Halcrow to masterplan growth of university's innovation park

Halcrow has been charged with putting together a masterplan to expand Stirling University Innovation Park.

The blueprint will outline plans to almost treble the size of the 6ha campus, home to more than 40 companies employing around 500 people. Halcrow is leading the project for the university, Stirling Council and Scottish Enterprise Forth Valley.

The plans will develop 10ha of land to help companies in life, sports and environmental sciences and other technologies to grow.

Halcrow head of development planning in Scotland Stefano Smith maintained that the masterplan is an important opportunity for strategic employment.

"We will look at whether the market can sustain growth and the types of uses that can be brought in," he said. The park's current mix of businesses includes start-ups and larger companies.

The consultancy also has to take the historic landscape into account because the site sits at the foot of the William Wallace monument.

Halcrow will submit the plans to the partners next February. It is being supported by architects Nicoll Russell Studios and property agents Ryden.

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