Development link up for HALO Kilmarnock

May 22, 2017 by  

HALO Kilmarnock, the group responsible for driving an ambitious project designed to regenerate Kilmarnock, has announced that the University of the West of Scotland (UWS) will be coming on board.

The organisation is linking up with the university in the hope that this will improve its chances of realising its wide-ranging plans for the town. It has been estimated that the project will cost £65 million to complete.

The two organisations have now signed an agreement that should see them develop a centre for business innovation within Kilmarnock, which will form a part of the wider redevelopment of the site that used to be home to the bottling plant, Diageo.

Ehsan Mesbahi, a professor from the university, and Marie Macklin, a director for HALO, were the ones who signed the agreement. Students from the university will now be charged with researching and developing this hub. Macklin told the Daily Record:

“We are confident that, working together with UWS, we can create an enterprise and innovation hub that will provide Ayrshire with a meaningful place in the fourth industrial revolution, the digital world.”

Jobs for more than 900 people are expected to be created by these plans and places that offer digital business cards may also be called on by businesses that sign up for the hub, so they have modern networking tools.