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Bught Park redevelopment project in Inverness receives six figure investment from Sportscotland

By Will Clark

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A visual impression of what Bught Park will look like when redevelopment work is complete.
A visual impression of what Bught Park will look like when redevelopment work is complete.

SPORTSCOTLAND have given £200,000 towards the redevelopment of the Bught Park Stadium Complex in Inverness.

The project has received funding towards a new ten-team changing facility on an eight-pitch site as it looks to increase the quality of the support accommodation for surrounding grass sport pitches.

Work has started on the redevelopment, with contractors Clark Contracts, who were awarded the tender in an £8.6 million deal, demolishing the former changing rooms to the rear of the stadium in December.

Bught Park plays host to multiple sports from community level youth festival up to regional, national and international matches for shinty.

The venue is currently used by shinty, football and American football clubs as well as local schools. The aim is for the facility to become home to up to 20 clubs and associations.

It is estimated that the work will be completed in January.

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.

The Highland Council’s Inverness City and Area Leader Councillor Ian Brown, and Co-Chair of the Levelling Up Fund Programme Board welcomed the investment from Sportscotland.

“In a significant boost for sports infrastructure, we are delighted to be in receipt of a £200,000 award from sportscotland.

"This strategic investment will not only elevate the quality of support accommodation, but it also significantly enhances the overall sports landscape, reinforcing our commitment to fostering excellence in our sporting environment in the Highlands.”

Drew Hendry, MP, Co-Chair of the Levelling Up Fund Programme Board, said: “This award is a pivotal milestone in the development of Bught Park facilities, as we secure £200,000 investment from sportscotland towards a modern changing facility.

"This support will help us provide a first-class experience for athletes and reinforcing Bught Park's standing as a premier sports destination.”

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.

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