Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is seeking a design team for the next phase of its European Marine Science Park (EMSP) on the west coast of Scotland
The team chosen for the estimated £200,000 contract will draw up plans for a 1,000m² biotechnology building featuring flexible modular incubator spaces on the 1.2ha Dunstaffnage Peninsula campus near Oban.
The project will provide additional accommodation for specialist marine science enterprises on the growing site next to the world-famous Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS). The latest scheme comes four years after ADF Architects completed the science park’s first £7.5 million phase providing 2,847m² of start-up business space.
In its brief, HIE says it ‘purchased land adjacent to SAMS on the Dunstaffnage Peninsula in 2008 as part of their Argyll Marine Science Initiative; the strategy being to drive forward the vision and build on the emerging marine business cluster and world-renowned expertise on the stunning west coast of Scotland.
’The EMSP creates an environment where businesses can thrive through the application of a cluster of scientific expertise to the marine environment. Since purchasing the site in 2008, HIE has completed the initial stage of development comprising Malin House a 2,847m², two-storey office/laboratory facilities with additional plant storey at roof level. Malin House is now approaching 50 per cent occupancy, and with current interest in the remaining areas, HIE are now looking to the next phase of the development to meet future demand.’
SAMS was founded in 1884 and is one of the world’s leading marine science research centres, and home to around 150 staff and 160 students. The unique scientific base has expanded over the past decade to include facilities for start-up businesses specialising in marine science.
The latest project will provide additional flexible space for new specialist companies on an undeveloped coastal site a short distance from SAMS and Malin House. The winning team will be expected to include an architect, civil and structural engineer, IT consultant and landscape architect.
The second phase will deliver include an enlarged car park, new road layouts and a seawater supply to the campus. Proposals will be expected to encourage collaboration and interaction across the campus and maximise sustainability.
The deadline for applications is midday, 24 September.
How to apply
View the contract notice for more information
Highlands and Islands Enterprise
313 An Lòchran
10 Inverness Campus
Tel: +44 1463245245