Fort William Buildings Earmarked for Refurbishment
18 September 2009 Fort William
Many buildings in the Lochaber area are set for refurbishment as signs of economic stability and stimulation return to the region.
Some of the most noteworth buildings include the old Fort William High School, reported on in our news 13 September, the former NHS clinic in Caol, and the Nevis Bank Hotel, now under new ownership.
When this is put into context which includes a renewed bid for a town centre regeneration, waterfront development talks, west end planning and building, new housing starts in Upper Achintore and a number of yet un-publicised plans, there are definitely signs of life being breathed into Fort William and Lochaber.
Kilmallie Road is the site of the former NHS community clinic which is scheduled to see council homes being built in its stead. This facility has decayed rapidly since the establishment of the new health centre on the outskirts of Fort William (Camaghael).
Thanks to some forwarding thinking officials in the council housing and social work department, some government monies have been earmarked for building eight new homes on the former NHS site in 2010.
With more than 800 people on the housing register for Lochaber, the move to build additional homes cannot come soon enough!
There are many other Fort William building projects underway or in planning which further signal a possible return to normal, following the past financial crisis which has hurt the local economy.