Work to restore historic listed building in Inverness complete

A major restoration project has transformed the former Arnotts building on Union Street in Inverness into flats across four storeys.

The development comprises a mix of 53 one and two-bedroom flats, with 31 available for social rent through The Highland Council and the remaining 22 available for mid-market-rent with HHA.

Formerly partly occupied by Slaters Menswear, the listed building has lain vacant since it closed down in 2003, becoming an eyesore for the local community.

Thanks to a £12.5 million investment made by HHA, The Highland Council, Scottish Government, and Inverness City Region Deal, the street has been revitalised.

Forthpoint Ltd undertook the works, delivered on site by local contractor IBI Joiners Ltd, which included the restoration of large areas of the roof and replacement of sash windows.

Funding from The Highland Council was used to restore the original stone façade, which is said to have created a ‘striking’ entrance to the development.

Internally, the homes enjoy light and airy living spaces. All of the HHA properties include kitchen appliances and a selection of the HHA flats have been designed across two floors.

On the ground floor, six units are available as completed by Scottish development firm, Swilken Estates. Four of the units are accessible on Union Street, and two via Baron Taylor’s Street.

Gail Matheson, CEO at HHA, said, “The demand for well-priced homes in Inverness city centre is strong and we are incredibly proud to see the efforts of HHA, The Highland Council and the project team culminate to offer a unique new rental opportunity for local residents and breathe new life into the city.

“In a bid to retain and attract a skilled workforce to the region, as well as aid the Highland economy, it is imperative that we provide high-quality homes. HHA has completed and is underway with a variety of city centre developments that will help to reinforce Inverness as a destination of choice for businesses and residents alike.”