Wednesday, 31 August 2011
Plans for a new high-tech business park in Aberdeen would prompt recruitment for as many as 2,000 highly-skilled jobs, its developers have said.
The new park would be situated next to Aberdeen Airport and known as ABZ. Some £100 million would be invested in the 54-acre site, with the aim of attracting blue chip and major technology companies to the area.
George Stevenson, the founding chief of Ribnort, the company behind the plans, said that they are optimistic that they will have units ready for occupation by next summer.
"Attracting new and retaining existing business in the north east is vital to the economy, " he said. "The site, which comprises the land between Dyce Drive, Aberdeen Airport and Wellheads Drive, is in an absolutely ideal position in terms of its location adjacent to the A96 and the future Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route."
There are also plans to build a four-star hotel at the site, to enhance the region’s reputation with tourists.
The land is earmarked for business park development in Aberdeen City Council's local development plan, and detailed planning permission is currently being considered by the authorities.
Aberdeen Council enterprise convener, Kate Dean, said this was a prime example of the authorities working with private business to make the most of strategic locations.