Dr Blacks Hall is a prominent building on the waterfront in Inverness City Centre.
The building was designed as the community hall for the St Columba Church two doors down. The principal gathering space takes up the whole of the first floor. Large windows look out over the river and the room has a vaulted ceiling that is with exposed king post trusses making a beautiful feature.
The building has been unoccupied for a number of years. Designed and built before the first world war, adapting the building for 21st century requirements is a difficult challenge. Lack of disabled access, suitable toilets and no insulation to name just a few of the obstacles. It could put off potential users.
Historic buildings are most at risk when they are not occupied. The building fabric deteriorates due to a lack of heat and regular maintenance.
We are delighted to be working with a local community group to find a new use for the building. We are assessing options for transforming the building into a new, vibrant cultural centre.
The property is an important historical monument and is protected with a Grade C listing.