City’s old fire sta­tion fiz­zles out from sight

Devel­op­ment: Com­pany hopes to build 120 homes

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - LOCAL | NEWS - BY STEPHEN WALSH

This pic­ture shows the de­bris left be­hind as demolition crews knocked down a for­mer city fire sta­tion.

Last week, bull­doz­ers rolled in to tear down the old North An­der­son Drive head­quar­ters.

Once the rub­ble has been cleared, a hous­ing devel­oper wants to build more than 120 prop­er­ties on the site in the fu­ture.

The fa­cil­ity was closed 10yearsagoan­dreplaced with the fire house which sits next to it.

Sanc­tu­ary Homes bought the land from the fire ser­vice in Novem­ber and sub­se­quently sub­mit­ted a pro­posal of ap­pli­ca­tion no­tice.

How­ever, the city coun­cil’s plan­ners or­dered the devel­oper to go back to the draw­ing board and carry out more con­sul­ta­tion.

The firm hopes to put for­ward pro­pos­als for 121 homes for af­ford­able rent.

It is ex­pected to be for a mix of one, two and three bed­room homes, con­sist­ing of flats and houses.

The demolition work, which is be­ing car­ried out by Dundee firm Safe­dem, was sup­posed to start ear­lier in the year but was de­layed to al­low a bat study to be car­ried out.

The train­ing tower, where new re­cruits would have learned how to bat­tle fires in a sim­u­lated high rise, was bull­dozed at the be­gin­ning of the week.

The re­main­der of the work is ex­pected to be fin­ished by the end of next month.

De­vel­op­ers con­firmed con­struc­tion could be­gin on the homes next sum­mer, sub­ject to plan­ning ap­proval.

The fire sta­tion opened in the 1960s and was re­placed by the new fa­cil­ity next door in 2008.

The site was pre­vi­ously ear­marked for a retail devel­op­ment but pro­pos­als for a ma­jor Tesco su­per­store were squashed by coun­cil­lors al­most 20 years ago.

Pho­to­graph by Kenny El­rick

OP­ER­A­TION: The old fire sta­tion be­ing knocked down on North An­der­son Drive in Aberdeen.

How the old head­quar­ters looked be­fore work be­gan

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.