First images of restored Inverness hospital revealed

WestercraigsRobertson Homes has released the first images of its proposed restoration of the listed damaged Gleann Mor House at its Westercraigs development in Inverness.

The £13 million proposal, due to be discussed by Highland Council’s planning committee next week, presents the vision to rebuild much of the 19th century Victorian hospital, which was damaged by fire in 2007.

If plans are approved the first of 26 luxury townhouses and 30 executive apartments will be ready to move into next year.

The project will create around 100 new jobs including senior managers and experienced tradesmen.

John Murphy, managing director of Robertson Homes, said: “We are really pleased to release these images, which clearly show our dedication to maintaining the integrity of this beautiful building, believed to be one of the biggest structures in the north of Scotland.

“The luxury homes in Gleann Mor House, with an abundance of bay windows, turrets and a raft of unique features, will offer something new in the Inverness market and will complement the modern, spacious family homes we are building elsewhere on the site.

“We expect significant demand, particularly as we near completion of the West Link Road, dramatically improving road connectivity to the area.”

The plans have been welcomed by Stewart Nicol, chief executive of Inverness Chamber of Commerce: “It is great news to hear Gleann Mor House will finally be restored after years of lying derelict but full of potential just a stone’s throw from the city centre.

“After many years of a slow housing market and a lack of jobs in the construction sector we are starting to see major projects get underway, which I believe shows a real confidence in Inverness and the surrounding area as well as a boost to local businesses.”

The first phase of the restoration of Gleann Mor House, 12 luxury apartments, was completed in 2011. Robertson Homes has since reconfigured its plans to replace many apartments with townhouses, maximising open space and landscaped gardens.

Mr Murphy added: “Westercraigs has become known locally as a ‘village in the city’. Our intention is to create a sustainable semi-rural community at Westercraigs, including play facilities, green space and a community. We are also moving forward with plans to upgrade the link road to the A82.”

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