New £1m creative business hub approved in Kinross
A new creative business hub on the banks of Loch Leven has been given the green light from Perth & Kinross Council.
British watch designer Marloe Watch Company will join architect Studio LBA – which designed the new space - as tenants at the facility, located between Kinross and Wester Balgedie. The 4,100 sq. ft. creative business hub, featuring sustainable zero carbon technologies, aims to provide a huge boost to the local economy.
Lynsay Bell, managing director at Studio LBA, said: “This is an extremely exciting project for us - creating a hub for other local businesses to thrive within - a community that can all work, grow and collaborate together within this rural hub. The existing agricultural setting and character has been a key influence in the designs, in terms of scale, form and materials. The aim is for the development to feel rural and not to lose its historic roots.
“We always wanted to create a sustainable and environmentally conscious development, and this was really initiated at the design stage through the re-use of the existing agricultural buildings. Throughout construction, we are focused on minimising waste and using locally sourced materials and trades. It is also important that the buildings are sustainable long term, so we are integrating zero carbon technologies, ground source and PV, meaning the heating and electricity to the farm is provided wholly through renewables.
“We are very excited to welcome Marloe to join us on this adventure.”
Oliver Goffe, co-founder of Marloe Watch Company, said: “The move to the new creative business hub will mean we have reached a goal we’ve been working to for the last five years – to bring assembly to the UK, investing in Scottish talent and the return of watch production to UK soil.
“Perth was the first choice for us - Gordon is from the area - and, as a brand with adventure at its heart, being close to the Scottish Highlands is ideal.”
Construction of the creative business hub is set to complete in April 2021.