Inverness and Highlands City Region Deal
The vision behind the Inverness City-Region Deal is to position Inverness and the Highlands as a region of digital opportunity. This vision was turned into reality with the signing on Tuesday 22 March of the heads of terms agreement between the UK and Scottish Governments and the Highland Council. This sets out the broad areas where Government will commit investment of up to £188m which together with £127m of further investment by the Council and public partners will deliver a step change in digital connectivity, digital healthcare, skills, innovation and infrastructure.
The projects that make up the Inverness and Highlands City Region Deal are as follows:
Digital Project (£20m)
Science Skills Academy (£3m)
Northern Innovation Hub (£11m)
Innovative Assisted Living Scheme (£3m)
School of Health, Social Care and Life Sciences (£9m)
Air Access (N/A)
Affordable Housing (£5m)
Land Remediation (£10m)
Inverness Castle Renovation (£15m)
For more information on any of these projects see the City-Region Deal Project Information page on The Highland Council website.
One of the most ambitious projects in Scotland, Inverness Campus is set to become an internationally significant location for business, research and education. A number of businesses are already located at the campus, with key organisations such as the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and NHS Highland supporting its further growth. HIE is currently marketing a number of fully serviced plots and flexible business spaces to organisations looking to be part of this exciting, integrated and collaborative environment. The Scottish Government considers Inverness Campus to be one of Scotland’s key development opportunities. It attracts businesses, professionals and students to the region and by 2020 almost 1300 full time jobs are expected on site.
More information, including an informative brochure, can be found on the Inverness Campus site.
- The Scottish Government has set a target of have dualled road networks between all of Scotland’s Cities by 2030. In order to achieve this the entire length of the A9 between Perth and Inverness must be dualled, one of the biggest infrastructure programmes in Scotland’s history.
- Completion of the project is due by 2025 with the estimate cost at £3 Billion. This clearly represents a major investment in the Highland Region, and will dramatically increase the regions competitiveness.
- This Project will be the final stage in completing the Scottish Governments strategy of completing the dualling network between Scotland’s Cities, and will be completed by 2030. This will dramatically improve travel times and business opportunities between Inverness and Aberdeen.
- The first stage of the work is in the design stage and is the dualling of the A96 section between Inverness and Nairn, including a bypass for Nairn, eliminating the need to travel through Nairn on the A96. The £30 million design contract was awarded in February 2015.
- While not part of the strategy of dualling, the A82 road is undergoing major improvement works. This road is crucial in linking the Central belt to Fort William, and as a gateway to the south western Highlands.
- The road is to be improved at Crianlarich, Pulpit Rock and Tarbet to Inverarnan. These works will help reduce congestion and journey times on this crucial link.
Inverness Airport Business Park
Inverness Airport Business Park (IABP) is a 36 Acre serviced land development located 9 miles from Inverness, Adjacent to the Highlands main Airport. The site is planned for mixed use commercial property development, with plots available for sale and lease.
In addition there are also plans in place for a new hotel, as well as the construction of a rail stop on at the location, on the Inverness – Aberdeen line.
Organisations located at the site will be well placed to take advantage of the increasing services operating at inverness airport, with a new daily flight to Heathrow and an additional daily flight to Amsterdam starting in 2016.