Construction work to begin on £35m revamp of Inverness Castle

CONSTRUCTION work is set to begin on the £35 million renovation of Inverness Castle next week, The Highland Council has confirmed.

Bancon Construction will lead works on the transformation of the 19th century building into a ‘gateway for Highland tourism’.

It will see the construction of a new building to link the castle’s two towers, expansion of existing rooms, and extensive transformational works. Once completed, the revamped castle will feature displays, a restaurant and cafe, retail outlets, and host year-round events.

Initial hoardings are now being set up around the castle. The first phase of the project will see the installation of new external services – such as water and electricity, as well as preparations for the site complex.

Internally, work will concentrate on stripping out and creating new structural openings throughout the building.

Director of the Inverness Castle project, Fiona Hampton, commented, “We’re thrilled that work is beginning on site and we look forward to sharing updates on how the work is progressing over the next two and a half years.”

Bancon Construction’s contract will run for two and a half years, to be followed by the fit-out of the new visitor experience, meaning that the visitor attraction will have a planned opening date in 2025.