Computer animation graduate bringing long-gone buildings back to life

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University of the West of Scotland computer animation graduate Ian Young has been using his digital skills and virtual reality to bring long forgotten buildings back to life.

Following the recreation of Paisley’s Town Centre as it would have been in 1900, Ian has been working on a 360 degree panorama of Glasgow’s St Enoch Square of around the same time. Click on the image in YouTube above to move around to get a glimpse of the square back in time.

Ian told The Scotsman: “St Enoch Square, it’s an enclosed area, perfect for a 360 degree movie, I never knew there had been a hotel there and that really spurred me on, as I realised a lot of other wouldn’t know about it either.”

The St Enoch Station Hotel opened in 1876 and both the St Enoch Station and the hotel were demolished in 1977. The St Enoch Shopping Centre was erected on the site during the 1980s.

There are streets and castles around the country that are now completely demolished. I can recreate that..

Ian Young

Other projects Ian has worked on include the recreation of the Glen Cinema in Paisley, which was the scene of one of the worst human disasters in Scottish history. Ian gifted the project to Paisley Museum for educational purposes and is looking to work with more museums to create immersive views of buildings that we can only visit in a digital world.

“There are streets and castles around the country that are now completely demolished. I can recreate that, but it simply isn’t done by museums and I don’t understand why.

“If the technology’s there, then why aren’t we using it?”

If you would like to commission Ian for a project email him at ianay72@gmail.com

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