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A platform for life sciences success
Our civil engineering work on the i3 Strategic Investment Campus in Irvine was procured through the Scape National Major Works framework. Scape Group is a public sector owned built environment specialist offering a full suite of national frameworks and innovative design solutions.
The i3 Strategic Investment Campus is a 125 hectare development site that is part of a designated Enterprise Area in Irvine. It is part of the Glasgow BioCorridor, an area that provides a rich and varied offering of specialised facilities and expertise in the life sciences sector.
Irvine Bay Regeneration Company has the largest urban regeneration site in Scotland in terms of land mass covering over 35 square miles. Irvine Bay's boundaries enclose an area of outstanding natural beauty spanning 14 miles of sandy coastline, the four seaside towns of Irvine, Stevenston, Saltcoats and Ardrossan and the town of Kilwinning.
The vision for Scotland is to create places where people will thrive, businesses will flourish and communities will grow. The i3 Investment Campus will aim to create new employment opportunities, stimulate private investment and boost economic growth that will reverse the economic decline of the five towns.
The site's designation as an Enterprise Area has provided a much-needed stimulus for economic growth and new jobs in the area, and this project forms a critical element of the next stage of development.
We installed 1200m of primary drainage and an 11,000m3 SUDs pond for the site as well as eight precast headwalls and a 660m long, 6.75m wide access road with a roundabout.
The project works involved a total of 110,000m3 of bulk earthworks to create the development platforms. We worked with the designer to ensure a balance of cut and fill, which negated the need to remove any material from the site.
Accelerating works to secure funding
To ensure funding for the project, we accelerated the programme of works by nearly two months and completed the earthworks in just 10 weeks.
Our work on the infrastructure of this site has facilitated onward development by making it ready for potential investors.
An enduring impact
During the project, we employed five local people, four of whom still work for Robertson Civil Engineering on other projects.
Over 60% of the work packages have been placed with local businesses within 10 miles of the site and 67% of the labour force live within 20 miles of the site providing a boost to the local economy and job creation.
We have also engaged with over 800 young people in the area, providing site visits and workshops, work experience, apprentice opportunities and supporting university students with research projects.