A huge congratulations to LDN Architects for winning the Highlands and Islands Architectural Association Award for New Life for Existing Building last night!

This award was given in recognition of their incredible work on Inverness Creative Academy, and the transformation of the former Royal Academy building that they oversaw to provide artists’ studios, workspaces for creative industries, as well as publicly accessible meeting, events, exhibition, café, and workshop space.Inverness Creative Academy is now the largest sustainable creative arts facility and community resource of its type in the Highlands and has been developed with, and for, the local creative community. The restoration, carried out by Robertson Construction Northern, created 32 artist studios, a community run traditional darkroom, and a large events space in the former Gym Hall. Externally, an innovative approach was taken whereby existing fabrics and fixtures were reused and repurposed rather than removed and replaced. It also upgraded services in the building to make it universally accessible for the first time.

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