A campaign group has welcomed news the council plans to rent out an Aberdeen landmark – and said it will announce its move “soon”.
Aberdeen City Council has confirmed Westburn House, which has fallen into a state of disrepair in recent years, is now on the market.
The local authority is on the hunt for a long-term leaseholder to take over the building, in the hope it will be renovated and returned to use.
Save Westburn House has been campaigning to rescue the structure and also harboured plans for a community asset transfer which would see the house being turned into a community hub.
In a statement, chairman Gavin Esslemont assured supporters the group had not abandoned plans to take control of the building.
He said: “We continue to build our feasibility and business plan, consult with the community and seek funding to support early development support, building restoration and laying the foundations for a sustainable, long-term future once the building has been restored.”
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Vice-chairman Adam Simpson also said the group plans to make its vision public “soon”.
According to Mr Simpson, the vision for Westburn House has been dictated by a recent survey of city residents into what they would like to see done with the historic landmark.
The category A-listed building was designed by renowned city architect Archibald Simpson and built in 1839.
Westburn House has been on Scotland’s Buildings at Risk register since 2004.
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “Following a survey of the building we have now put Westburn House on the market, offering a long-term leasehold to interested parties who are able to submit viable economic plans that could see the building renovated and returned to use.
“In marketing the property we are not driven by financial considerations but by a desire to see this wonderful building restored to its former glory and functioning as an asset to the people of Aberdeen.”