IHBC’s features ‘Heritage from the (construction) doorstep’: Video marks end of Inverness Townscape Heritage Project

Inverness Townscape Heritage Project (ITHP) has released a video to mark the end of the project, which saw £1.75 million in grant funding awarded since it began in September 2015, reports Scottish Construction Now.

image: ITHP

… grant of over £1m…

… Restoration of decorative stonework…

Scottish Construction Now writes:

Officially coming to an end on 31st March 2021, the project aimed to support the regeneration and preservation of the street’s heritage, as well as delivering employability and events programmes. The project was supported by funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) via the Inverness City Heritage Trust (ICHT), and the Highland Council.

Project highlights included:

  • The restoration of Rose Street Foundry. An Inverness Townscape Heritage Project grant of over £1m was a significant contribution towards the total cost of renovations, which included the reinstatement of historic mosaics.
  • Restoration of Blackfriars following a £1.36m investment (£422,606 from ITHP) that transformed the venue into a high-quality pub with boutique letting rooms
  • Restoration of decorative stonework to the Academy Street entrance of Inverness Victorian Market
  • Grant funding was given towards the cost of repairs to 21-25 Academy Street
  • The Shopfront Scheme provided grants to enable businesses to reinstate traditional signage.

In addition to funding for buildings, a total of 2,041 people attended 67 talks and events held by ITHP. These included traditional building skills courses and talks, heritage talks and community engagement events. Highland councillor Jimmy Gray, chair of the Inverness Townscape Heritage Project, said: ‘I regret that we’ve come to the end of the Inverness Townscape Heritage Project but I am pleased that the project has delivered such a positive impact on Academy Street and beyond…’

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