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Highland locals at heart of Bught Park construction work in Inverness

By Philip Murray

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Work on the new pavilion in Bught Park. Picture: High Life Highland.
Work on the new pavilion in Bught Park. Picture: High Life Highland.

Major work to revamp Bught Park in Inverness has the Highlands at its heart after local workers were hired to carry out construction.

A number of improvements are planned at the park, including the refurbishment of the grandstand, the creation of a new sports pavilion, a new shinty experience, and improved infrastructure for large-scale outdoor events.

Clark Contracts, who are the lead contractor, have been on site since January preparing the first construction phases, with excellent progress now beginning made on the development - which aims to be completed by March 2025.

The firm is currently utilising a range of local subcontractors, including for demolition, groundworks, dry lining, joinery and suspended ceilings, mechanical works and for a timber defects survey, resulting in over £4m being invested back into the local economy.

Both the site manager and project manager are also based locally to the project.

And Cark Contracts’ decision to hire local workforce has been hailed as not only boosting the reputation and demand for regional skills but also for instilling confidence among young professionals and creates richer opportunities for careers close to home.

Highland Council’s Inverness City and Area leader, Councillor Ian Brown, who is also co-chairman of the Levelling Up Fund Programme Board, said: “By Clarks opting to employ individuals from within the community it is not just a strategic decision but shows their commitment to us in cultivating a thriving local economy. This ensures that income stays within the Highlands, showcasing a steadfast commitment to enhancing the economic well-being of our communities.”

Clark Contracts’ director, Michael Scanlan, emphasised: “We are committed to supporting the local economies in which we work, and by working with the local community and giving precedence to a local workforce on the Bught Park project, we are not only building this fantastic new facility, but fostering resilient economies, reinforcing community bonds, and laying the groundwork for sustained prosperity in the region.”

The work is part of three UK government Levelling Up Fund projects in Inverness aimed at meeting Net Zero goals by providing sustainable energy to Northern Meeting Park, sustainable energy to Bught Park and a renewable Energy Centre for Inverness Castle.

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