Global wind energy firm latest to set up a base at Inverness Airport Business Park
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Leading renewable energy firm ENERCON has moved into a purpose-built, 10,000 square foot unit at Inverness Airport Business Park (IAPB) ahead of schedule.
It becomes the fourth occupier at IABP and the site will be used as a Scottish distribution and training centre – the move was overseen by leading property investment and development company ARK Estates.
The unit, which was built with the support of a £173,000 grant from Highlands & Islands Enterprise (HIE), and comprises of a warehouse and office space split over two floors.
The German renewables energy giant will employ 20 permanent staff at the Inverness centre with further recruitment and expansion expected – the site will also become the firm’s main UK training centre with more than 200 technicians expected to receive training there in the first year alone.
Julian Martin, ENERCON UK's MD, said: "With the completion of ENERCON’s new main parts distribution and training centre, we are delighted to reaffirm our commitment to Inverness as the central hub for the operation and maintenance of our wind turbine fleet and technician training in Great Britain."
He added: "ARK Estates and IBI Joiners have delivered a purpose built facility ahead of time, that will meet ENERCON’s current and future requirements, with convenient UK and International travel through Inverness Airport, national rail and road connections."
William Gray of ARK Estates said: “We are delighted to hand over ENERCON’s new Scottish flagship site over a month ahead of schedule."
Brian Innes, of principal contractor IBI Joiners Ltd, said: "It has been a pleasure to work with ARK and Inverness Airport Business Park on such an exciting development.
"We feel proud to have delivered our largest task to date alongside our local supply chain working closely with ENERCON to deliver what is to be their Scottish flagship site."
James Campbell, the chairman of IABP, said: "I’d like to thank everyone involved for making the development happen. The groundworks only started in May 2019 so it is amazing to see a bespoke facility of this scale and quality being built in such a short space of time."
Inglis Lyon, HIAL Managing Director, said: "IABP continues to go from strength to strength and ENERCON Services UK will be a welcome addition to the companies and organisations who are already benefiting from the proximity of IABP to the airport."
James Gibbs, the HIE area manager, said: “We are delighted that an important business in the renewable energy supply chain has chosen to locate at Inverness Airport Business Park."