A petition has been launched to demonstrate support for saving a former Aberdeen school building.
Councillors voted in March to put the former Victoria Road School in Torry on the market.
Torry Development Trust has been working on plans to see the historic school building – which dates back to 1878 – turned into affordable housing.
David Fryer, member of the trust, said it has launched both a paper and online petition calling for Aberdeen City Council to work with it to save the granite buildings.
He added: “The petitions are really another measure to show there is support for the plans.
“We’ve been forced into a bidding route with private developers. We’ve got to get a bid or our ideas don’t get a look-in.
“We want to work with the council on this.”
The council has announced a deadline of August 14 for interested parties to submit their proposals.
Co-leader of the local authority, Douglas Lumsden, said he had a productive meeting with the trust on Monday.
He said: “They came to our group meeting to give us an update on where they were. It looks like their plans are progressing really well and that they will have their proposals all ready for the middle of August.
“They seemed quite content and happy enough.”
Mr Lumsden added that when it comes to weighing up bids, a “number of factors” will be considered.
He said: “It’s best value so it’s not just monetary value because we will also be looking at the benefits to the community.
“It’s best value not best price.”
The trust – which plans to retain the granite buildings – also has aspirations for a community space on the site such as a nursery, cafe and a heritage museum.
In December, councillors had been urged to approve proposals to see the buildings flattened but this was put on hold after an outcry by campaigners.
The online petition can be signed at bit.ly/2N2OzEB