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Dingwall demolition work paves way for new housing scheme

By Hector MacKenzie

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Developers claim the new development will help breathe fresh life into the High Street.
Developers claim the new development will help breathe fresh life into the High Street.

Demolition work has begun on the site of an affordable housing and retail development set to breathe new life into Dingwall High Street.

The multi-million pound project from property investment and development company, ARK Estates, will comprise two new buildings and one retained building facing the High Street, which will be restored.

The town centre development on the site of the former Picture House nightclub and neighbouring retail unit contains 17 new flats and two retail units.

Six of the new flats will be designated as social affordable flats managed by Highland Housing Alliance while the other 11 are being developed under the auspices of Highland Council.

Speaking on the eve of the demolition works, ARK Estates managing director, Willie Gray, said: "We are delighted that work is set to begin on this exciting new development for Dingwall, which will provide essential affordable housing for the area as well as smaller commercial units which should be more attractive to business owners than the current proposition.

"Since being announced, our plans seem to have been universally welcomed by people in the town who are keen for this run down corner of the town centre to receive a much needed facelift. We hope the transformation of this part of Mart Road and the High Street will be a catalyst for for further development and regeneration."

Catriona Hill from CH Architecture has been commissioned by ARK Estates for the Dingwall development. She previously designed the award winning new Falls of Shin Visitor Centre.

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