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Torry school saved by affordable homes commitment

September 21 2018

Torry school saved by affordable homes commitment

Grampian Housing Association (GHA) and Torry Development Trust have been selected by Aberdeen City Council to develop the site of an historic granite school.

The future of the former Victoria Road school in Torry has lain in doubt since it was closed in 2008 but its future now looks bright with a pledge to retain and repurpose the original buildings for affordable housing.

Initial proposals by David Murray Associates advocate conversion of the existing school buildings together with reinstating the original roof profile and limiting car parking to the site fringes.

In a statement the association wrote: “The site will be open, accessible and useable by all of the community - these buildings are a community asset after all, and should remain that way even after conversion.

“Removing unoriginal features such as the replacement roof on the main school building is proposed, and reinstating it to its original profile. In addition, existing buildings of no architectural merit such as the utilitarian sheds to the west will be demolished to clear room for new development, benefitting the project’s overall viability.”

A community consultation will now take place for the plans, which also include a nursery and community space.

A green 'heart' will be created at the centre of the site
A green 'heart' will be created at the centre of the site

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