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New lease of life for Inverness city centre


By Gregor White

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Kenny McKenzie(left) and John MacBean of Graham and Sibbald at the former Arnotts building.
Kenny McKenzie(left) and John MacBean of Graham and Sibbald at the former Arnotts building.

Plans are in the pipeline to bring a dose of “café culture” and dozens of new flats to a largely disused site at the very heart of Inverness city centre.

Plans lodged with Highland Council this week will see the former Arnotts building on Union Street transformed into 57 flats, provided in conjunction with an affordable housing provider, and new street-level shopping units.

Boarded-up units in Baron Taylor’s Street will be redesigned, with shopfronts facing onto the street offering opportunities for new bars, cafés and restaurants.

The ambitious scheme, from Edinburgh-based Swilken Estates, will aim to mirror successful commercial and residential areas in other cities such as Glasgow’s Ashton Lane and Royal Exchange Square.

See the Inverness Courier for more details.


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