Press release - 2 July 2020

Grampian Housing Association and the Torry Development Trust

Site clearing work underway at former Victoria Road School in Torry, Aberdeen

Having been granted planning permission in May, some initial preparatory work has started on the site of the former Victoria Road School in Torry, Aberdeen.

Lawrie Demolition has been appointed under a contract for developer, Grampian Housing Association.  The contractor will be carrying out some preliminary internal clearance and safeguarding works in preparation for construction of new housing on the site.
The work includes the removal of internal debris and linings to make the building safe for further inspections and survey work and it is expected that these works will take around eight weeks to complete.  Project architects, David Murray Associates will carry out regular inspections during the course of the works.
Neil Clapperton, chief executive of Grampian Housing Association said:-


“It’s heartening to be able to see work start on the site in these difficult times and to know that we are still able to respond to people’s housing and social needs.   

However, with work being carried out on the site it is a timely reminder that for health and safety reasons the site must not be entered.  It is a dangerous place even when following safety advice and wearing full safety equipment.”  

In future phases of this regeneration project the two historic school buildings will be converted along with new build.  Up to 50 affordable homes are being provided, a mix of one, two, three and five bedroom houses and apartments set in a mixed soft and hard landscape.  Multi-purpose community facilities, including a small nursery, will be provided in partnership with Torry Development Trust.  In an area where there is high demand for affordable homes, the development will provide quality homes for social rent to meet the varying housing needs of families, couples and single people.  

For more information please contact:

Sandra MacIntyre, Grampian Housing Association

Tel: 07825 142311


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