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New campaign to restore Viewhill House in Inverness to former glory

By Val Sweeney

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Viewhill House was ravaged by fire in 2007.
Viewhill House was ravaged by fire in 2007.

THE restoration of a ruined building on the Inverness skyline could take up to five years and cost up to £3 million, it has emerged.

Newly-commissioned reports on the B-listed Viewhill House show some of the walls are in a dangerous condition and would need to be removed but others could be retained, enabling the building to be rebuilt to its original outline form.

Frustration has been growing among community leaders and local residents over a lack of action to tackle the eyesore – located near Inverness Castle – which has stood empty for 20 years and was damaged by fire in 2007.

Impact Hub Inverness, which provides co-working space for entrepreneurs, businesses and organisations in the city's Castle Street, has now joined forces with the Highland Historic Buildings Trust (HHBT) in a last-ditch effort to restore the building – once the home of renowned Victorian engineer Joseph Mitchell – for use as a social enterprise.

* Read the full story in today's Inverness Courier.

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