Plans to transform former Aberdeen school revealed

From left to right, Bruce Clark, David Fryer, Neil Strachan, David Murray and Ally Spence.

Community activists have released a new sketch showing their vision for a former school.

Torry Development Trust has been working to develop proposals which would see the Victoria Road School building transformed.

The sketch outlines plans to convert the two buildings into new homes with a mix of private and public outdoor space.

The proposals also include the development of a new community hub, which the Trust hopes could become a heritage museum or cafe.

Sketch by David Murray Associates showing Torry Development Trust proposals for the former Victoria Road School.


David Fryer, a member of the Trust, said they are looking to carry out consultation with the public, hear their opinions and let their ideas shape the proposals.

He added: “Our plans show the restoration of the two fine buildings but also the creation of something else that is new that creates a silver and green beating heart on that site.

“High up on our list is to achieve some kind of heritage museum or cafe.”

The fate of the former Victoria Road School continues to hang in the balance after councillors deferred a decision on putting it on the market at a recent meeting.

Councillors had originally been urged to approve plans to see the buildings flattened in December, but this was put on hold after an outcry by campaigners who want more time to develop proposals.

Architect David Murray, of firm David Murray Associates, who has been working with the community on developing new uses for the buildings, said: “There are a number of ideas for how it can be developed. There seems to be a strong requirement for affordable housing that is geared towards older residents.

“But there’s also a desire to have some mixed uses as well, perhaps a nursery, some heritage element, or a community cafe or something of that nature so that people are attracted into the site.

“These are ideas to be discussed with the community and we want other ideas so the final mix is something that meets local needs.”

Councillors will make a decision on whether to put the site on the open market at the next full council meeting on March 5.