A popular north-east garden centre has submitted an offer to purchase the former Cordyce School building.
Parkhill Garden Centre and Seasons Coffee Shop, which is located just off the B977, has put in an offer to Aberdeen City Council take over the former school building, which was set on fire by teenagers last November.
The school site is already at the centre of plans by Aberdeen boxing champion Lee McAllister to create a £10 million health and fitness village.
Bosses at the garden centre have cited issues with the new AWPR route as the reason behind their possible move. If the offer for the school is accepted, it would see the garden centre moved to the Riverview Drive premises.
It would also see the business expanded, with the addition of free community allotments, a horticultural classroom for groups and schools, a children’s play area and a farmer’s market.
Gordon McGillivray, joint owner of Parkhill Garden Centre, said: “We have put in an offer for the former Cordyce School site.
“Parkhill is already a popular venue used as a meeting place for local people and businesses.
“It would be even more accessible at Cordyce for those who walk or are dependent on public transport.
“The previous B977 Dyce to Balmedie road was there when our nursery business moved in 1984 from Allenvale to its present site.
“Prior to the AWPR the original road was on the same level as the garden centre, there was a forest at the opposite side of the road and our own tree shelter belt at our side of the road.
“This gave complete protection from the prevailing winter winds from the west.”
The new road has been elevated to rise up, which has left the centre exposed to the winds, which is blowing salt on to the premises in winter, and knocking plants off displays in the summer.
Gordon said: “We have been aware of the possible problems from the AWPR scheme for some considerable time but we were continually told by Transport Scotland that no decision could be reached before the scheme was finished.
“The artificial wind break has not been successful.
“Due to our inability to display plants outside for sale, throughout the road salt spreading season, we cannot continue to trade profitably through the winter months.”
The company is hopeful that members of the public will lend their support to the proposal and the hardworking staff, with the hope that more job opportunities could be created in the move to Dyce.
Meanwhile, boxer Lee McAllister has also submitted an application to Aberdeen City Council for the Cordyce School premises.
The “Aberdeen Assassin” has proposed £10 million plans to turn the disused school into a health and fitness village.
It would see the facility as a location for children and adults with disabilities, recovering cancer patients, people with mental health issues, recovering drug and alcohol addicts and the homeless.
Proposals for the site include a multi-purpose gym and a pool.
The boxer said: “If we win the bid and they are willing to work together we’d be more than happy to work alongside them.”
A Transport Scotland and Aberdeen City Council declined to comment.