Aerial images show new £47 million Aberdeen secondary school taking shape

New aerial images reveal how a ​£47 million academy in Aberdeen is taking shape.

Work is well under way on the new Lochside Academy currently being built on a site between Redmoss Road and Wellington Road in Nigg.

Photos of the school’s progress show the main structure of the building is now in place.

The four-storey facility will be capable of accommodating up to 1,350 pupils from the Torry, Kincorth, Cove and Nigg areas.

The new education hub will have a special focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Aside from classrooms, the site will also include an incorporated dance studio, fitness suite, games hall, six-lane swimming pool and an adjacent garden and 3G pitch.

Councillor John Wheeler, education and children services convener, welcomed progress on the site.

He said: “It is fantastic to see Lochside Academy taking shape and, having seen the latest images, I’m sure the anticipation of pupils and staff will be growing at the thought of moving into their modern, purpose built home”.

At present the school project is £15m over budget, that comes after the council originally said the construction would cost £32m.

The design of the building and ground conditions at the site were said to be behind the increase in costs.

It is due to open in time for the August 2018 school term.