Highlands & Islands

Architects appointed to design Sutherland spaceport

Artist's impression of spaceport Image copyright HIE
Image caption An artist's impression of the spaceport

Three companies are to work on the design of a spaceport proposed for land on the Melness Crofters Estate in Sutherland.

The site would be used for launching small satellites.

Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) is heading up the £17,5m Space Hub Sutherland project.

Architectural firm Norr Consultants will lead the production of the design, working with Arup Engineers and ERZ landscape architects.

The funding for the spaceport includes a £2.5m grant from the UK Space Agency.

HIE said planning consent could be sought later this year and construction of the facility could begin next year.

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