Council welcomes Historic Scotland investment in Inverness landmark
This is that Inverness Town House has been awarded £500,000 towards a project to secure the building’s long term future.
The funding award is part of Historic Scotland’s current £1.9 million investments to support reuse and renovation of buildings.
Inverness Town House is among six buildings across Scotland that will share the funding announced today (20 March 2014) by Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs.
Leader Brown said: “Leader of the City of Inverness Area, Councillor Ian Brown said: “Inverness Town House is a jewel in the crown of Inverness City’s architecture and social history. Members recently gave the go-ahead for an estimated £7.25 million six-year project to maintain the structure and public safety of the Inverness Town House building to proceed to tender. We welcome Historic Scotland’s award which will support the first phase of this essential project.”
To ensure that the Town House remains a vital community facility, the funding will be used to carry out essential repairs and reinstatement to the historic fabric of the city centre building which will address some of the 20th century alterations to the A-listed building.
Fiona Hyslop said: “I am pleased to announce this latest round of funding which will deliver considerable improvements to several of Scotland’s important historic buildings.
“Scotland’s historic environment is so valuable to all parts of the country with its social, cultural and economic benefits impacting on every community. This investment demonstrates our continued commitment to supporting our historic buildings so they can be enjoyed now and in the future.”
Historic Scotland’s Building Repair Grant scheme makes financial help available to property owners to meet the cost of high-quality repairs using traditional materials and specialist craftsman to conserve original features in buildings of special architectural or historic interest. In return, owners must maintain the building and allow some access to visitors.