A new £2.4million Hub development to support Aberdeen and Scotland’s leading position in developing global energy technology is on schedule for completion by next July, Scottish Enterprise (SE) said yesterday.
The schemet at Aberdeen Energy Park will offer 15,000 sqft of flexible office accommodation plus meeting and networking space.
SE said the Hub was a key feature of the enhanced tenant services programme at the Aberdeen energy and innovation parks which will encourage knowledge transfer and collaboration between tenants and academia.
The project is being delivered by a joint venture between Scottish Enterprise and Buccleuch Property, to accelerate the development of the parks by attracting new investment to the area and support existing companies to grow.
The Hub is the first of a number of key investment projects to be delivered by the partners over the next five years.
The joint venture committed £10million in July 2010 to help transform nearly 155,000 sq ft of multi-let space and 25 acres of development land at the parks, which between them are currently home to around 100 companies, employing 2,000 people in a range of incubator accommodation, larger office space and workshops.
This five-year investment aims to increase the number of jobs at the parks to more than 4,000.
SE director of business infrastructure Allan McQuade said: “The Aberdeen energy and innovation parks have enjoyed an international reputation as centres of technology excellence and innovation since they were first established in 1989.
“Together with our joint venture partner, we aim to preserve this reputation and build on it through providing world-class facilities to encourage more companies to invest here and support existing companies to expand and grow.”
The parks are an integral part of Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Future’s ambitious Energetica project, which aims to create a world-class energy technology development, leisure and housing zone.