Campaigners seeking to restore a derelict Aberdeen landmark to its former glory have been granted control of the site from the council.
The Save Westburn House Action Group announced yesterday that its bid for the Archibald Simpson-designed venue in Westburn Park had been accepted by the local authority.
The first phase of the group’s restoration project will focus on clearing the Victorian site and putting up a security barrier.
Members will also be working carefully with an archaeological support team to remove debris and archive everything inside the house – retaining whatever original features they can.
Vice-chairman of the group, Adam Simpson, said: “We were delighted when we found out. After 15 months of hard work and late nights it has all paid off.
“It’s really exciting because it’s been a year of putting this together.
“But how much work we’ll get done this year really just depends on how bad the winter is.”
The A-listed Westburn House has fallen into disrepair over the past 20 years,
Refurbishing the property will cost an estimated £300,000 – and £4,720 has been raised so far.
The group is hoping to raise the additional sum through various grants and by lodging applications with trust funds.
Mr Simpson added: “We’re looking to take control of the out centres and make them into a sort of pop-up that people can visit to find out more about the project and meet the team.”
Councillor for Midstocket and Rosemount, Bill Cormie, welcomed the move last night.
He said: “The small group have worked so hard and tirelessly. They’ve been very passionate about it.
“Everything has been against them and it’s great that they’ve succeeded this far.
“I wish them the best of luck and I hope that local businesses get behind them to support them in getting Westburn House up and running.”
Fellow ward member, Tom Mason, added: “This building has been an eyesore for a while now so any action to improve this is welcome.”
An Aberdeen City Council spokesman said: “Aberdeen City Council is now working with the preferred bidder, The Westburn Development Trust, to support their efforts in redeveloping Westburn House and bringing the historic city landmark back into use to benefit the local community.”