The NeSTS project held its first stakeholder event on 19th May in Inverness, bringing together representatives from Highland Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Environment Scotland, and the Scottish Government.

With the project aiming to develop structures which use less land, involve less construction, are less noticeable, need less maintenance and less environmental impact the stakeholders received the design information of the shortlisted designs prior to the event, to allow them to discuss the information within their organisation and prepare to give their feedback on the various designs.

The day included a range of presentations, such the NeSTS Project Manager Tim Sammon on the project as a whole, Kevin Kavanagh on composites which could be used and Kirstine Wood on other innovations SSEPD are working on. There was also visualisations produced by ASH on how the various tower designs could look if used in locations across Scotland, and Energyline presented models of the shortlisted designs to help the stakeholders appreciate some of the characteristics.

The session also included group discussions and an interactive feedback system to gather the opinions and feedback from the stakeholders, which will be used to help inform the next steps of the project.”