Tornagrain is a new town being developed by Moray Estates to the east of Inverness. Part of a broad strategy to meet new housing demand in the Highlands, Tornagrain has been planned for almost a decade. The major master plan was developed by Andres Duany and DPZ, and this was granted outline approval in the summer of 2012.

Ben Pentreath & Associates won a limited competition to take forward the scheme to detailed planning in 2011. Since then we have been working closely with the landowner and with DPZ to bring forward a more detailed master plan for these first 200 dwellings, which include retail and commercial space, recreation grounds and tennis courts, and a school; we are now working on the next phases to the north, east and west, including early designs for the main high street of Tornagrain, planned around a large new town square.

The design of the houses draws closely on the appearance of local towns and Darnaway Estate buildings, combined with more contemporary elements in rear courtyards and mews. The town as a whole allows for a huge variety of architectural scale and language, with the most recent phases becoming more formal in character.

The town founding ceremony was held in the summer of 2015 – the start of a lifetime’s project, bringing an extraordinary new town for the Highlands to fruition.


Moray Estates

Inverness, Scotland

2010 - current

©ben pentreath ltd 2018