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Towering Plans for Inverness

April 25 2008

Caledonian Property Partnership have unveiled their proposals for a multi million pound mixed tenure housing development on the south Kessock waterfront of Inverness, which could see around 190 new residential properties being added to the Inverness housing sector over the next five years.

The development plan also includes a centrepiece “landmark building”, inspired by a lighthouse. The building’s final height has yet to be revealed, but has been touted as potentially the tallest building in the Highlands, offering views over the River Ness, the Moray Firth, northwards to Ben Wyvis & the Kessock Bridge and potentially Loch Ness and the mountains to the West.

The proposed development by the partnership utilises a traditional brown field site currently used for industrial and commercial use which is in some areas lying dormant.

The outline proposal, which was revealed to the local community at a public exhibition at the Merkinch Community Centre, includes a mix of social, key worker and private housing and would be linked to the city centre by a new waterside walkway.

The designs for the development have been prepared by Inverness based architects Colin Armstrong Associates.

“We firmly believe any regeneration and redevelopment of the waterside at the edge of South Kessock, combined with The Inverness Harbour development further down stream, to be a positive development for the City of Inverness,” said a spokesman for Caledonian Property Partnership.

Colin Armstrong from Colin Armstrong Associates added, “We would stress that the artist¹s impressions represent only one possible reflection of the final proposals but we firmly believe that the site offers an opportunity to create an iconic landmark building as part of the wider waterfront proposals.”

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