Scotland's big space race

Scotland is home to more than one fifth of all UK space sector jobs and proportionally employs more than twice as many people in space as the rest of the UK. And the sector is set to grow even more.

After receiving an £80m grant in late 2020 for a UK Space Centre of Excellence in Ayrshire, the country is now gearing up to make its first launch of a commercial rocket in 2023. 

Shoosmiths recently joined up with EG as part of its Cities Live Scotland programme to produce a film exploring what the booming space market is doing for commercial and residential development in Scotland, how the development of Prestwick Spaceport is bringing new business and new development to the area, and what 4,000 new jobs might mean for the region in practice. We also discussed what the development of a spaceport means in terms of sustainability.

Geraint Hughes, a principal associate in Shoosmiths’ planning team, appeared in the film, along with Councillor Bob Pollock – portfolio holder for economic development and regeneration, Kristina Tamane – space sector business development lead at the University of Edinburgh, Claire Monaghan – partner at RSM and David Cobban – office leasing director & head of Glasgow at Savills. 

Watch the video here.


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