Published: 20/05/2011 11:30 - Updated: 23/05/2011 15:03

MP Danny Alexander given progress update on new university campus

Written byBy Claire Doughty

Mp Danny Alexander on site visit to Beechwood Campus with Project Director Ruaraihd MacNeil.
From left: Project Director Ruaraidh MacNeil with MP Danny Alexander on site a visit to the Beechwood Campus

THE site of the new £75 million University of the Highlands and Islands campus in Inverness has been inspected by local MP Danny Alexander.

The Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey MP met with the university’s Vice-Chancellor James Fraser and Beechwood Campus Project Director Ruaraidh MacNeil and was given an update on its progress.

Mr Alexander, who is Chief Secretary to the Treasury, was also given a tour of the new campus.

The new state-of-the-art campus for Inverness College UHI, is expected to cost £75 million to build.

In April, evidence of Bronze and Iron Age settlements were found on the site at East Beechwood.

The remains of timber-built roundhouses and crop marks have been recorded.

Archaeologists also uncovered a flint flake and fragments of prehistoric pottery, including Neolithic grooved ware.

AOC Archaeology Group surveyed the site for developer Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE).

HIE believes the completed project could potentially support up to 6,000 jobs over the next 30 years and generate more than £38m a year for the economy.

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