Kildrum school to be de-listed

The former Kildrum Primary School hall
The former Kildrum Primary School hall

STEPS are being taken which could finally see the disused former Kildrum Primary School hall demolished.

The structure, which has become nothing more than an eyesore in recent times, has “listed building” status as it was designed by celebrated architects Gillespie, Kidd and Coia.

However, Historic Scotland has responded to a request from Councillor Tom Johnston that the status be removed, saying that the change will be considered.

Councillor Johnston said: “This is good news. Historic Scotland clearly accept that the heritage value of this Coia building plummeted when the main Coia-designed part of the campus was demolished.

“Hopefully, we can now demolish what has sadly just become and eyesore. The building is a danger to children and a potential magnet for vandals.

“Happily, Kildrum still has a major example of Coia’s work in the shape of Sacred Heart Church.”

Officials from Historic Scotland visited the site on September 1 to produce an interim assessment, which recommended dropping the hall from its current rating as a ‘building of special architectural or historic interest’.

In a letter to Councillor Johnston, Rohan Banyard, designations manager, said: “The building is in a poor condition having suffered from vandalism and water ingress and, whilst condition is not usually taken into account, the result is much of the internal detailing has been lost.”

The letter confirmed that a formal consultation will now be launched.