Landscaping proposals for transformation of Inverness Castle into tourist attraction include plants native to Highlands

An example of the planned remodeling of Inverness Castle.An example of the planned remodeling of Inverness Castle.

Highland plants and seating areas are among the scenic suggestions for transforming Inverness Castle into a top tourist attraction.

Plans for the development were submitted to the Highland Council as part of the legal filings for the proposed conversion of the castle into a tourism gate for the Highlands.

The landscape proposals show how the castle grounds will be an essential part of the experience for visitors to the attraction in the years to come.

The designs redesigning the castle promenade and the outer courtyards are intended to create a new and accessible destination in the city center.

This includes new hard and soft landscaping, seating areas, lookouts, and plantings that reflect the highlands’ native species.

They have been designed to integrate into the castle itself so that the renovated interiors can be connected to the new exteriors.

The proposals can be seen on the council’s planning portal in the application for building permit and building permit submitted last month by project architects LDN Architects.

These applications are in preparation for the main construction contract, for which a tendering process will be carried out from spring.

The preparatory work for demolition work, asbestos examinations, wood preservation examinations and structural examinations are already in progress.

The castle works schedule is subject to change depending on the results of the ongoing contract for the release of works, due to be completed in the spring, and the impact of the ongoing pandemic.

The transformation of Inverness Castle is supported by Scottish Government investments of £ 15 million and UK Government investments of £ 3 million under the Metropolitan Area Agreement.

It will create a gateway for highland tourism that will help revitalize tourism across the region and provide much-needed investment for the industry to aid recovery from the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The project will support economic growth across the highlands and create a sustainable, viable and indispensable attraction that celebrates the spirit of the highlands.

The Inverness-Highland City Region agreement is a joint initiative backed by the UK and Scottish Governments, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the University of the Highlands and Islands with investments of up to £ 315 million and aims to promote sustainable regional economic growth.

The planning application can be viewed on the planning page of the council at wam.highland.gov.uk under the reference numbers 21/00100 / FUL and 21/00103 / LBC.

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