Work begins on Enercon's new Inverness training centre
A global renewable energy firm was preparing to land in Inverness as work got under way on its new Scottish distribution and UK training centre.
Enercon is expected to employ 20 permanent staff at its new base at Inverness Airport Business Park (IABP) as well as train at least 200 technicians there in the first year.
Ark Estates began construction of the 10,000sq ft unit at the end of June after Highlands and Islands Enterprise provided a grant of €200,000 towards the project.
Julian Martin, managing director of Enercon Services UK Ltd, said: “The IABP site was selected as Enercon's preferred location for its new distribution and training centre after an extensive property market research in the Inverness area.
"ARK Estates will provide a purpose-built facility that will meet Enercon's current and future requirements with convenient UK and international travel through Inverness Airport, national rail and road connections.”
The German wind energy firm is scheduled to move into its new distribution and training hub in early 2020.
William Gray, managing director of ARK Estates, said: “We are delighted to begin construction of Enercon's new Scottish flagship site. As with many of our other pre-let industrial builds, this one will be tailored to meet the client’s needs, providing them with a turn-key solution that we can hand over to them upon completion.
“It’s fantastic to see such a major international company choosing to locate to Inverness Airport Business Park.”
Alistair McMillan, senior development manager at HIE, said: “The development will help to consolidate Inverness Airport Business Park as an important hub for economic activity and growth in the area. Establishing a flagship headquarters for such a high-profile international renewables company at IABP will also help to grow an international business and create high-quality jobs and training opportunities in the energy sector.”