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Find the ideal home for your business

From premises that have been fitted out to a high standard, to buildings that you can develop according to your own needs, or land where you can build your own - we have a number of options for businesses looking to locate at Inverness Campus.

Artists impression of the new Innovation centre at Inverness Campus

Upcoming Developments

Planned new developments across Inverness Campus will bring new options for locating here.

Modular Village

At the south end of the site a planning application for a ‘modular village’  is currently with local authority for consideration. This development will allow small and medium sized businesses to develop their own accommodation – office and workshop,  with an emphasis on modular buildings manufactured off-site.

Read more in our press release 

The Life Science Innovation Centre

The centre is being developed jointly by Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the University of the Highlands and Islands will offer rental opportunities both laboratory and office space for Life Sciences companies. We expect this accommodation to be available in 2022.

Read more in our press release

 

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Land for Development

Plots 6, 14b and 17, all part of the first phase of the Campus, are currently available for sale. They're ideally suited to small and medium sized enterprises. Businesses based here will benefit from the strong collaborative ethos of the campus, and from the opportunities for research and development. You can also receive specialist, tailored support from HIE to help you make the move. 

Interested? Our Campus design guidelines can be found below.

Design Guidelines for Phase one of Inverness Campus

Design guidelines for plots 1-17

Outside of Aurora house building on Inverness Campus

Aurora House

The award winning Aurora House, is a stunning building in which to grow your life sciences business at the Campus. It offers flexible accommodation rental options.

British Council of Offices Award Winning building extending to 1000 m² on two floors.

Built to very high specifications, the facility offers versatility to its occupiers. Its location on Plot eight at the Campus allows for future expansion. The plot is one of six with Life Sciences Enterprise Area status.

The building is currently at capacity but register your interest with us and we'll get in touch when space becomes available. 

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Board Room Solasta House Inverness Campus

Solasta House

Built to complement its neighbour, Aurora House, Solasta House provides 2,300m² of space over two floors.

Largely built as shell and core, Solasta offers office and laboratory space fitted out to clients requirements.

Enterprise Area incentives apply to those making Solasta a home for their business.

The building was officially opened in May 2019 and is already home to 12 technology and life sciences companies and is currently full to capacity. Register your interest with us and we'll get in touch when space becomes available.

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NEXUS

Owned and operated by HIE, NEXUS is a co-working space based on the Campus. NEXUS offers life sciences and technology companies excellent networking opportunities, the chance to work alongside like-minded businesses, gain access to research and academic partners, be in close proximity to NHS research and in walking distance to the Centre for Health Science. It is a support programme delivered through the Northern Innovation Hub, designed to build on and accelerate business innovation.

Find out more and tune into NEXUS webinars

 

Our premises

We know that businesses, both large and small, have different needs and priorities when looking for a location. That’s why our approach at the Campus is flexible. We have land for sale as well as office and laboratory space lease options. If we cannot accommodate your business just now, contact us to register your interest in future developments.

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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 building opened in August 2015 with very positive feedback from students, staff and visitors. It's a place to work and study for over 500 staff and 6500 students.

The largest partner in the University of the Highlands and Islands network, this unique institution offers both further and higher education, a growing research capacity and progression routes which mean a student can start studying entry level high school grades 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. The development will potentially 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. 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. For further information contact studentaccommodation@uhi.ac.uk 

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LIFE SCIENCES BUILDING - 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 7 commercial companies. Further ERDF funding has also supported construction of a second building, Solasta House, which is double the size of Aurora, and opened in March 2019.

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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.

Business support and incentives

Organisations choosing to locate here can enjoy benefits, such as business rates relief and access to support from HIE.

Support for Businesses
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