Reacting to today’s decision by Bricks Capital to lodge plans to demolish The Ironworks live music venue in Inverness to build a luxury hotel, Highlands and Islands Labour MSP David Stewart, who has campaigned vigorously to ensure the future of the music business is protected, said: “People are going to be really worried about what is going to happen to The Ironworks now. It’s a private business but it’s got a huge public interest, so the government must step in, and quickly.”
“This is not just about saving The Ironworks, it’s about safeguarding all the other related businesses that could be in trouble if a new home isn’t secured for the business to move into. I’m told by top industry bosses that while our summer festival circuit here in the Highlands and Islands is strong, it wouldn’t take an awful lot to change that. I look at the young acts that would be losing opportunities to play on the big stage by getting the support slots The Ironworks can give, the touring artists that would no longer be coming up to this area, and the vast numbers of people who will be denied live music with the rawness that only The Ironworks can bring, and that’s what motivates me to carry on campaigning and to continue raising this with ministers and in the Scottish Parliament. I think I echo the sentiments of all music lovers in the Highlands and Islands when I say I don’t care where The Ironworks moves to. As long as it’s here and it’s happening.”
The MSP’s petition is at https://bit.ly/3cwkf2M
Bricks Capital have said they are officially lodging their plans today (Friday, March 6).
The company wants to build a 162-bed hotel bearing the Courtyard by Marriott brand.
The hotel is expected to bring 100,000 guests to the Highland capital each year, with a 90 strong jobs boost during the construction phase.