The landscape-led approach to the refurbishment of Inverness city public realm clearly identified ‘people’ and ‘place’ at the forefront of the design process. The city centre now has growing economic confidence, a new café culture and active, pedestrian-friendly streets.
Inverness is Scotland’s newest city and the centre of Highland culture. As such, it is undergoing rapid transformation through development, environment and cultural initiatives.
Largely in response to Inverness’ new city status in 2000, the concurrent rapid growth and development, it was decided to update the perception of Inverness city centre as an unattractive destination and suffering economically.
To this end, The Highland Council commissioned Land Use Consultants (LUC) in October 2005 to develop, design and administer the contract for a comprehensive refurbishment of city centre streets, public realm, traffic management, a new public art programme and new lighting.