WORK will start on a new £20 million salmon hatchery in Highlands, with help from Glasgow construction design consultancy Pick Everard.
14 million Salmon will head into the food chain annually, thanks to Marine Harvest’s new hatchery at Inchmore, in Glenmoriston. A new Recirculating Aquaculture System (RAS) is tipped to help tackle the challenge of providing food for a growing global population.
The new hatchery will consist of a steel frame building housing the fish farm, water processing equipment, offices, labs and welfare facilities for staff.
Pick Everard will also be delivering mechanical engineering design.
Doug Soutar (pictured), Pick Everard’s building services director for Scotland, said, “We have designed an innovative solution within a RAS facility by approaching the problem from first principles. We were effectively designing a life-support system for 14 million fish consisting of 18,000m3 of water at 15 oC located in an external environment with an extreme winter temperature of minus 20 oC. We are working with the client to provide their state-of-the-art facility with passive design solutions backed-up with energy efficiency systems and energy provision from renewable technology as this is the most cost effective way to save carbon and running costs.”