Mather & Co announced as exhibition design partner for Inverness Castle redevelopment
Highland Council has appointed Mather & Co to help transform the castle into a world-class attraction
‘Spirit of the Highlands’ redevelopment aims to attract more tourists to the area Credit: LDN architects
Inverness Castle in Scotland is set to undergo a redesign, with Mather & Co appointed by the Highland Council to oversee the major project’s exhibition and content design.
The plans will see Mather consider the whole visitor experience, including what customers interact with before, during and after their visit, ensuring they have a memorable experience and will want to return.
“The Spirit of the Highlands in 100 Stories” will be the central theme of the experience, with Mather tasked with bringing the concept to life in “imaginative and unexpected ways”.
“The appointment of Mather & Co as exhibit designers for the project is an important step in the transformation of Inverness Castle,” said Fergus Ewing, co-chairman of Inverness Castle Delivery Group.
“Their extensive experience in a diverse range of tourist attractions around the world will be a welcome contribution to the development of the castle as a gateway to tourism in the Highlands, as well as a place that locals will want to visit again and again. . ”
The Highland Council aims to use the project to create a ‘gateway’ for tourism to the wider Highland region. The redevelopment is being supported by a £15 million ($20.6 million, €17.5 million) investment from the Scottish Government and a £3 million ($4.1 million, 3 .5 million) from the UK government at large.
Further support comes from the Inverness and Highland City Region agreement – a joint initiative which aims to stimulate sustainable regional economic growth. The initiative is backed by investments of up to £315m ($433m, €368m) from the UK and Scottish Governments, Highland Council, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and University of the Highlands and Islands.
Mather has over 25 years experience in creating tourist attractions and recently worked on The R&A World Golf Museum at St Andrews and Downton Abbey: The Experience.
Chris Mather, CEO of Mather & Co, with Fiona Hampton, Director of Inverness Castle and Sarah Clarke, MD of Mather & Co CREDIT: LDN ARCHITECTS