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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 retail location, particularly for small independent retailers. Two Arcades intersect each other 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 we identified, with the Client and The Highland Council, the need to develop a refurbishment strategy for the Market.

As part of this strategy the overall appearance of the entrance will be improved by a careful restoration of the original stonework. Existing dark smoked glass will be replaced with clear glazing to improve views into the market, particularly the local train station. The focus will be on simple, minimal detailing to help draw the eye towards the historic elements of columns, archways and stonework.

Street presence will be maximised by the use of subtle uplighting to highlight architectural details on the façade. Signage will be in the form of simple graphics applied to the glass, whilst all other signage will be removed in order to celebrate the historic integrity of the Academy Street facade.

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