GSA Highlands and Islands: before and after
The campus located at Blairs Steading on the Altyre Estate near Forres provides high-quality research and teaching space and an exciting opportunity for students and staff to research and study in spectacular surroundings.
A 21st century design school in 19th century architecture
The Steading comprises a group of Grade ‘A’ listed Italianate buildings, built in the 1830s.
The buildings have been converted into a GSA campus, providing inspiring studio, workshop and exhibition space as well as state of the art areas for research, teaching, prototyping and flexible lab work.
Scottish awards for quality in planning
The Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning “are one of the Government’s most prestigious awards. They celebrate achievements in planning, from the detail of processing to the bigger picture of creating places which will become the legacy of our professionalism”.
Before and After
Our blog piece from earlier in the year shares some pictures of the restoration in progress:
Spring has finally arrived at the GSA’s Creative Campus in the Highlands and Islands. Beautiful daffodils are sprouting and other plants are pushing their way through the ground.
It’s also a real delight to see new leaves and buds appear on the quince trees in the courtyard – especially after watching their stick-like forms clinging on through winter.
But that’s not the only transformation that’s taken place here.
The campus buildings underwent a major renovation to provide high-quality research and teaching space. Here we take a ‘before and after’ look of the GSA’s stunning new campus.
Since InDI officially moved to Altyre in November 2016, the Creative Campus has also changed on the inside.
Students and researchers have made the studio space their own. It’s great to see all the activity going on there now – research, meetings and teaching. True to GSA’s studio approach, our studio is at the heart of the campus. The studio walls are filling up with examples of work, sketches and plans, as well as the odd Post-it note.
The campus provided a spectacular setting for Winter School in January. Our students and visitors found it an inspirational place for the two–week event.
And there’s still a nod to the original use of the buildings in their new names.
The studio is The Dairy; the exhibition space is The Granary, and our operations base is The Cottages.
This is the just the start of the journey here at GSA Highlands and Islands: being specialists in Design Innovation means that we’re always looking to try new ways of working.
There’s lots of ongoing discussions about the future so watch this space!
Find out more about the Creative Campus here.