City region deal project information
This initiative will use the opportunity of the Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service relocating from Inverness Castle to create a sustainable, viable and “must-see” centre that will celebrate the spirit of the Highlands. The centre will aim to attract new and repeat visitors to the area, it will include:
- The castle viewpoint (the north tower) being refurbished (complete)
- The wider redeveloped castle opened up as a tourist and heritage centre
- Information and exhibits and interpretive programmes
- Innovative digital and multimedia exhibits
An outline business case has been submitted to the Scottish Government. In parallel, discussions will take place with the Lottery. In the meantime the early option development, strategic definition and preparation of brief work will continue using the first tranche of City Region funding.
Early funding from the City-Region Deal has also been used to to convert the North tower of the castle from offices to a viewing platform (The Castle Viewpoint). This was officially opened to the public on 17 April 2017.
Deal Funding £15m Scottish Government
Project Lead Graham Watson (HLH)