About the Old Tarradale School Project
A group from the Muir of Ord community has been working since February 2011 to develop a plan to seek agreement for the transfer of ownership of the Old Tarradale School building from Highland Council. The Old Tarradale School Project Group is now a sub-group of the new Hall & Facilities Company and is working with the aim of developing the old school building as a community hub incorporating a café, heritage/visitors centre and community meeting area.At the end of February 2013 a team of development consultants lead by economist Steve Westbrook and a design team lead by architect Billy Reynolds were appointed to take forward the planning, consultation and research needed to formulate both the business plan and the funding application. The Group meets with these teams and Calman Trust on a monthly basis and notes from these meetings can be found via the page link below.
The Group has been in discussion with Highland Council
officials and local councillors since February 2011 and were asked to
produce a business plan for the proposed redevelopment of the old school
building. The group made an application to the Big Lottery Fund and what's called a "Stage 1" grant was recently approved to enable the
Company develop a comprehensive business plan for the project and submit a Stage 2
application. The Stage 2 application would be for the cost of acquiring and modifying the building and establishing the community hub as a going concern.
It is hoped that the business plan will be ready for approval by the Company some time in September 2013.
Other pages about the project