A charity’s conservation catalogue will feature four of Aberdeen’s most vulnerable buildings.
SAVE Britain’s Heritage, a conservation group that champions decaying buildings, will be publishing its annual Up My Street -Buildings at Risk Catalogue 2017-18. The booklet highlights 100 neglected historic properties across the UK in need of new owners or new uses.
Liz Fuller, Buildings at Risk officer, said: “The purpose is to raise awareness that these historic buildings are not in use and are at risk of wasting away.”
Four out of the 100 buildings mentioned are in Aberdeen, with the Bon Accord Baths featuring prominently on the list.
Liz said: “Bon Accord Baths is an interesting building and case because of the ongoing plans to restore it. The Baths is such a good example because the building has the ability to be used again.”
The historic Art Deco swimming pool on Justice Mill Lane closed in 2008 because of local authority budget cuts. Additional Aberdeen buildings featured in the catalogue are 26-30 Union Street, which is the former Esslemont and Macintosh store, the Victoria Buildings on Bridge Street and 28 Gallowgate, which is the former Aberdeen Voluntary Services premises.
The buildings have either plans lodged for future restoration or are looking for potential buyers.
Aberdeen City Council has applied to Historic Environment Scotland for funding for a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, where 26-30 Union Street would be targeted as a part of the Union Street project.
The Victoria Buildings are a particularly valuable survivor and is now on the market along with 28 Gallowgate.