Airport business park moving forward
The BBC reports on how development of the business part at Inverness Airport is continuing to move forward, with construction hoped to start later this year, with the first businesses moving in next:
A development company has said it would expect to spend £30m in creating the first phase of a new business park at the main airport in the Highlands.
Warwickshire-based Roxhill has signed a seven-year agreement with Inverness Airport Business Park (IABP) to develop more than 400,000 sq ft (37,161 sq m).
IABP said the deal was one of the most significant for the Highlands in years and could lead to more than 1,200 jobs.
Work on the first phase could start by the end of this year.
Roxhill has sought occupiers, such as freight handling, logistics and warehousing companies, for the first phase of the development.
Executive chairman David Kerr said: “Inverness is a fast growing city, yet it has a real shortage of industrial space.
He added: “I would certainly hope to see infrastructure work under way before the end of this year, with businesses open on site in 2012.”
The only disappointment is that talk is focused on large industrial units, though office space is also planned for which interests myself more.
Even still, work can’t begin soon enough – the construction industry in the Highlands seems already in a state of collapse, and with a range of job losses planned both at the nearby RAF bases and within the Highland Council, the potential job creation by the airport development will be much needed.
Even better, expanded operations by large companies offers potential knock-on benefits for small suppliers, of which I’m sure there are many in the area, covering anything from materials to IT.
Recently the Gurn highlighted some objections to the South Nairn development, which included the open question of where new residents would be able to find employment.
Well, the South Nairn development included retail spaces in one phase, plus Sainsburys will also come with a couple of retail outlets, and then of course we have the new airport business park development (industrial, office, and new rail link) which lies closer to Nairn than Inverness.
Despite the state of disrepair within parts of the UK economy, it has to be good news that the process of job creation is still slowly but surely continuing around the town. No doubt for some this cannot come fast enough.