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Vision for Inverness Castle revamp takes a step closer to reality

By Andrew Dixon

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A central portrait display in the Community’ Advocates Library (Coimhearsnachd) introduces the faces of Highlanders, allowing them to tell their stories.
A central portrait display in the Community’ Advocates Library (Coimhearsnachd) introduces the faces of Highlanders, allowing them to tell their stories.

The ambitious multimillion-pound project aimed at transforming Inverness Castle into a major visitor attraction is taking another step closer to reality.

Workhaus Projects has been awarded the contract to carry out the interpretation for the interior of the Inverness Castle Experience.

The firm will aim to combine creativity, design, technology and craftsmanship to create a world-class visitor experience within the revamped castle building, bringing the vision of content designers Mather & Co to fruition. It is designed to result in an immersive and educational experience that will engage and delight all visitors.

Workhaus Projects has been working within the museum, heritage and visitor attraction sector for over 20 years, transforming spaces into memorable visitor experiences. It has been involved in projects such as St Andrews' World of Golf, V&A Dundee's Tartan Exhibition, Wizarding World in New York and Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

Jim Ibbetson, managing director of Workhaus Projects, said: “With an extensive skill set in-house along with support from trusted sub-contractors, for specialist aspects of the fit-out, it will allow us to transform the Inverness Castle Experience and designers Mather & Co’s vision into reality, delivering a one-of-a-kind fit-out that captures the essence of this project's uniqueness and creativity.”

The castle is expected to reopen in 2025.

Inverness and Nairn SNP MSP Fergus Ewing, co-chairman of the Inverness Castle Delivery Group, said: “We are very excited to be announcing this next chapter in the story of Inverness Castle Experience.

“The construction work is progressing well and the designs for each aspect of the Inverness Castle Experience are fully developed. Workhaus Projects will now begin the process of bringing those designs to life, for visitors to enjoy when the Inverness Castle Experience opens in 2025.”

Fellow co-chairman and Highland Council's Inverness city leader Ian Brown said: “We are thrilled to have partnered with Workhaus Projects, supporting the delivery of what will undoubtedly become one of the Highlands’ leading visitor attractions.

“This project is part of a list of projects planned by the Highland Council which seek to rejuvenate and revamp the region’s cultural and heritage attractions, so that the Highlands can continue to attract and appeal to visitors, for many more years to come.”

The Inverness Castle project is part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal, which is a joint initiative supported by up to £315 million investment from the UK and Scottish governments, the council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands, aimed at stimulating sustainable regional economic growth.

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