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Highland Council press ahead with Fort William civic hub

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February 4 2016

Highland Council press ahead with Fort William civic hub
Highland Council is to press ahead with an office rationalisation programme, the centrepiece of which will see the B-listed former Fort William secondary school (currently a ruined shell) remodelled as a civic hub, including demolition of a canteen hut and gym.

Designed in-house the £6m project will see a contemporary extension built and interiors reorganised to form a new reception space, registry, council chambers, committee rooms and office space.

Describing the proposed extension, which has already secured planning approval, the council said: “The extension will be simple in form and use a modest palette of robust and sustainable materials. It will be more lightweight than the existing building, with good thermal properties and large amounts of glazing. It is proposed that this is built in structural steel frame with timber infill panels, composite suspended floor and clad externally with a combination of metal cladding and concrete panels.”

The extension will overlook a south facing landscaped courtyard South Facing landscaped courtyard that will double as a flexible function space and break out area.

Completion of the new hub in May 2017 will allow the council to vacate three leased properties within the town centre.
The extension will offer panoramic views of Loch Linnhe
The extension will offer panoramic views of Loch Linnhe

3 Comments

shabbadoo
#1 Posted by shabbadoo on 4 Feb 2016 at 14:23 PM
Nice view from those desks!
And no trouble with permission..... bonus
Nairn's Bairn
#2 Posted by Nairn's Bairn on 6 Feb 2016 at 18:02 PM
A real missed opportunity - two listed school buildings owned by Highland Council on one site, and instead of restoring both they extend & restore one. Surely it would make sense to utilise both? The extension is just the usual meh.
pleasantfield
#3 Posted by pleasantfield on 8 Feb 2016 at 13:03 PM
Almost quite good. At least it removes an eyesore from what is the entrance to a tourist destination.
Would'nt mind working at the desk next to the window. I bet there will be competition for that

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