THESE are the first images showing how the revamp of a 19th Century school is progressing.
And developer Unite Students today revealed work on Aberdeen’s former Causewayend Primary School is on course to be completed in June, ahead of it opening to students in September.
Work started on the former school in March 2015 after the city council sold it to Unite Students.
The building had sat empty since it closed in 2008 and had been targeted by firebugs, broken into and had metal stolen.
But now the former school will have 55 rooms for students built within it, as well as 344 in the new-build element of the site, which forms a U-shape towards the north of the building.
The school, which was built by the architect William Smith, opened to pupils in 1876.
Cleaning and re-pointing of the former school, as well as improvements to the roof, have already been completed.
And Unite Students project manager for the development Adrian Muir said students will be able to stay in the building on a short-term basis ahead of its full intake in September.
He said: “It’s progressing really well and it’s a fantastic scheme.
“It’s been great to take on such a historic building.
“It really is an awesome building.
“We are on track with regards to the new build element of the project.
“We started work on the school in March last year and we are on course to be completed in the second week of June.”
He added: “All of the timber replacement works have been completed while the windows are to be completed this week.
“The scaffolding is also now down.
“And the cleaning and re-pointing has been done on the former school.
“Tiles have been refitted and a new roof has been put on.
“When you walk around the building you really get a feel for its style.
“The building is unique but also a challenge to renovate due to its high ceilings for example.
“It has had its challenges.
“We had an issue with one of the gable ends in the former nursery building which became unstable but we have now stabilised the structure which shouldn’t cause us too many headaches now.”
Planning permission for the scheme, which is now estimated to cost around £23.5 million, was granted in December.
The building will have 120,000sqft of floor space with the ability to take 399 students.
Adrian said: “We are looking to take in students in September.
“But first we want to test out the building by offering some short-term stays and we will also invite some staff to work in the building.
“The new-build part of the site is in the form of a U-shape which is a five-storey expansion, replacing the former tennis courts and garden at the school with a courtyard.”
Councillor for the area Nathan Morrison welcomed the progress.
He said: “We had problems in selling the building so this is great.
“It’s very ambitious and I’m delighted to see it on track.
“This should go some way to putting a stop to the vandalism in the area.
“This will also be good in relieving the sheer demand and high pressure for student housing in Aberdeen.”