Aberdeen student housing planned for school site

Aberdeen student housing planned for school site

A derelict school building in Aberdeen is set for a £20 million transformation into student accommodation for 400 people under plans by a UK property developer.

Unite Students has bought the grounds of the listed Causewayend School after receiving planning permission last December. It is to create 60 bedrooms within the walls of the 19th Century school and build the rest in a new six-storey block.

Unite Students managing director of property Richard Simpson said: “Aberdeen has a large and growing student population and there is a critical shortage of purpose-built student accommodation.

“We are pleased to be able to help ease the pressure on the local student property market and provide a safe and secure home for students that supports their success, as well as regenerating a listed local landmark which has remained derelict for some time.”

Aberdeen Council’s housing convener Cllr Neil Cooney added: “Student accommodation is at a premium in Aberdeen and so this important new development will make a significant difference in this sector of the market.

“The city council has well-developed policies and plans in place to address the shortage of affordable accommodation in the city, including in the rental sector, and I am delighted that Unite is ready to develop the Causewayend site to help us achieve our aims.”

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