VIDEO: Work starts to demolish old Midmills building to make way for new flats

Work is pressing ahead to tear down the old buildings at Midmills near the centre of the Inverness.

Demolition of the largest outbuilding at the campus in the Crown area of the city began yesterday.

Meanwhile, work started to strip the main building at the rear of the site of its windows and other materials.

It is all part of plans to create new housing for older people on the historic site.

The B-listed main building on the campus is due to be brought back into use as studio facilities for artists and others involved in the creative industries.

Dramatic photographs captured yesterday show the pace of change on the site now that work is fully underway.

Initial preparatory work for the demolition started in February.

The buildings used to house Inverness Royal Academy from 1895 to 1979 before becoming a campus for Inverness College UHI.

It has been vacant since the college moved to its base at Beechwood in the summer of 2015, with councillors backing a plan to transform the site in August 2016.

The future of the campus will see specialist housing developer McCarthy & Stone build 53 private retirement apartments for over-60s, while Highland Council will create 30 affordable homes for the over-55s.

Arts group The Wasps Trust is creating a £5million studio in the main listed building on the site.

The non-profit social enterprise based in Glasgow, will convert the main buildings into 39 artist studios and 50 desk spaces for creative businesses.

The facility will provide studios for artists, creative workshops, offices for cultural organisations and social enterprises, studios for creative industries, a cafe, exhibition space, performance workshop, maker space and cinema.

Wasps will initially focus on urgent repairs to the former arts and science buildings in the complex before switching their attention to redeveloping the central building.

The aim is to have the work completed by 2019.