Positive talks on new home for Ironworks
Bosses at the under-threat Ironworks in Inverness have a new venue in their sights after “fantastically positive” crunch talks.
The future of the venue was left in limbo after shock plans revealed a planning application had been lodged to tear down the building and replace it with a luxury 162-bed city hotel.
The Ironworks music venue team said several options are on the table but their preference is to press forward with pursuing an option that can allow them to remain in the city centre.
Venue director Caroline Campbell said: “I can’t stress enough this building we are in is just a shell. Everything in it we own and is transferable.”
She hailed a meeting with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), High Life Highland, Highland Council, Creative Scotland and David Stewart MSP – who launched a petition of support – as a positive in the bid to protect the music venue’s business for the future. Mrs Campbell added: “It’s business as usual for the Ironworks and details will be released as soon as we know where our new space will be.”
Mr Stewart said he is “convinced there will be a permanent alternative home” for the Ironworks and its 62 staff and that he is due to meet with Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop on October 29 to discuss its future.
He added that the venue is “vital to the region’s music scene and to its cultural values” and has been “an institution in Inverness for more than a decade”.
A follow-up meeting has been pencilled in for Friday November 8 to discuss progress.