Keys to a new social housing development in Inverness city centre were handed to Highland Council yesterday.
The development is in the grounds of the former Inverness Royal Academy, later the Midmills College Campus, next to the new Wasps Artists’ Studios.
The homes will be rented out by the council to tenants aged 55 and over from the Highland Housing Register.
The three blocks of 10 one and two bedroom flats all have level access bathrooms, door entry systems and lifts as well as either a balcony or a roof terrace.
The apartments, built by Robertson Northern, have been designed with internal fixtures and adaptations to assist with the changing needs of people as they age.
The original B-listed Janitor’s House built in 1899 has been converted into a two-bedroom home with many of the original features restored to their former glory.
Inverness provost Helen Carmichael said: “The transformation is very impressive with beautiful homes and great communal spaces and it complements the regeneration of the rest of the site including the newly opened WASP Studios.
“The whole project to merge the old with the new has been a great achievement and will really reinvigorate this historic and desirable area of Inverness so everyone involved should feel very proud of all their hard work.”
Housing minister Kevin Stewart said: “This is an excellent example of partnership working to create new from old, whilst maintaining a strong connection to the local community. The quality of the design and homes is to be commended.”