Plans to create homes for nurses and doctors in Aberdeen take step forward

Foresterhill Court is to be demolished

Plans to create homes for nurses and doctors in Aberdeen have taken a step forward.

A demolition warrant has been granted for Foresterhill Court and the former bowling club in Burnside Gardens, on the grounds of Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

Halliday Fraser Munro submitted the building warrant to Aberdeen City Council, which granted the works worth £100,000.

Grampian Housing Association is looking to build 101 units that would create key worker housing in the city for medical staff at ARI. They were given the go-ahead in 2016

Fraser Buchanan, asset and development manager at Grampian Housing Association, said the project was vital for the region.

He said: “The granting of the demolition warrant by Aberdeen City Council will enable us to progress with the first stage of this exciting housing development to provide much anticipated key worker accommodation for NHS Grampian in support of its aims to recruit and retain vital staff in the North-east.”

Originally, the plans for the site were recommended for rejection by Aberdeen City Council.

However, elected members chose to go against the advice of planning officers and the application was unanimously approved, but with conditions.

Once built, the properties will be allocated to key NHS workers and then would be open to staff from Police Scotland and potentially the city council.

It was originally hoped the homes could be completed by the end of winter 2017.

A spokeswoman for NHS Grampian said it was looking forward to working with Grampian Housing Association.

She said: “We are pleased construction of this key worker housing project will soon be getting under way.

“The need for more affordable dedicated key worker accommodation in Aberdeen has been frequently highlighted and we are pleased to be working with Grampian Housing Association on this development.”