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Kingussie ARC project moves ahead

Kingussie ARC project moves ahead

Project Update

The Kingussie Am Fasgadh Regeneration Company (ARC) made another major step forward with their long term plans to redevelop the previous site of the Highland Folk museum in town. At a well-attended information session on 21st May in the Iona Gallery, ARC chairperson Mairi Brown announced that Simpson & Brown architects of Edinburgh have now been selected to take forward, what has now been defined as a £3.8M project.

Project Timeline

  • 2007 : Under Highland Council’s recommendation, the Highland Folk Museum relocates to a larger site at Newtonmore.
  • 2009 - 2010 :  ‘Our Community - A Way Forward’ Community Consultation identifies the regeneration of the Am Fasgadh site as a high and urgent priority for Kingussie.
  • 2011 : Am Fasgadh Regeneration Company (ARC) is formed to ‘acquire and develop the former site and buildings of the Highland Folk Museum, Kingussie, for the social, economic and environmental benefit of the community’.
  • 2012 - 2013 : ARC secures funding to complete the viability planning, acquisition and development of community allotments at Am Fasgadh.
  • 2013 : ARC carries out a feasibility study for the development of the Am Fasgadh site, and draws up its first business plan. The allotments open.
  • 2014 : Supported by the local community, ARC begins talks with Highland Council to secure a community asset transfer of the site.
  • 2015 : ARC obtains its charitable status.
  • 2017 : ARC submits its Phase 1 funding application to the Heritage Lottery Fund. If successful, the funding secured will enable the development of the site to begin.
  • May 2018 : ARC appoints an architectural design team to develop a vision for the redevelopment of the Am Fasgadh site, subject to funding.

For more information see the Arc Facebook page.