Within the next few weeks the preparatory works will be starting on the Falcon Square Restaurant Development.
“We are all incredibly excited to see this development getting underway.” said Jackie Cuddy, Centre Manager. “It has been in the planning stage, for a while and will transform Falcon Square and economically benefit the city centre.”
Graham Cole from Scoop AM confirmed that the contractor has been appointed and two restaurant operators secured. He said “We are delighted to confirm that the building contract has gone to local builder William Gray Construction and also to announce that we have secured Smashburger and Wildwood Restaurants.” Mr Cole also confirmed that they are in discussion with potential operators for the other two units”.
The comprehensive improvements will also see a stylish glazed extension to the popular Filling Station restaurant which sits at the edge of Falcon Square, facing Academy Street. The extension will turn the focus of the restaurant onto Falcon Square with views into the restaurant through the extensive glazing which will form the extension. The extension has been carefully designed to sit alongside, compliment and integrate with the current architecture of the area. In particular the design seeks to compliment the Grade 2 Listed building which houses Laura Ashley and Pizza Express. This building was originally the Falcon Foundry and during the Phase 2 development was moved. The building was taken down brick by brick. Bricks were numbered before it was rebuilt in its current location.
To compliment the new surroundings to Falcon Square, new planting, lighting and seating will be installed and the whole scheme will eventually sit together with the proposals currently being considered for the improvement of the appearance and usability of the adjoining main railway station.
Local builder William Gray Construction is no stranger to Eastgate Centre having carried out general maintenance at the scheme over the last few years. He commented “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the extension to Eastgate Centre and we very much look forward to working with the team at Eastgate. We have been carrying out maintenance work at Eastgate Centre for a number of years now and we are delighted to be involved in this major redevelopment project which demonstrates both the confidence that Eastgate have in William Gray Construction and a great commitment by the new owners to continue to support the local supply chain. There will be around 45 people employed on site.”
“Inverness represents a fantastic regional opportunity for us to expand in Scotland after we launch our first two Scottish sites in Glasgow and Dunfermline. We found the perfect site at Falcon Square with high footfall and can’t wait to bring Smashburger to the local people as well as support the local community by creating 40-50 new jobs.” said Managing Director of Smashburger UK, Tracy Gehlan.
Wildwood Restaurants whose furthest north restaurant is Edinburgh is looking forward to opening in Inverness where they see a strong local market boosted by growing tourist trade.
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