The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Her­itage: City re­gen­er­a­tion a col­lab­o­ra­tion


The devel­op­ment rep­re­sents the first ma­jor in­vest­ment by the In­ver­ness Town­scape Her­itage (TH) Pro­ject.

It is a part­ner­ship re­gen­er­a­tion pro­ject fo­cus­ing on Academy Street, once a thriv­ing part of the city but which has de­gen­er­ated in re­cent years.

The TH Pro­ject is a col­lab­o­ra­tion of fund­ing part­ners in­clud­ing In­ver­ness City Her­itage Trust, His­toric En­vi­ron­ment Scot­land, the Na­tional Lot­tery through the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund and it is co-or­di­nated and led by High­land Coun­cil.

The fine build­ing was de­signed by High­land ar­chi­tect Alexan­der Ross in the French Re­nais­sance style.

Lucy Ca­sot, head of the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund in Scot­land, said: “In­vest­ing Na­tional Lot­tery money to re­vi­talise this his­toric build­ing

“It will also pro­vide jobs and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties”

which lies at the heart of the In­ver­ness, will not only make the area more at­trac­tive to live, visit and in­vest in, it will also pro­vide jobs and train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties for lo­cals.”

Cairn­gorm Tav­erns have been in­volved in a num­ber of suc­cess­ful ren­o­va­tions of his­toric build­ings and Sam Fair­cliff, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor of Cairn­gorm Brew­ery Com­pany, said: “It will re­store an iconic build­ing back to its for­mer glory in ad­di­tion to cre­at­ing a su­perb venue as a flag­ship for Cairn­gorm and Loch Ness Brew­eries to serve fan­tas­tic beers along­side great food, all served in a truly his­toric set­ting.”

The in­dus­trial her­itage of the build­ing is por­trayed in the four mo­saics de­pict­ing foundry men at work, which are set within arches on the Academy Street and Rose Street el­e­va­tions of the build­ing.

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