The Inverness Victorian Market is a key asset in the heart of the city centre. The Highland Council commissioned Kevin Murray Associates to facilitate a series of workshops with traders and stakeholders and to devise an action plan for the regeneration of the Market.
Kevin Murray undertook a series of interviews with traders ahead of a series of workshops held between November 2016 and February 2017. The workshops were built around the views gathered and from research into other comparator markets. They consisted of a mix of open discussion, a presentation on lessons from other markets to help stimulate thinking, and a prioritisation workshop exploring transformational action.
A key dimension was the collaborative working with traders and stakeholders, aiming to develop a coherent, yet aspirational approach that helps will guide the future of the Market, and enable its fulfilment as a unique and characterful destination in the Highland city.
To help realise this aspiration, KMA produced an Action Plan based on the collaborative discussions
Kevin then presented the outcomes and Action Plan to the new City of Inverness Area Committee in June 2017, where it was accepted as an excellent approach to the continued regeneration of the Market. He has continued to advise on the follow-through stages.
We would like to thank all the participants in the workshops, the market traders, the BID and David Haas at The Highland Council.
Keep an eye out for more change at the Victorian Market in coming weeks and months.