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Andrew Mackie
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21st Sep 2021
Billet Planning Approval

Keppie are delighted to share the great news that our planning proposals for a new Recycling & Billet Casting Facility for our client in Fort William were approved by The Highland Council planning committee earlier today !

Director, Richard MacDonald, said: ‘We look forward to progressing this exciting project with our highly creative and innovative client, ALVANCE. Our masterplanning work on the site  takes cognisance of the sensitive Highland environment at the foot of Ben Nevis. This first phase project utilises zero emission hydro-electric power, consistent with the Government’s aspirations to move towards a Net Zero Carbon environment. ’

The new Recycling & Billet Casting Facility will produce 80ktpa of long, round shapes (‘billets’) for the domestic construction sector, which currently relies heavily on imports. The billets will supply domestic construction, building and transport sectors, supplanting some of the current dependency on imports.

The new addition of aluminium recycling and expansion into downstream billets will allow our client to manufacture some of the most sustainably produced billets in the world, giving it a competitive advantage as the demand for green aluminium product grows.

A key element that informed the design of the Recycling & Billet Casting Facility is an understanding of the existing site context and wider site topography. The unique and sensitive setting of Glen Nevis has greatly influenced the design and form of the proposed facility.

Location: Fort William
Size: circa 135,000 sq ft (12,540 sq m)
Type of project: Industrial
Planning Consultant: JLL
Architect: Keppie
Structural Engineer: Aartee
M&E: Aartee
CDM Adviser: Thomson Grey