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13 January 06
Major New Commercial Development At Forss Looks To The Future
On 18 November 2005 Abbey Properties Cambridgeshire Limited gained an outline planning consent for development on the former mast site US naval base, Forss, Thurso.

The brown field site comprises 126 acres (gross) and is located adjacent to Forss Technology Park and close to Dounreay which is due to undergo a �2.6 billion decommissioning programme in the future. The outline planning consent, applied on a significant part of the site, provides for the development of a mixed use scheme on the site as well as new roads and services that may be associated with any development.
The site will provide a mixed use of buildings including industrial and warehouse, office, and research and development buildings as well as accommodation.  A spokesman for Abbey Properties Cambridgeshire Limited stated that �this planning consent is good news for the area as it will allow for future commercial development and increased employment. It is also in an excellent location to provide services to sites and buildings for companies that may be involved with the decommissioning of Dounreay.�
Enquiries should be directed to Abbey Properties as follows:-
Nicholas Sutton
Abbey Properties Cambridgeshire Ltd
Nene Lodge, Funthams Lane, Whittlesey, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE7 2PB
Tele: 01733 200905
e-mail: [email protected]

New workshop and office facilities at Forss Business & Technology Park
New Park welcomes Canberra Harwell to the Forss site with the opening of their new service support centre.
The development of the Forss Business & Technology Park continues with New Park Management welcoming Canberra Harwell Ltd, the provider of specialist radiation monitoring equipment, into their new facility at Dunbeath House on the Forss site. A purpose built customer service support workshop and offices has been constructed for Canberra allowing them to focus on their business with Dounreay.

Neil Robertson, New Park�s Associate Director, responsible for the Forss Business & Technology Park stated, �We are pleased that we are seeing demand increase for high quality office, workshop and storage space which is very much in line with our original development plans�. The concept for Forss Business and Technology Park is based on creating a cluster of expertise in the decommissioning and allied industries. Canberra�s manager for the north, Hamish Bremner agrees �Having our new facility at Forss means we can provide our customers at Dounreay with our high level of service from an extremely convenient location�.

22 April 05
The proposed road route linking the ex US Navy Base at Forss, Caithness and the UKAEA site at Dounreay, has had a planning application lodged with the Highland Council.
This brown field site is classified as suitable for commercial development.  The base had been unused since decommissioning in 1992. Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise have stated "From the point of view of the local economy it is important that this site is brought into economic use.  The owners, Abbey Properties, are keen to encourage firms requiring sites to bring business to the area."
Enquiries should be directed to the Agent for Abbey Properties as follows:-
Charlie Simpson
Abbey Properties Cambridgeshire Ltd
Nene Lodge
Funthams Lane
Abbey Properties Are the same firm who are in the process of working towards another four wind turbines at Forss
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24 December 04
Nuclear Development Agency Brings More Jobs To Caithness
The Nuclear Development Agency (NDA) that will have overall responsibility for the nuclear industry in the Uk from April 2005 is to open an office in Caithness.  the new office will be based at the New Park Business Park at Forss.   The number of jobs is likely to be around 12 to start with but the office has capacity for up to 20.  New Park are delighted to have been able to supply high quality accommodation to the NDA and now have a cluster of nuclear related firms at the business park.

17 November 03
The Board of Highlands & Islands Enterprise saw at first hand today (17th November 2003) how HIE Network investment in Forss Business and Technology Park is bringing real economic benefits to the Far North.
While touring the site the Board learned how Scottish company New Park Management�s �6 million pounds refurbishment of the Forss site, which has lain dormant and decaying since the US Navy abandoned it a decade ago, is attracting inward investment from major national and international companies.
Made possible by a funding partnership between New Park Management, Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise, the European Regional Development Fund and the anchor tenancy of UKAEA, the hi-tech Park at Forss is part of a growing network of New Park technology centres in Scotland.
Welcoming the HIE Board members to Forss, Murdo Mackenzie, New Park Management�s executive chairman said: �Turning the vision of a hi-tech technology centre on the north coast of Scotland into reality is an excellent example of how the HIE Network can use its resources to help private sector businesses create jobs in fragile rural communities. Together, we are creating at Forss something that will bring long-term economic benefit to the HIE Area.�
Accompanying the HIE Board on their visit, Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise chief executive Carroll Buxton commented: �Capturing long-term benefit from the decommissioning of Dounreay is high priority for the HIE Network and the development of the Forss Business and Technology Park is a key step towards achieving our aims. I am delighted that support worth �1.8m provided by Caithness & Sutherland Enterprise and the ERDF, coupled with UKAEA's commitment to locate 140 staff at Forss, have enabled New Park Management to bring back into economic use an asset that has lain dormant for over a decade. Partnership between public agencies and private sector companies is a key to achieving sustainable benefit from the decommissioning for our people and communities.�
In addition to the jobs located on the site by tenants, New Park Management itself has created 10 jobs in the team formed to manage and maintain the Forss Park.

4 November 03
The Highland Council�s Caithness Area Committee visited New Park Management�s new Business and Technology Park at Forss, Caithness today (4TH NOVEMBER 2003), to see at first hand how the decommissioning at UKAEA Dounreay is bringing major benefits to the local economy.  The �6m  development by Scottish company New Park Management is converting the Forss site, which has lain derelict for a decade, in to a hi-tech Business and Technology Park........

6 October 03
The major opportunities for business and economic development in the Far North, created by UKAEA�s commitment to restore the environment at Dounreay, were highlighted  during a visit to Forss Business and Technology Park, Caithness by the local MP and MSP on Friday 3rd October 2003.  John Thurso MP and Jamie Stone MSP visited the Park being developed by New Park Highland as part of a growing network of Technology Centres throughout Scotland..............

The first tenants of the newly refurbished accommodation at Forss Business and Technology Park have completed the three-mile journey from Dounreay.  Staff from the Major Projects Engineering Division, UKAEA have begun to populate the former derelict Naval Base at Forss bringing it back to life.

Claire Bell, Associate Director at New Park commented, �We are delighted at the way the refurbishment programme has gone and UKAEA staff have moved into office space which is of a very high standard. With further buildings coming on stream within the next two weeks the Park will transform from what has been a very busy construction site over the past few months into one that is fully operational�.

New Park are also delighted to announce that Neil Money, former head of Caithness and Sutherland Enterprise (CASE) will join the team at Forss in a part time capacity. Executive Chairman of New Park, Murdo Mackenzie said that �capturing someone of Neil�s ability and experience will undoubtedly assist New Parks vision of creating a Centre of Excellence in decommissioning Technology at Forss�. In addition to his former role as head of CASE Neil has for the past two years been Director of Strategic Projects at CASE developing a strategy to maximise the economic benefits of decommissioning to the Highlands and Islands. Commenting on his new role Neil said �I am delighted to get this opportunity to work with New Park and help develop a Centre that will focus on innovative companies both large and small within the decommissioning industry.

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