Pupils celebrate first day at new multi-million-pound school

(from Left to Right): Councillor Jessica Mennie and Councillor Martin Greig with Ross Watson, headteacher and some of the pupils at Greyhope School and Community Hub yesterday.

IN a celebratory atmosphere filled with excitement and anticipation, pupils embarked on a new chapter as they entered the doors of the newly constructed £23 million Greyhope School and Community Hub in Torry. The opening marked a significant milestone for Aberdeen City Council, replacing the former Walker Road School and providing space for up to 434 primary pupils along with 100 Early Learning and Nursery places.

The Greyhope School and Community Hub, located on the former Torry Academy site on Tullos Circle, is more than just a school; it stands as a vital community asset. Beyond its role in education, the hub will encompass essential services, including housing support, community learning, health services, and even a library and café, ensuring residents have easy access to various facilities and resources.

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Councillor Martin Greig, Convener of Aberdeen City Council’s Education and Children’s Services Committee, expressed his pleasure at witnessing the joy of the pupils on their first day. He emphasised the enriching environment that Greyhope School provides, enhancing the learning experience for all students. “I am sure that it won’t be too long before the Community Hub is a hive of activity with people able to access key services on their doorstep,” he added.

Councillor Jessica Mennie, Vice-Convener of the Education and Children’s Services Committee, echoed these sentiments, describing the new building as a fantastic community asset for everyone residing in the Torry area. The opening day was a testament to the collaborative efforts of the council and its partners in creating a nurturing environment for education and community engagement.

The construction and fit-out of Greyhope School and Community Hub, which also involved the removal of the previous school building from the site, incurred a total cost of £28 million. Funding for the school build received a boost with £2 million Regional Capital Grant Funding from the Scottish Government, highlighting the collaborative support from various stakeholders.

The successful realisation of Greyhope School and Community Hub was made possible through the efforts of the council’s development partner, Hub North Scotland, with Morrison Construction-Building North East serving as the main contractor and architects Halliday Fraser Munro contributing their expertise. Following the completion of Countesswells School in March 2023, the opening of Greyhope School further underlines the council’s commitment to providing quality education and community services for the residents of Aberdeen.

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