NW Highland Geopark, Feasibility Study & Business Case

This was a feasibility study into the potential for a Geocentre (museum, visitor and educational centre), to house a geology collection validated by the National Museum of Scotland as world class.  The Geopark covers some 2,200 sq km, running from Loch Erribol south as far as Achiltibuie . The project, done in partnership with Jefcoate Anderson Architects:

•     consulted with the five Community Councils in the Geopark, and the working groups they  

      set up to collaborate with us

•     reviewed potential markets and identified the tourism and educational base from which

      revenue could come

•     produced a development brief from which Jefcoate Anderson created a sketch plan,

      enabling order of magnitude capital costs to be calculated

•     modelled income scenarios to establish the levels at which viability could be achieved

•     confirmed viability was practical in the markets which had been identified

•     identified seventeen potential development sites between Loch Eriboll and Achiltibuie

•     assessed the sites against objective criteria, and shortlisted some of them

•     discussed the proposal with the owners of the shortlisted sites

•     recommended one site to the Geopark, in the Scourie area

•     laid out a formal business case

•     recommended a charitable structure for the enterprise

•     identified potential sources of funding if the project went ahead

•     laid out project stages to take the Geocentre through to opening.

Incidentally, while looking at ways to drive up visitor footfall at the Geocentre, we developed the initial idea for the North Coast 500 and offered it to the North Highland Initiative to take forward.