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About Inverness Campus

With its ethos of encouraging collaboration at the root of every development across the Campus, it has quickly become a sought-after location for business

Helping businesses, researchers and academic institutions connect and grow

A world-class location

Inverness Campus is a world-class location for those operating in the life sciences and technology sectors, based in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.

Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and opened in 2015, its growth has been remarkable attracting innovate businesses, academics and researchers to make this their home. 

Scotland has a long history of innovation in healthcare. For example, did you know that penicillin, insulin to treat diabetes and anaesthesia for childbirth were all pioneered here? Scots were also responsible for some of the world’s greatest engineering and technological feats including the television, the steam engine, the telephone and the cash machine.

And the innovation continues here at Inverness Campus today, read on to find out more. 

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Sharing knowledge and expertise

The Campus ethos echoes our great history by bringing together world-leading businesses, academics and researchers, all working together in a collaborative environment. It’s the ideal location for those passionate about advances in healthcare, animal health, active health and medical diagnostics.   

The Campus also provides a home for key research and education departments of the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI). It's also a base for other academic organisations such as Scotland's Rural College. 

 

Key Facts

There's a lot going on in and around Inverness Campus. As well as being the ideal place for innovative businesses and researchers to collaborate, we're also located alongside all of this:

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Who’s Already Here?

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Take a trip around our interactive map to find out more about who's already based at the Campus, and what development opportunities are currently available.

We've also included information on the projects just getting underway including a new innovation life sciences centre and our new modular village of 14 high-quality small buildings that can be developed quickly and fabricated off-site.

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INVERNESS COLLEGE UHI

Inverness College UHI  - this striking new building opened in August 2015 with very positive feedback from students, staff and visitors. It is a place to work and study for over 500 staff and 6500 students.

The largest partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands, this unique institution offers both further and higher education, a growing research capacity and progression routes which mean a person start doing their Highers but leave with a PhD.

The impressive facility allows for expansion of research and business development, making it a catalyst for economic development.

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DEVELOPMENT PLOT - POTENTIAL FOR COMMUNITY FACILITIES

This pivotal site is earmarked for a development that will be open to the general public, as well as those located on the Campus. Potentially, the development will focus on Gaelic culture, education and social activity.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PLOT 3 - ENTERPRISE AREA STATUS

Plots 3,4 and 5 are earmarked as the location for the new Elective Care Centre which is being developed by NHS Highland. This innovative development will focus on ophthalmology and orthopaedics specialisms. The Elective Care Centre will work closely with the Life Science Innovation Centre proposed for plot 15 at the Campus and granted planning permission in December 2020. This building will be a base for the University of the Highlands and Islands' school of health, as well as incubator units for businesses based in the life science sector.  

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PLOT 4 - ENTERPRISE AREA STATUS

Plots 3,4 and 5 are earmarked as the location for the new Elective Care Centre which is being developed by NHS Highland. This innovative development will focus on ophthalmology and orthopaedics specialisms. The Elective Care Centre will work closely with the Life Science Innovation Centre proposed for plot 15 at the Campus and granted planning permission in December 2020. This building will be a base for the University of the Highlands and Islands' school of health, as well as incubator units for businesses based in the life science sector.  

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PLOT 5 - ENTERPRISE AREA STATUS

Plots 3,4 and 5 are earmarked as the location for the new Elective Care Centre which is being developed by NHS Highland. This innovative development will focus on ophthalmology and orthopaedics specialisms. The Elective Care Centre will work closely with the Life Science Innovation Centre proposed for plot 15 at the Campus and granted planning permission in December 2020. This building will be a base for the University of the Highlands and Islands' school of health, as well as incubator units for businesses based in the life science sector.  

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PLOT 6 - development opportunity

Plot 6 is available for development. Located at the north end of the Campus, this plot benefits from excellent access by bridge to Raigmore Hospital, the Centre for Health Science, LifeScan Scotland, and the city beyond. A second bridge leading eastwards and providing access to the Inverness Retail and Business park opened in 2019.

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UHI student residence

Plot 7 is home to University of the Highlands and Islands' student accommodation. Operated by accommodation specialist Cityheart Living the flexible accommodation includes single and shared occupancy. 

Phase 1 consisted of 150 units and includes 112 single bedrooms, 30 studios and eight easy access units. The second phase, completed in 2017, added a further 150 units.

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LIFE SCIENCES BUILDINGS

Aurora House

Developed by Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Aurora House offers a purpose built facility specifically for businesses operating in the life sciences sector. The building is well on the way to be fully occupied with plans in place for one tenant to take over the full ground floor.

Solasta House

Further ERDF funding has also supported construction of a second building, Solasta House, which is double the size of Aurora. It opened in March 2019 and is currently home to  9 companies all of whom are in the life sciences and technology sectors. 

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Business development plot 9 - Enterprise Area Status

Plot 9 is designated with life sciences Enterprise Area status. Enterprise Area status means that potential occupiers can benefit from rates relief up to £275k over a 5 year period, streamlined planning, exporting and business support from Scottish Development International and employer training through Skills Development Scotland

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An Lòchran - a catalyst for change

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the developer of the Campus, is co-located with key research and education departments from the University of the Highlands and Islands (UHI) and research and veterinary divisions from Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC).

An Lòchran includes a digital demonstration suite, teaching, research and laboratory facilities and  the UHI's STEM Hub, which encourages young people to become more involved in science and technology based subjects in support of our regions future workforce development.

UHI received European funding to assist the development of their wing of An Lòchran.

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Hotel

Plots 11 & 12 are reserved for the development of a hotel. 

The hotel will serve visitors to the Campus, Inverness and the wider area. Aspirations for the hotel include a training remit.

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Hotel

Plots 11 & 12 are reserved for the development of a hotel. 

The hotel will serve visitors to the Campus, Inverness and the wider area. Aspirations for the hotel include a training remit.

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SPORTS FACILITIES

Planning is underway for sports to be located within the Campus. Links to healthcare professions are currently being developed with academic themes in fitness, wellbeing and improving health through sport. 

The perimeter paths and cycle routes are also designed to endorse these themes.

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SCOTTISH VET REFERRALS

Scottish Vet Referrals, has developed its main premises, 20:20 House, at plot 14 on the Campus. It is the north of Scotland’s first purpose-built veterinary referral practice.

Headed by Inverness-based veterinary ophthalmologists Kirsten MacLeod and Tony Wall, this is a second opinion practice working in partnership with established primary veterinary care practices.

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BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT PLOT 15

Plot 15 is the proposed site for the Life Science Innovation Centre which received planning permission in December 2020. This is a joint development between Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the University of the Highlands and Islands. The centre will work in close partnership with the NHS Elective Care Centre at the Campus and will provide accommodation for members of the university school of health, as well as incubation space for companies in the life sciences and technology sectors. 

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Campus reception

Campus reception and site security with 100 space car park for visitors. 

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Business development plot 17

Plot 17 is available for a business or organisation looking to be a part of the overall Campus ethos of collaboration, research and development. 

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CENTRE FOR HEALTH SCIENCE

The Centre for Health Science is one of the first locations in the UK to bring together the public, private and academic sectors to be a focus for excellence in health science and biotechnology. The centre brings together research, education, training, patient care and business development all under one roof.

In July 2019 the Centre's developer, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, sold the building to the University of the Highlands and Islands to help fulfil its growing aspirations in the health, social care and life sciences areas.

The university conducts world-leading research in the building, including research in diabetes and cardiovascular science, proteomics, lipidomics and genetics and immunology, as well as working to advance knowledge of health and health services in rural areas.

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LifeScan Scotland

LifeScan is an international company specialising in blood glucose monitoring for the global diabetes market. 

The company employ around 1,000 staff at their Inverness facility, making it the largest private sector employer in the region.

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The Highland Children's Unit

The Highland Children's Unit opened in May 2016, bringing children’s medical and surgical wards, high dependency unit and out-patients services together into a child friendly environment with its own entrance within Raigmore Hospital and its own identity.

The Archie Highland campaign was launched three years ago, the original plan being to raise £1million to refurbish the existing children’s ward at Raigmore Hospital. The fundraising target was increased to £2million and, thanks to the generosity of the people and businesses of the Highlands, that goal was achieved. This enabled an entire unit to be built specifically dedicated to children's health care in the Highlands and Islands. 

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Raigmore Hospital

Raigmore Hospital is the only acute district hospital serving the population of the Highlands and Islands. It currently has a 450 bed capacity and employs approximately 2800 staff.

Medical and diagnostics deliver a wide range of specialities, including: care of the elderly, diabetes, gastroenterology, infectious disease, respiratory care, renal, stroke and young adult rehabilitation, neurology, rheumatology, dermatology and cardiology. It also provides cancer services, radiology with a medical high dependency unit and a coronary care unit supported by laboratory services. 

In addition, a broad spectrum of surgical specialities include: upper GI, colorectal and vascular, orthopaedics, ENT, urology, ophthalmology, orthodontics, and oral and maxillofacial surgery. The division also manages obstetrics, gynaecology and anaesthetics.

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Maggie's Highlands

Maggie’s Highlands provides free practical, emotional and social support to people with cancer, as well as their family and friends. It follows the ideas about cancer care originally laid out by Maggie Keswick Jencks.

The building and its surrounding garden were designed simultaneously as a collaboration between David Page, and co-founder Charles Jencks. Their inspiration was the mitosis or division of cells, and the evocation of life that they represent.

As Charles Jencks explains, “the cell is the unit of life: dynamic, really exciting, a factory of life itself.”

Space and form flow through the spiral of both building and garden, the synergy between the two breaking down barriers and creating an embrace of warmth and safety.

A place to collaborate

The Campus has a thriving community where business, research, academia and health come together to work collaboratively, share knowledge and inspire each other.

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Why choose Inverness Campus?

From our purpose-built facilities to our well-connected location, there are many reasons that Inverness Campus is the ideal place to grow your business. Discover the many benefits being part of the Campus will bring.

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Skills on your doorstep

With academic institutions such as University of the Highlands and Islands and SRUC on the Campus, as well as researchers and businesses, you’ll have access to a skilled and loyal workforce to help you grow your business.

 

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A well connected, collaborative business base

Inverness boasts good road, rail and air connections to support local, national and international trade. That’s just one of many reasons it’s a great Scottish base for your business.

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Access to business support​

You’ll be sharing a home with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), the Scottish Government's development agency in this region. HIE can offer your organisation support in the form of advice, events, training and funding.

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