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Inverness Castle tender issued for exhibition and content design partner

High Life Highland has issued a tender for an exhibition and content design partner as part of the transformation of Inverness Castle.

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High Life Highland is the managing agent for a project to turn Inverness Castle into a state-of-the-art visitor attraction in the Scottish Highlands.

The managing agent has issued a tender for an exhibition and content design partner, which invites companies to develop and explore the ‘Spirit of the Highlands’.

The tender’s key elements include an emphasis on music, language and the environment, using technology such as projection mapping, holography, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

It also asks companies to interpret the footprint of the castle and its grounds, including retail and dining, gardens, corridors and toilets.

Inverness Castle will be ‘must-see’ attraction

Designers can imagine a digital storyteller to guide visitors, as well as an impressive feature in the main courtroom of the South Tower at Inverness Castle.

The tender requests an inclusive and flexible visitor experience, and a wide variety of multi-sensory experiences, including interactive and immersive content.

Companies can also incorporate a ‘Great Tapestry of the Highlands’, which is being developed with the team behind the ‘Great Tapestry of Scotland’.

Another element of the tender involves potentially letting the castle’s North Tower to a third party tenant as a visitor attraction.

Scottish Highlands visitor experience

Inverness Castle’s transformation project is supported by £15m from the Scottish Government and £3 million from the UK Government.

High Life Highland said the project “will support economic growth throughout the Highland area, creating a sustainable, viable and ‘must-see’ attraction that will celebrate the spirit of the Highlands”.

Elsewhere, the £50m revamp of Merthyr Tydfil’s Cyfarthfa Castle is moving forward following a £1.2m funding stimulus from the Welsh Government.

Cyfarthfa Castle will feature a museum within 100 hectares of public park. The ‘Cyfarthfa Plan’ was commissioned by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council.

The full notice for the Inverness Castle tender is available at Public Contracts Scotland.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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