New logistics link in Inverness
By: Chris Taylor
12 April 2011
A £30m deal to develop business space at Inverness Airport will provide an attractive logistics link, purchasers say.
Roxhill Developments of Warwickshire have signed a seven-year deal with airport bosses that will see offices, warehouses, a hotel and industrial buildings being built on the 400,000sq ft site.
The deal will also provide construction jobs by the thousands according to David Keir, executive chairman of Roxhill.
Mr Keir told The Scotsman that the business park land was a "significant investment" for his company, and they believe it will prove attractive to logistic consultancy groups and freight companies.
"Inverness is a fast growing city, yet it has a real shortage of industrial space. We look forward to making early announcements," he said, predicting that infrastructure work could begin before the end of the year.
The Inverness Airport Business Park (IABP) is a joint venture between Highlands and Islands Airports, Moray Estates and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).
Martin Johnson, area manager at HIE, echoed the optimism of business leaders about the potential of growth and future investment at the site.
He told the Press and Journal: "Inverness Airport Business Park is going to be a key strategic site for years to come in terms of developing the economy of the surrounding area."
"HIE expects that this will lead to business growth opportunities for local businesses as well as providing land and premises for new inward investment in the future," he added.
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