Inverness Castle project takes step towards transformation

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Inverness Castle project,

The Inverness Castle project has taken a step forward as the architect and creative director are appointed, leading the way for the transformation to begin

The Inverness Castle project forms part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region deal. The 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.

LDN Architects has been selected for the projects architect services and will bring their conservation architectural experience to the transformation of the Castle from its current use as a court house to a future visitor attraction.

The Inverness Castle project is a vital part of the regeneration of the city centre. The project will support economic growth in the city and throughout the Highland area, creating a sustainable and “must-see” attraction that will celebrate the spirit of the Highlands.

The architect’s brief will focus on the renovation of the Castle, and the transformation will involve dialogue with Historic Environment Scotland, The Highland Council, High Life Highland, the people of Inverness and the Highlands, as well as many other stakeholders in the coming months.

Creative Services, led by Bryan Beattie, will lead the creative direction for the Inverness Castle project, supporting development of the identity for the new international quality Inverness Castle visitor attraction, as well as preparing a programme of events involving people living and working in the Highlands.

Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy, Fergus Ewing, said: “These appointments mark another important step forward in progressing the development of Inverness Castle.

“This key project from the Scottish Government is being supported through the City Region Deal. It will help to revitalise the city centre, as well as the wider Highlands, benefiting both locals and tourists.”

The Provost of Inverness and Area, Councillor Helen Carmichael, commented: “The appointment of both LDN Architects and Creative Services is an important step in the development of this exciting project.

“With support from Scottish Government through the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, we are ensuring the ambitious Inverness Castle project will bring benefits and sustainability to the whole Highland economy through development of our unique tourism assets in the long term.”

Stuart MacKellar of LDN Architects added: “We are delighted to be involved with the Inverness Castle development, given the importance of the project to the city centre and the economic development of the Highlands.

“As architect for the recent improvements to the neighbouring Inverness Town House, as well as a range of other heritage projects in the UK and beyond, we are excited to be bringing our experience to bear for the castle project.”

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