A charity has called for four historic north-east buildings to be saved.
Conservation group SAVE Britain’s Heritage has branded the notable properties in Aberdeen, including Westburn House, as “vulnerable”.
The group aims to champion decaying properties and publishes an annual Buildings at Risk catalogue – which this year also contains two buildings on Union Street and one close to the harbour.
Liz Fuller, SAVE’s Building at Risk officer, said: “All over the country there are countless numbers of disused historic buildings which could be revived with new uses to ensure their survival.
“In preparing this year’s buildings at risk catalogue, Revive and Survive, we have unearthed a treasure trove of beautiful buildings which tell the story of this country but need action to be taken if they are to survive.”
Four out of the 100 buildings on the list mentioned are in Aberdeen, with Westburn House in Westburn Park featured.
The property was built in the 1830s for David Chalmers, editor of the Aberdeen Journal, who commissioned Archibald Simpson to design it.
The renowned architect created some of the Granite City’s most historic buildings.
The property and park were acquired by the town council in 1901 and were used as changing and refreshment rooms for the nearby sports facilities, before becoming a nursery.
It has also served as a health clinic.
Peter Stephen, chairman of the Friends of Victoria and Westburn Park, said: “Because of the building’s status it cannot be dem-olished.
“We have been trying for many years to get someone to come in and take it on.
“And I think by now parts of the roof have fallen in and the area has been fenced off.
“The building has a very, very, interesting history and we have thought it would have been great as a registry office, since the area would make a great wedding facility.”
Mr Stephen said he was delighted SAVE Britain’s Heritage had taken note of the building adding he “would encourage someone to take on the house”.
The Category A-listed building has been vacant since 1998 and its condition has gradually deteriorated.
Councillors had approved plans by Elgin-based company Liberty Kids in 2016 to turn it into a modern nursery, but the lease recently fell through.
The organisation has labelled the Victorian landmark’s condition as “very poor” and its risk as “high”.
Councillor Tom Mason, who represents the Midstocket and Rosemount area, said: “It’s a classical building and I think if we can find a proper use for it, it can be restored to its former glory.
“It would be good to attract the correct person to get the funding into place and get a champion who will restore Westburn House.
“Anything in that direction would be absolutely fantastic.”
Other properties featured are 156 Union Street which stands on the city’s main shopping street. It is described as being “made of granite and has three storeys with attic and cellars and a large shop window on to the street”.
The report also features the building at 226-228 Union Street, classed as a commercial property and listed as Category C.
Its ground and upper floors are currently for sale.
Finally, it lists 2 Commerce Lane, which was built in the early 19th Century, was once a townhouse near the city’s harbour and has been “vacant for some time”.
Liz said: “It has been vacant for some time and is in urgent need of repair, with both chimneys and the tops of the gables having previously been removed.
“It stands in an area which has a variety of business and office accommodation as well as some residential properties.”