New £13m school backed by Aberdeen councillors

Aberdeen City CouncilCouncillors have agreed to progress plans for a new £13 million school in the Stoneywood area of Aberdeen.

Members of the Aberdeen City Council’s education and children’s services committee were given feedback at a meeting yesterday on a statutory public consultation process for the new building on the site of the former Bankhead Academy.

The new development is due for completion in time for the 2017/18 school session, which starts in August 2017.

The project will also involve the re-zoning of land to the north of the A96 Aberdeen to Inverness road, currently in the catchment area of Brimmond School, with effect from August 2015.

Funding for the new Stoneywood School has already been allocated in Aberdeen City Council’s five-year Capital Programme.

The majority of those who responded to the consultation were in favour of both the school and the preferred site.

Councillor Angela Taylor, convener of education and children’s services, said: “We are very pleased to see this project moving forward. It is one of several new schools that are being built as part of our capital programme, in addition to a new academy for the south of the city.”

Councillors also approved a finalised budget for a new centre for adults with learning disabilities.

Members of the education and children’s services committee agreed to progress plans for a replacement Rosehill Day Centre on the site of the former Burnside Centre on Mastrick Drive.

Building work on the £4.3m centre is projected for completion in December 2016, with a view to an official opening later in the month.

Councillor Angela Taylor, added: “I think this is a really good news story for the council.

“We are providing a centre for around 80 vulnerable adults with severe learning and physical disabilities, a state-of-the-art facility that will act as a one-stop shop for service users.

“It is also the result of close partnership working with NHS Grampian, and the fact that it is due for completion in December 2016 is great news for the city.”

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