Enterprise and Research Hub Inverness

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Enterprise and Research Hub Inverness

University Campus Building in Scotland – design by Sheppard Robson, Architects

26 Nov 2014

Enterprise and Research Hub

Location: Inverness, Highlands, Scotland

Design: Sheppard Robson

Sheppard Robson’s new Enterprise and Research Hub, Inverness, starts on-site

Work has started on the Sheppard Robson-designed Enterprise and Research Hub on the Inverness Campus, Scotland. The new 4,800sqm 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.

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Positioned on the western side of the project is the Highland and Islands Enterprise’s (HIE) new main office which will allow the organisation to consolidate its team – previously spread across two locations in Inverness and Dingwall – into one central location. The three-storey structure is clad in pre-patinated copper which helps embed it within the surrounding landscape whilst the glazed ends to the building will provide spectacular views of the central park and water feature areas of the Inverness Campus.

Running between the two wings is the double-height collaborative space which connects HIE’s workspace with the University by providing flexible working areas and a café for both teams to use. This central space has several connections to the University facilities, which include teaching rooms, research laboratory space, workshops, and offices. These facilities are housed in an aluminum-clad wing, which has a single-storey element near the entrance, which will create a roof terrace.

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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.

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