Future looks bright for former Paper Mill site

Kirkwood Commercial Park
Kirkwood Commercial Park

THE redevelopment of the former Inverurie Paper Mill is set to continue following the announcement by Kirkwood Homes Investments Ltd that they have submitted a further Planning Application in Principle for the site, now known as Kirkwoood Commercial Park.

The application is for a proposed extension to the north of the site which will provide additional industrial buildings and land.

Early last year Kirkwood Home Investments Ltd, part of the Kirkwood Group, bought the industrial, warehouse and office buildings and land occupied by the former Paper Mill. Since then they have begun the re-development of the site to form a Commercial and Industrial Park. Kirkwood report that since then they already secured five new tenants for the Commercial Park, and have numerous additional enquiries for the near future.

The company have also held public consultation exhibitions in the local area last year, at Kintore, Port Elphinstone and two in Inverurie, and have received a positive response from the local community.

Allan Rae of Kirkwood Homes Investments Ltd, commented, “It was very important to us that the local community and all stakeholders had an opportunity to view and comment on our proposals.

“Throughout 2012 we have therefore met with the various Community Councils, community groups, elected members, MSPs and MPs and importantly had an opportunity through our two sets of exhibitions to outline proposals to the local community and obtain their feedback. This consultation process has been extremely important and has helped shape various elements of the application that has been submitted.”

Kirkwood say that the proposed 3.86 hectare addition to the site is “extremely well defined”, provides at “great strategic location” with excellent surrounding transport infrastructure including the A96, close proximity to Aberdeen Airport and the future Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

Mr Rae added, “We are progressing with expansion plans only a year after taking ownership of the site as a result of the high level of demand for space and land we have had to date and we hope that the additional capacity created by the proposal will continue to assist making Inverurie and Aberdeenshire a dynamic and successful business location.

“We fully believe that the continued regeneration of the site will make a significant contribution to the local and regional economy, and once completed it is anticipated that the Commercial Park could contribute approximately £50 million per year to the local economy and support a considerable number of new jobs and business opportunities in the area.”