Construction of the European Marine Science Park is underway at Oban in Argyll, where a turf-cutting ceremony was recently held to mark the occasion.
Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is investing £7.5m to create the first phase – which will take advantage of significant opportunities in marine science, marine biotechnology and renewable energy.
The 20,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space will support businesses in Scotland’s growing Life Sciences and Energy sectors and has the potential to support up to 125 jobs.
The site of the development, Dunstaffnage near Oban, is already an internationally recognised centre of excellence for marine science, with the Scottish Marine Institute being home to the Scottish Association of Marine Science (SAMS), and the European Centre for Marine Biotechnology. These provide marine science research and education as well as incubation space for new and growing businesses.