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Inverness Campus ‘highly commended’ in national awards

Inverness Campus was highly commended in the 2017 Scottish Civic Trust (SCT) My Place Awards.

One of Scotland’s most innovative projects, the campus is a 215-acre site being developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) as a collaboration centre for business, research and academia.

It opened in May 2015 and is already home to a number of public and private sector organisations with a combined total of more than 600 employees on site.

The Civic Trust My Place Awards, supported by the Scottish Government, celebrate good local design and conservation. They identify projects or buildings that have had a positive impact in a local neighbourhood and have delivered community benefits. 

The first phase of Inverness Campus creates an infrastructure and framework on the eastern edge of Inverness for current and future business, research and education growth.  The Campus landscape design was led by HarrisonStevens based on the overall masterplan by 7N architects.

The SCT judges said: “The scheme achieves much in terms of breaking down barriers between academia and local community, as well as creating an attractive new environment which will help attract people to and retain people in Inverness.”

The commendation is the latest in a series of accolades for Inverness Campus.

An t-Eilean, a central feature of the campus designed by Lisa Mackenzie, won the 2015 Landscape Institute for Scotland public vote.

Aurora House, a purpose-built £2 million building designed for life science companies, won the 2016 British Council of Offices award. The stone monoliths at the entrance to Inverness Campus received a Stone Federation Award in 2016.

The campus was also highly commended in the 2016 UK Planning and Placemaking Awards.

Ruaraidh Macneil, Inverness Campus director at HIE, said: “We are very pleased with the recognition the Campus has received, and continues to receive, in national awards. It is particularly heartening when this recognition is the result of local civic trust nomination

“We are developing the campus as an outstanding location that will attract commercial, research and academic organisations, while being a high quality local amenity for the general public to enjoy. The quality of the environment, the design and layout of the project therefore has to be creative and appealing. Given the recognition the Campus has received so far, and the interest we’ve had from organisations looking to locate here, that approach seems to be working well.”

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