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.