Call for tenders for the main construction contract for the transformation of Inverness Castle into a tourist attraction
The transformation of Inverness Castle into a tourist gateway to the Highlands should take the next step.
The Highland Council has now posted the main castle construction contract on the public procurement website, Public Contracts Scotland.
The planned construction will include:
Reopening of the building’s original main entrance in the south tower.
Improved accessibility to all parts of the building, including a rooftop viewing area.
Contemporary additions to the building, including a new café space between the north and south towers of the castle.
Creation of new outdoor observation terraces, including one on the roof of the building above the main door of the south tower.
Upgrade of the environment around the castle with extensive landscaping work.
Careful conservation of the building structure throughout.
The tendering process begins after the completion of enabling work including demolition of recent additions to the building, asbestos surveys, wood preservation surveys and structural checks.
The planning request for the transformation was approved by the Highland Council Southern Planning Requests Committee in April.
The plan to create a must-see attraction celebrating the spirit of the Highlands is supported by an investment of £ 15million from the Scottish Government and £ 3million through the Inverness and Highland City Region Deal.
It will create a gateway for Highland tourism, helping to revitalize tourism in the region and provide much-needed investment to the industry to help the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic recover.
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