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The Project

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The Merkinch Welfare Hall was originally built in 1914. Over one hundred years later, it is now the subject of an ambitious community-led Heritage Lottery Funded project. The project aims to restore the building to its former glory, creating a gym and changing rooms on the ground floor (for the Inverness City Boxing Club) and a community support centre on the first floor. The project will bring a significant building back into productive use, once again well maintained, well used and fit for the future, making a positive contribution to the local community. The transformation of the Merkinch Welfare Hall into a building 'fit for the future' has begun!

The building had been suffering from dry rot as a result of ongoing water penetration and was put on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland. Thanks to the intervention of Merkinch Enterprise, a feasibility study was commissioned from the Highland Buildings Preservation Trust to find a new use for the derelict Merkinch Welfare Hall. The outcome of this work has resulted in the Merkinch Welfare Hall ‘Fit for the Future’ project and a 1.2m building contract is currently underway to restore this listed building to its former glory.


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The objectives are to:

  • To restore Merkinch Welfare Hall
  • To return the building to a viable and sustainable economic use
  • To contribute to the regeneration of the Merkinch
  • To contribute to the economic and social well being of the Merkinch community
  • To enhance understanding of the significance of Merkinch Welfare Hall

Once complete the Merkinch Welfare Hall will provide a new home for the Inverness City Boxing Club and the Merkinch Partnership.

This project could not have happened without the generous support of our funders:
Heritage Lottery Fund, Inverness City Heritage Trust, Highland Council, Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise, Inverness Robertson Trust, Maple Trust and the Architectural Heritage Fund.

Heritage Lottery FundHighlands & Islands EnterpriseThe Highlands Council
Inverness City Heritage TrustThe Architectural Heritage FundThe Robertson TrustThe Scottish Government
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Women in Merkinch Welfare Stairs
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Christmas party in Welfare Hall
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