Inverness Creative Academy


For over a century, the Midmills Buildings have inspired generations of Highlanders.  In 2018 Wasps embarked on a major project to save these buildings and bring them back into use as the Highlands’ first major creative hub, for artists and makers, creative businesses and the community.

Phase 1 is now complete.  Inside, the next generation of creative talent in the Highlands is to bring the 1913 Arts and Science block back to life.

Support and funding has allowed our client to proceed with Phase 2 of the works to redevelop the academy building and have employed Bancon to carry out these works. 

Scope of Work

This phase of Inverness Creative Academy at the former Inverness Royal Academy, Midmills College includes the refurbishment and restoration of “Building A”, the Category ‘B’ listed principal building on the site to provide new studio and office spaces for the creative industries and a public café including:

  • Rot repairs and reinstatement
  • Roof slating and lead repairs
  • Stonework repairs
  • Repairs to windows and external doors
  • Internal repairs and alterations
  • New mezzanine floors and stairs
  • New partitions
  • Repairs/new all, floor and ceiling finishes
  • New access ramp
  • New toilets
  • New/alterations to heating system and services installation
Once complete the project will create:
32 studio spaces for artists/designers/makers
2 large exhibition/events spaces
Public café in the restored assembly hall
54 workspaces for creative/cultural businesses
26 flexible co-working spaces
Specialist darkroom facility         
Once complete the project will enable:
2 Category B listed ‘at risk’ buildings to be saved
Creative talent to be retained in the Highlands
700 artists/makers & 100 business to be supported
14000+ class attendances & 40,000+leisure visits
109 full time jobs
Opportunities for collaboration and skills sharing

Key Information

Colin Mercer

Construction Director

Colin has been in continuous employment within the UK Building and Construction industry since 1985. An articulated pupil ship with John Laing Construction launched his career that has seen him employed by 5 of the UKs top 50 Contractors. 20 years as a construction planner added to a wealth of multi-sector construction management experience, enables Colin to effectively lead his site teams through the most complex of projects, safely and efficiently. He is passionate about achieving customer satisfaction and developing talent through the UK construction industry.