Inverness Castle transformation – planning application updates
Further detail will be submitted to The Highland Council this week in respect of the planning application relating to the transformation of Inverness Castle to become a tourism gateway for the Highlands.
This in response to the planning conditions specified when consent was given for the application in April this year, adding technical design proposals for the works necessary to restore the Category A Listed building and convert it for use as a new visitor attraction.
The additional information submitted includes:
- Constructional information describing the formation of a new roof terrace. This includes a new intricately detailed roof lobby, sunken walkway and raised universally accessible terrace providing stunning views of the city and the landscape beyond.
- Details of proposed internal finishes, such as refurbished and new hardwood flooring, flagstones, wall linings and elegant ceilings.
Submitted by project architects LDN Architects, the planning application is part of the preparation for the main building works contract which is currently the subject of a tender process.
Given potential impacts arising from Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme of works for the main tender will not be finalised until completion of the tender process. The proposed works currently include the careful conservation of the building fabric, accessibility and environmental upgrades and contemporary new additions.
In addition, the proposed works include a new café space and external viewing terraces that, combined, will transform Inverness Castle into a cultural centrepiece to be enjoyed by the public.
The transformation of Inverness Castle is supported by £15 million Scottish Government and £3 million UK Government investment through the Inverness and Highland city region deal. It will contribute to the reinvigoration of tourism across the area and providing much needed investment for the industry to aid the recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
The project will support economic growth throughout the Highland area, creating a sustainable, viable and “must-see” attraction that will celebrate the spirit of the Highlands.
The Inverness and Highland City Region deal is a joint initiative supported by up to £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, HIE and University of the Highlands and Islands, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.