The Inverness TH project will run for the next 5 years and the following priorities have been identified as a result of thorough consultation during the development phase:
The built heritage:
Grant assistance can be applied for by property owners, businesses and organisations based on Academy Street, to help meet a proportion of the costs of heritage repairs or reinstatement of lost detail.
Key buildings in the streets townscape have been identified as high and medium priorities for investment – details of the three priority buildings can be found below. Please note all grant awards are subject to a successful funding application being made to the TH Project Partnership.
Inverness train station boast an annual footfall in excess of 2.4 million people including visitors the Highlands arriving by train and bus. There is work currently underway looking at the redevelopment options for Inverness Train Station. The TH Project is working with Abellio ScotRail, The Highland Council and HITANS to ensure Station Square is a high priority, due to its key location for welcoming people to the city centre.
The Phoenix Ale House:
The Phoenix Ale House is a two-storey building with basement and attic, and has been in use as a public house for over 100 years. The revitalisation of this building, together with the works proposed for the adjacent priority AI Welders building at No.96, will dramatically improve the heritage townscape in this part of Academy Street.
The AI Welders building is of historical and architectural significance, and the restoration of its mosaics and other fabric will create a flagship project at this part of Academy Street. AI Welders (formerly the Rose Street Foundry), played a significant role in the commercial and industrial growth of Inverness. The nearby Greig Street suspension bridge over the River Ness and much decorative ironwork in the city were made here; the mosaics tell this story and are significant in their own right.
Work is underway in partnership with Highlife Highland to help increase understanding of the heritage of Academy Street. There will be lots of opportunities to engage in the heritage of the Old Town, through the planned programme of events. These events are working towards the development of a digital heritage trail for Academy Street.
Training and employability:
The TH Project will deliver a training programme to compliment the investment in the built fabric of Academy Street. Upcoming courses will include traditional building skills, retail and hospitality.
Employability is a key area within the TH project, with activity being undertaken to ensure all barriers to regeneration on Academy Street are addressed. The main aim is to help long term unemployed people develop routes back into work, focussing on the client group accommodated within the city centres HMOs.
More information will follow, on all Inverness Townscape Heritage funded projects and events.