Highland Council is receiving statutory applications for the planned transformation of Inverness Castle into a tourism Gateway. The applications are for listed building consent and building warrant approval for the region.
The council said that, given potential impacts arising from Brexit and the Covid-19 pandemic, the programme of works for the main tender will not be finalised until completion of the tender process.
LDN Architects have submitted the applications of the project and are in preparation for the main building works contract. This contract will be subject to a tender process beginning this spring.
The applications cover the works necessary to restore the Category A Listed building and convert it for use as a new visitor attraction. Currently the proposed works include conservation of the building fabric, accessibility and environmental upgrades and new additions.
The proposed works additionally include a new café space and external viewing terraces. Enabling works under way involve asbestos surveys, demolition, structural checks and timber preservation surveys.