Am Bratach No. 330
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Spaceport design contract awarded
Highlands and Islands Enterprise has appointed architectural firm NORR
Consultants to lead the production of designs for a proposed satellite
launch facility at the Moine, between Durness and Tongue.
Sub-contractors Arup Engineering and ERZ landscape architects will work with
NORR to produce designs for a planning application to be submitted this
summer. Subject to consent, construction is scheduled to begin in the spring
In the 1980s, Ove Arup and Partners — an earlier
incarnation of Arup Engineering — acted as consulting engineers for the
design of the Kylesku Bridge. NORR Architects is a multinational company
with offices in Inverness, Aberdeen and Glasgow.
says that the design contract covers architectural services, mechanical and
electrical engineering, civil engineering and a landscape architect. The
team will be responsible for obtaining all necessary consents to enable
construction to begin in 2020.
They will also be responsible for
various surveys on site. These will embrace practical matters such as
drainage, archaeology, traffic, visual impact, air quality and acoustics.
According to Highland Enterprise, “the flora, fauna and scenery
behind the natural significance of the area will need to be taken into
account as part of the spaceport’s design and construction.”
preferred bidder for the commercial operation of the site is expected to be
announced in the next few months.