It’s full steam ahead for Ballater’s Old Royal Station revamp

A historic landmark destroyed by a fire could start to rise from the ashes later this year.

Around £3 million is to be spent rebuilding Ballater’s Old Royal Station.

A planning application has been submitted to restore the station, which was once regularly used by the Royal family, to its former glory following the blaze in May 2015.

The fire started in the western part of the building before spreading through the roof void.

Parts of the Royal Waiting Room were salvaged from the blaze, and a replica Royal carriage which had been on display was relatively undamaged.

plans: A proposed layout of the station in Ballater.

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Under the designs, a VisitScotland information centre, public library and restaurant would also occupy the building.

In addition to the Royal Waiting Room and carriage, it is planned for a new exhibition space to extend along the old platform.

Artist's impression of a rebuilt Old Royal Station in Ballater. A public square is proposed for in front of the building.
Artist’s impression of a rebuilt Old Royal Station in Ballater. A public square is proposed for in front of the building.

A new revamped public square is proposed in front of the building.

Work to restore the station is being undertaken by Aberdeenshire Council, architects Halliday Fraser Munro and Historic Environment Scotland.

Planning permission is now being sought from the Cairngorms National Park Authority and it is hoped that, if granted, work could start on site in November, with the station and exhibition space expected to be open towards the end of 2017.

 

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