Due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, on instruction of the First Minister, all non-essential construction works in Scotland were suspended on 24th March. Therefore, construction works on Phase 2 of Inverness Creative Academy have been suspended for an initial period of 3 weeks. The site has been responsibly closed down and it safe and secure, monitored by 24 hour CCTV. 

We are very fortunate that significant progress has been made since works began onsite in January, and while works have ceased onsite, the team will continue to progress work during this period, so we are in a position to restart as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, read on to see some of the progress we are delighted to report so far.

The removal of the internal partitions in the hall is now complete, opening up and revealing the original grandeur of the Assembly Hall. The internal scaffold is left in progress for the refurbishment works to begin on our return.

Midmills’ history has being revealed to us throughout the process of stripping out the internal works. We were delighted to find the original parquet flooring still intact in the main hall. We also had an interesting discovery of the school’s old soot flue that used to service the assembly hall fireplaces, found within the walls. 

Assembly Hall before Internal Scaffolding – original parquet floor revealed

In our first blog post we mentioned the external scaffold being erected to examine the original stonework. See below for incredible images of the carved stonework details on the exterior of the building that we were able to see up close.

Should you have any queries about the project please contact us:

Emma Callaghan (Project Development Manager)
Call 0141 553 5890 or email: projects@waspsstudios.org.uk

Get Involved

We are currently fundraising for this final phase which will complete Wasps’ vision to deliver a vibrant creative destination to serve the whole of the Highlands. We have secured most of the money to complete our Midmills transformation, but must raise a final £500,000 to reach our overall target.

If you would like to find out more about supporting the transformation of Midmills, please contact Claire English, Wasps Funding and Partnerships Manager on 0141 553 5890 or email claire@waspsstudios.org.uk.

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