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Press release - 24 June 2019

Grampian Housing Association 

Ownership of Victoria Road School in Torry transfers to Grampian Housing Association

A milestone has been reached in the regeneration of the former Victoria Road School in Torry, Aberdeen.  

Transfer of ownership of the site has now completed and the keys have been handed over to the new owner, Grampian Housing Association.


In September 2018, Aberdeen City Council announced Grampian Housing Association as the preferred bidder in a partnership project with Torry Development Trust (TDT).  


Neil Clapperton, chief executive of Grampian Housing Association said: 

“It is an exciting day being able to finally announce that Grampian is the new owner of this site.  Through our partnership with Torry Development Trust we welcome the opportunity to work with the people of Torry to present a shared regeneration proposal.  Our plans will bring together affordable housing and community facilities to breathe new life into the heart of Old Torry.


“However, the first steps will be to follow through on our initial commitment to make sure that the buildings are wind and watertight.”   


The development will provide quality affordable homes to meet varying housing needs including families, couples and single people.  It will assist people who want to stay in a new setting on Victoria Road and when complete, will also include community facilities. 


The partnership approach by Grampian Housing Association and Torry Development Trust aims to secure the restoration and reuse of two fine structural sound granite buildings for future generations.


Notes to Editors

Grampian Housing Association’s overall strategy is to develop sustainable communities, with a balance of tenure types including social housing, mid-market (affordable) and market rent as well as low cost home ownership (part buy, shared equity).  

With homes suitable for single people, couples, families, the elderly and people with special needs we aim to meet the housing needs of a wide range of client groups.


In recognition of the link between housing need and other forms of social exclusion we also provide money advice and debt counselling, housing support, routes into work and support the development of community facilities.

Services for the voluntary and public sectors include business development, environmental services, office accommodation and a health centre.


Development Trusts

Joint projects involving development trusts and housing associations are nothing new and this initiative follows on from the achievement of Helmsdale and District Development Trust in the North of Scotland, and Mull and Iona Development Trust on the islands.  Further details of these achievements, and the 250 Development Trusts across Scotland can be found on the DTAS website at   

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