Commenced 15th May 2017
An ambitious plan to redevelop a derelict site in the centre of Ardgay village is on its way. It is the most important redevelopment opportunity in Ardgay, located on a prominent site at the entrance to the village and to the County of Sutherland. The project will contribute to wider area economic regeneration by complimenting future private and community sector investment. A community consultation event was held in October 2015 and a community questionnaire was made available for the community to make their views known to the Trust.
This is an opportunity to bring forth new economic activity to Ardgay and to create employment opportunities. It will increase the number of visitors and create a new mixed-use site with a space for public engagement.
Demolition of the derelict Lady Ross building was finished in October 2016 and it is anticipated that work on the new facility will start in April 2017 to create new village square, Business Barn and Art Shed where local artists will have the opportunity to sell their work.
The refurbishment of the neighbouring historical barn will provide a high quality, accessible, affordable and flexible serviced office space for business start-ups, entrepreneurs and for the Trust. The new Business Barn will provide a total of 200 square meters of office space for rent which includes 7 newly furnished offices with a fully equipped kitchen and meeting room, Wi-Fi, printing/copying facilities. The building is just across the road from the train station, local bus service and has access to free dedicated parking.
The masterplan also includes 4 terraced houses that will be developed by Albyn Housing Association and two self-build plots for sale through The Highland Small Communities Housing Trust.
Catriona Hill of CH Architecture is the architect for the project and William Gray Construction Ltd is the main contractor.
For further information please contact Valerie Houston, Project Officer:
T: 01863 766190