Search begins for contractors to develop new business premises on Skye

A competitive tendering process is underway to secure contractors for the development of eight new business units at Broadford Industrial Estate on the Isle of Skye.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) has initiated the process, with the project forming part of wider investment to create flexible workspaces in rural locations.

HIE developed the Broadford Industrial Estate in the 1980s. It plans to develop a block of eight units providing a range of internal flexible space options, plus associated infrastructure.

The units have been designed by Threesixty Architecture to meet modern building standards and ‘maximise’ the efficiency of the internal areas. Air-source heat pumps will enhance their environmental credentials.

HIE revealed that it also plans to upgrade the estate road to facilitate access to a further development plot, which subject to planning will also become available as part of the works.

Alastair Nicolson, HIE’s area manager for Lochaber, Skye and Wester Ross, said, “We know there is considerable interest in new flexible commercial premises on Skye, either from local firms thinking about growth or companies from elsewhere looking to set up operations on the island. This has been demonstrated each time a unit at Broadford has become available.

“The new units we’re developing are designed with flexibility to meet the needs of different types of commercial activity and office space. We hope to have contractors on site by the end of the summer, with works completed in autumn 2023.”