A £2.2million project to provide new student accommodation in Fort William is nearing completion.
The three-storey flats in Camanachd Crescent at An Aird will provide 40 en-suite bedrooms for West Highland College UHI students in the Lochaber town.
Contractor Robertson Northern has confirmed that the development is now wind and water tight and has moved into the final stages of construction.
Work on the new flats started in September, with pre-fabricated timber frames provided by Robertson Timber Engineering allowing the development time to be accelerated despite sustained poor weather over the past three months.
They are now due to be completed next month.
Robertson Northern regional director Frank Reid said: “Despite extremely challenging weather conditions in recent weeks, we have been able to reach this important stage in the development in good time, meaning students can be confident of being able to move into their new accommodation in time for the new academic year.
“By using pre-fabricated frames from our specialist timber frame division, we’ve been able to reduce construction time without comprising on design, quality or cost.”
And he pointed out that this would ensure Fort William’s students would have access to first-rate accommodation well ahead of schedule.
Cityheart is the developer behind the new accommodation block.
Its managing director Mark McNamee said: “The development is particularly exciting for the town.
“It will deliver a boost to the local economy by ensuring students have state of the art accommodation.”