Centre of Inverness to be enriched in £6m scheme

A Scottish city is set to undergo significant change.

A £6m project to transform Inverness city centre looks set to begin this summer. Land Use Consultants is going through the detailed design stage, with landscape architects aiming to “enrich” the city’s image. Principal landscape architect Martin Tabor of Glasgow-based LUC said: “We hope the whole site will offer a more enriched experience. It will be more enjoyable as well as giving more room to pedestrians.” The plans include shared pedestrian and cycle ways, vehicular surfaces, street signage and furniture, handrails and accessories. Tabor said pavements will be extended to improve footways and increase the size of some hard landscaped public areas. “We hope to increase the facilities to allow some street events. A number of retail units have closed, so we hope this will increase the take-up of redundant buildings and increase new types of shops,” he added. Plans include improving streets that date from medieval to modern times, with main thoroughfares repaved with Caithness flagstone and granite kerbs. Smaller streets will have cobbles to suit their age. New street furniture is planned, as well as ornamental lights on some buildings and monuments.

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