Aberdeen school expansion work set to begin next month

Artist impression of planned extenstion to Greenbrae Primary School in Bridge of Don
Artist impression of planned extenstion to Greenbrae Primary School in Bridge of Don

Work to create one of the Aberdeen’s largest school extensions is expected to start in January, the council has revealed.

Proposals to extend Greenbrae Primary School in Bridge of Don have yet to be given the go-ahead by planners but Aberdeen City Council is expected to sign off the plans in time to allow work to start next month.

The extended school would provide 330 more places for primary pupils as well as offering an additional 80 nursery places.

The ground floor of the extension would include classrooms, a games hall, a medical room and dining facilities.

A library and new toilets for both pupils and staff would also be created.

The first floor will also consist of classrooms, an outdoor classroom as well as another medical room.

An additional 16 car parking spaces would also be created at Greenbrae School to cope with the increase in staff.

City council finance convener Willie Young said the local authority is investing more than £5 million in the project.

He told the Aberdeen Evening Express: “This is much needed and it shows our commitment to education.

“Everyone in Bridge of Don will welcome this because it’s so needed.

“Greenbrae is just the start of our investment for schools in the city. It’s important to remember we chose not to close Middleton Park School which also shows our commitment to Bridge of Don.

“We recognise there are big housing developments coming for Bridge of Don which is why we are investing.

“Children in the area need the right education they deserve and we want to deliver this.”

A variety of new housing schemes have been planned for areas in Bridge of Don including at Dubford, which is currently being developed, and a proposed 7,000-home site at Grandhome.

The first phase will result in 630 homes.

By 2030, the project could contain 7,000 homes across seven neighbourhoods – but only 4,700 have been applied for so far.

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