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Crumbling north-east academy in line for £1.7m improvement scheme

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A £1.7 million package of improvements has been prepared to breathe new life into a “decaying” north-east secondary school.

Aberdeenshire Council has published its plans for Turriff Academy, comprising various “necessary repairs”.

The scheme focuses on the site’s north wing, on School Lane, and the west wing on Victoria Street.

Under the proposals, gymnasiums and toilets will be upgraded and a new “fitness suite” will be created to help pupils keep healthy.

There will also be a series of structural repairs and an office building will be demolished.

Papers detailing the revamp plans state: “The original north wing of Turriff Academy appears to have been constructed in the post-war era during the late 1950s, early 1960s.

“As education needs have changed, and pupil numbers increased over the years,
subsequent additions and extensions have been made to the building.”

The papers outline a laundry list of problems with crumbing parts of the school, which will be the focus for the initial stage of the works.”

Windows are described as being “no longer wind and watertight”, and let in the cold.

The single-glazed panes are “fragile and easily broken”, so are deemed to be unsuitable for such a building.

The document adds: “A significant number of windows no longer open or close at all or fully.”

Meanwhile, sections of concrete are missing and areas of pointing are “decaying”.

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