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Tuesday, February 19, 2024

Energy Development Centre at the Aberdeen Science and Energy Park

Scottish Enterprise Grampian has awarded a contract to CHAP Construction (Aberdeen) Ltd to build the first phase of the Energy Development Centre (EDC) at the Aberdeen Science and Energy Park.

This multi-occupancy development will provide 12 high quality units comprising office and R & D space ranging in size from 144 m2 to 322 m2. Scottish Enterprise Grampian's intention is to build these units as phase 1 of the EDC, with a further 15 units to be constructed in 2009/10 as part of a joint venture with the private sector. The project is unique in the north east of Scotland in that it is the first of its kind to utilise a district heating system to supply the heating from a new biomass boiler and wind turbine.

Ground works are due to start on site in March with completion of the phase 1 in November 2008. Units are already attracting considerable interest, as occupancy levels on the Aberdeen Science Parks are currently standing at 95%.

Scottish Enterprise Grampian has also acquired 16 hectares of expansion land on the north boundary of the park. This area will be fully developed under the joint venture vehicle, focusing on research and development and all-energy.

The EDC, expansion land, joint venture and various other physical improvement works reflect Scottish Enterprise Grampian's ambitions for the sector and the area. In essence, they signal the start of a 15-20 year programme called - Energetica - to secure the north east's position as a global hub for all-energy technologies. Further activities include the masterplanning of a 30 mile development corridor from Bridge of Don to Peterhead.