Construction work starts at Inverness city centre park

Construction work starts at Inverness city centre park

Artist's impression of the new look Northern Meeting Park in Inverness (Photo credit: Highland Council Design Consultancy)

A refurbishment project at Northern Meeting Park in Inverness gets underway this week.

The work is going ahead as one of three projects along the River Ness in Inverness being supported with almost £20 million from the UK Government’s Levelling Up Fund.

Lead contractor Morrison Construction commenced some enabling works before Christmas within the park area to erect tree protection fencing and site office installation.

The full construction works started this week, with completion planned for December 2024.

The works will comprise of:

  • The refurbishment and preservation of the Victorian grandstand
  • Improved access to city centre green space
  • Enhanced sporting and cultural facilities
  • A new community pavilion
  • Improved infrastructure for local and major events.

The projects will boost the city’s sporting and cultural attractions, preserve key heritage assets, help attract more tourists and assist in achieving net zero carbon targets.

The Highland Council’s Inverness city and area leader Councillor Ian Brown, and co-chair of the Levelling Up Fund Programme Board, said: “The park is a significantly important part of Inverness and the wider Highlands’ history - known for decades as the place to meet and gather to enjoy sporting activities and events.

“I am proud that the council’s plan, for refurbishment of the grandstand and improved facilities for use by future users of the park, has come to fruition with thanks to the Levelling Up Funding.”

All three Levelling Up Fund projects will support the UK Government’s Net Zero Carbon agenda by providing sustainable energy to Northern Meeting Park, sustainable energy to Bught Park and a renewable Energy Centre for Inverness Castle.

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