Work is now well underway on the Phase 1 project, which sees the newer of the two listed buildings (Building B), the former Science & Art school, being restored and refurbished to create a purpose built facility for artists.  The main contractor, Elgin-based Robertson Construction, are mid-way through the works on site.

Scaffolding has been erected to three of the four elevations on Building B to allow intrusive investigation of the roof and masonry to take place.  Slates, timbers and leadwork will be renewed as part of the project, to safeguard the future of the building which until the recent acquisition by Wasps was deteriorating rapidly.  Specialist repairs to the original stonework (and replacement of some parts where repair is not possible) are underway.  As the building is B-listed, the works we are carrying out are appropriate and sympathetic to the age and heritage of the building, supervised by an accredited conservation architect.

Internally, we have been able to save and restore parts of the parquet flooring, and have also removed a false ceiling from the old gymnasium, which has revealed the original roof.  We will be redecorating the hall, re-staining parts of the roof timbers, and installing contemporary light fittings to highlight the architectural features of the hall and make the most of the space.

We look forward to updating you again as the project progresses.

If you have any questions about the project, contact info@invernesscreativeacademy.org.uk

The project team:
Robertson Construction Northern Ltd – Main Contractor
LDN Architects LLP – Architects and Lead Consultant
Gardiner & Theobald – Cost Consultants
Irons Foulner – Building Services Engineers
David Narro Associates – Civil & Structural Engineers
KLM Partnership – CDM Advisers
Helica PM – Clerk of Works

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