Approval for Stirling business park

Posted on by John Cronin

A significant mixed-use development for a former surface mine near Stirling has received planning consent.

pirnhall planRJM Developments (Scotland) has been granted permission for a proposed £33m office and leisure development at Pirnhall near Bannockburn (plans pictured).

The scheme comprises of six office blocks and a leisure centre. The plans were first submitted in March 2007 and followed a previously unsuccessful application for a livestock auction centre on the undeveloped site. Consent is subject to agreement over public highways works as the site is close to a busy M9 interchange.

The modern office buildings will be two or three storeys high and in total will offer floor space of 176,640 sq ft, less than the originally proposed 196,500 sq ft. The leisure complex will be approximately 18,000 sq ft. The offices are to be constructed using energy sustainable measures including ground-source heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and natural ventilation.

Architects Jackson, Graham Associates originally estimated the scheme could accommodate between up to 2,000 staff. Following the reduction in the total floor space a revised figure of just under 1,300 staff has been suggested. The scheme will be developed on a speculative basis and will be constructed in four phases.

Commenting on the scheme planning consultant Stuart Winter, from Jones Lang LaSalle, said: “Notwithstanding the current tough market conditions, the proposed development could well provide a significant economic boost to Stirling, generating a significant number of both direct and indirect jobs for the local and regional economy.”

A start date for construction works has not been disclosed.

 

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