A communal garden on the site of an old Aberdeen prison has officially been opened by Scottish Housing Minister Kevin Stewart MSP.
The site at the old Craiginches Prison was designed by a student from Robert Gordon University’s Scott Sutherland School of Architecture.
Lina Khairy’s Break Free design topped a public poll of Torry residents. Her design includes the face of the old prison clock and granite blocks from the perimeter wall.
Lina, now in her third year of studies, said: “It must have been very saddening to see this wall come down but at the same time very liberating – that’s how I came up with Break Free. The design is quite simple. I basically reconstructed the wall but in a way that’s more interactive.
“The wall will be quite bulky at one end but slowly break down as it progresses through the garden.
“The people of Torry will be able to sit, relax and play around this wall.
“It is overwhelming to finally see the design in real life after being on paper for so long. I’m am so thrilled. I do hope that the garden will always remind the people of Torry to always break free of their constraints just like they ‘broke free’ when the prison wall came down.”
Housing provider Sanctuary created the garden alongside the 124 affordable homes it is building in partnership with the Scottish Government and Aberdeen City Council.