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Make builds on recent success by landing huge Scottish business park

Make has continued its recent run of success by landing the commission to design the largest business park in the north of Scotland.

The practice's appointment to mastermind a new 250ha Inverness Airport Business Park (IABP) follows hot on the heels of news that the firm had been brought in to rescue a former Richard Rogers scheme in north London ( Make picks up where Rogers left off in Haringey ).

The announcement also comes just two weeks after the firm's high-profile Sherwood Forest competition victory ( Make branches out with Sherwood Forest competition win ).

Ken Shuttleworth's practice, which saw off nearly 40 other architectural practices to win the Scottish project, will now draw up plans for a mixed office, light-industrial, freight and science park on a huge plot next to Inverness Airport, the largest airport in the Highlands.

The first phase of the development will create 16,500m2 of commercial space, as well as a new airport hotel, and is expected to deliver around 260,000m2 of accommodation over the next 30 years.

Seen as a 'strategically important' location, the site falls within wider development plans for the A96 corridor and Inner Moray Firth, including trunk road upgrades and major new community developments.

Ewan Anderson, at Make's Edinburgh studio, said: 'IABP is an amazing opportunity to create a world-class business location in one of Scotland's most attractive and vibrant regions.

'We will be taking a holistic approach which seeks to integrate the IABP with the surrounding landscape, the airport, and the new town of Tornagrain to create a sustainable new community.'

by Richard Waite

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