 September 2012

Exciting proposals have been unveiled for Landscaped Parkland which local people and visitors will be able to enjoy on the 215 acre site at Beechwood to the east of Inverness.  As well as impressive landscaping, accessible to all ages and abilities, community facilities at the Campus will also include opportunities to take part in a range of indoor and outdoor sports.

Foundations for lochans, which will provide sustainable drainage for the Campus, are currently in construction.  On one of these lochans, plans are in place to create a specially constructed island, which will be accessed by a wooden walkway. 

The island is designed by local landscape architect, Lisa Mackenzie, originally from Dingwall, now a Lecturer at the University of Edinburgh in the School of Architecture and  Member of Design Review, Architecture and Design Scotland. The Venue will be used for a variety of purposes including, meetings, performances, Public Art displays and other outdoor events.  As the Campus will be open to all, the team at HIE plan to consult the community on what they would like to see.   Send your ideas to inverness.campus@hient.co.uk 

Ruaraidh MacNeil, Inverness Campus Project Director at HIE, said: "The vision for Inverness Campus is to create an attractive environment which will appeal to high calibre students and business people and benefit the whole community.

"Phase one of the Campus includes a central park area featuring lochans and in one of these, there will be an island landscape feature.

"We expect this to be one of the memorable features of Inverness Campus, and at this stage we imagine it would be used for a variety of creative events for people of Inverness and visitors to the area to enjoy.

He continued:  "We're serious about attracting people, businesses and jobs to Inverness and it's critical that we capitalise on the Highlands' environmental reputation and create a Campus which will be appreciated by the entire community."

"It's also vital that this is a location which will stand apart from other international business, education and research sites because of its fantastic facilities, stunning location and unique landscape environment."

Media enquiries: Please contact Marion Jones at Weber Shandwick on 01463 716739 or 07770 886931 marion.jones@webershandwick.com


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