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Bught Park construction works in Inverness set to begin


By Philip Murray

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Artist Impression only (colour of pavilion cladding to be decided), view from shinty pitch to grandstand and new sports pavilion. Picture: The Highland Council Design consultancy.
Artist Impression only (colour of pavilion cladding to be decided), view from shinty pitch to grandstand and new sports pavilion. Picture: The Highland Council Design consultancy.

Demolition work is set to begin at Bught Park in Inverness as part of an upgrade to the sports facilities.

Contractors Clark Contracts arrived on site this week to begun demolishing the existing changing rooms to the rear of the stadium in preparation for work to build replacement facilities that will be larger, fully-accessible and boast much better insulation.

High Life Highland said the park is being refurbished "with sustainability and the local community in the fore front of the Highland Council’s mind, in what will eventually create a year-round venue for locals and visitors to enjoy".

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As part of the new build changing facilities, a new wastewater heat recovery system will provide further energy savings in conjunction with ground source heat pumps that will provide renewable energy for hot water and heating.

Bught Park's improvements are part of three projects along the River Ness which have received almost £20 million from the UK government’s Levelling Up Fund grant. These projects are aimed at boosting the city’s sporting and cultural attractions, preserving key heritage assets, attracting more tourists, and assisting in achieving net zero carbon targets.

The Highland Council’s Inverness city and area leader, Councillor Ian Brown, who is also co-chair of the levelling up fund programme board, said: “I am delighted to hear that the contractor is on site, with works due to start imminently. This milestone in the project takes us a step closer to being able to offer great sporting opportunities for people living in Inverness and the surrounding area that not only fulfils the needs of the users, but which does so in a sustainable manner.”

All three Levelling Up Fund projects will include efforts to boost sustainable energy to the Northern Meeting Park, sustainable energy to Bught Park and support a renewable Energy Centre for Inverness Castle.


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