Plans submitted to demolish former Aberdeen academy

Kincorth Academy
Kincorth Academy

Plans to demolish a former school and help conquer a vandalism problem plaguing neighbours have taken a leap forward.

Aberdeen City Council has submitted a building warrant application to flatten the former Kincorth Academy school buildings on Kincorth Circle.

The school closed its doors for the final time at the end of the last academic year in July, with pupils moving to the new Lochside Academy in Nigg in August.

Since it closed, vandals have been depriving residents in the area of sleep by tampering with alarms inside the building.

Vandals cause ‘extensive damage’ to former Aberdeen school

Emergency services were called to the school at least three times in one week recently, with wailing alarms repeatedly waking up locals after intruders broke in.

The yobs’ antics saw police launch an appeal last month after the former school was again vandalised.

Officers said “extensive damage” had been done to a number of windows and the alarm system tampered with.

In another incident, almost 40 fire extinguishers were found abandoned in a playpark after a break-in.

Catherine Cowie, secretary of Kincorth Community Council, welcomed the news the buildings could soon be erased from the local landscape.

She said: “From our point of view it would be better to take it down so there’s not any more damage.

“Not that long ago it was broken into and the fire extinguishers were thrown all over the place.

“There will be less chance of accidents and break-ins and that sort of thing.

“As far as I’m aware it’s been earmarked for housing and we’re always needing housing in the community.”

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Members of the council’s capital programme committee unanimously approved the business case for the demolition earlier this year.

The site has been earmarked for council housing, although detailed plans have yet to come forward.

Torry Academy is also due to be bulldozed, after it also closed and pupils joined those from Kincorth at Lochside, with that site identified as the preferred one for a new primary school and community hub.

Kincorth Academy, which first opened its doors in 1971, marked its closure with an open day for former pupils and staff as well as a football match between pupils and staff.