Work starts on Enterprise and Research Hub, Inverness

27th November 2014

Work has started on the Sheppard Robson-designed Enterprise and Research Hub on the Inverness Campus, Scotland. The new 4,800m2 development will create facilities for the University of Highlands and Islands as well as a headquarters for Highlands and Islands Enterprise (the region’s economic and community development agency). The project will be arranged as two separate wings linked by a double-height communication space to encourage collaboration between research, teaching and business.

James Dick, partner at Sheppard Robson’s Glasgow office, said:

‘We wanted the architectural language to capture the ambition of a project - which brings together business, research and education - by creating a design that was unmistakably contemporary but still feels rooted within the landscape and community.

“We look forward to seeing the project progress onsite with scheduled completion next year.”

Alex Paterson, Chief Executive of HIE, said:

“Collaboration between business academia and economic development is at the heart of the Inverness Campus ethos. This innovative co-location project will strengthen the universities sector, broaden the region’s research base and provide a focus to attract new investment and jobs to all parts of the Highlands and Islands. Development of an innovative Digital Excellence Centre will enable us to raise awareness of the benefits of digital technology and drive the benefits from the £146m project HIE is leading to roll out next generation broadband across the Highlands and Islands.”

Funding contributions for the development have come from the European Regional Development Fund, University of the Highlands and Islands, HIE and the Highland Council.