NEW LIFE FOR CALEDONIAN ROAD SCHOOL, PERTH
Date Posted: 12th of November 2013
Caledonia Housing Association today submitted plans to invest £5m and breathe new life into the old Caledonian Road Primary School, a Grade B listed building which has been lying empty for three years.
A detailed planning application was submitted today for the new proposals by Caledonia Housing Association, which will see the main school building converted into 24 one and two bedroom affordable rented flats. 13 new flats and houses for sale will also be built within the grounds of the school and on the location of the ‘Advanced Department’ building which is being demolished due to its condition.
Designed in 1892 by Andrew Heiton Jnr, the school has lain empty since October 2010, when pupils were relocated to the new community campus on Glenearn Road. Due to the historic nature of the buildings, listed building consent is also required, and the Association hopes that the new plans for the building and grounds will ensure the long term future of the main building, whilst at the same time providing much needed affordable housing in Perth.
Drawings submitted with the application outline how the proposals will ensure that the new properties will complement the existing building and at the same time blend in with the streetscapes of Caledonian Road, Kinnoull Causeway and Alexandra Street.
Julie Cosgrove, Chief Executive of Caledonia Housing Association, commented: “In a time of limited funding for affordable housing it is gratifying to be able to provide 37 much needed properties in Perth, whilst at the same time helping to retain the cultural and architectural heritage of the area. The £5m investment will also provide a much needed boost to the construction industry in the area.”