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Victorian Market Entrance, Inverness

Client

Highland Council

Location

Inverness

Status

Planning Consent

The Victorian Market is an Inverness institution, and has long been a sought-after location, particularly for small independent retailers. Two Arcades intersect within the city block, creating three spaces which include the Market Hall, Market Arcade and Queensgate Arcade.

After a series of nondescript and piecemeal interventions over the years, the need for a refurbishment strategy for the market was clear.

With the Client and The Highland Council we identified a strategy to improve the overall appearance of the entrance through a careful restoration of the original stonework. Existing dark, smoked glass will be replaced with clear glazing to improve views into the market, particularly from the local train station directly opposite. The focus will be on simple, minimal detailing to help draw the eye towards the historic columns, archways and stonework.

Street presence will be enhanced by the use of subtle uplighting to emphasize architectural details on the façade. Signage will be in the form of simple graphics applied to the glass, while all other signage will be removed in order to maintain and celebrate the integrity of this historic Academy Street façade.