Forfar Academy to be demolished by the autumn

The Forfar Academy building in Taylor Street.
The Forfar Academy building in Taylor Street.

One month after staff and pupils decanted from Forfar Academy into the new school at the Forfar Community Campus, plans are now in place for the demolition of the original 1960s building.

The school community arrived en masse on Thursday, February 16, after an extended mid-term break.

Their arrival ended a frantic few months of packing and unpacking as the wraps came off the new building.

Now thoughts are turning to the demolition of the distinctive four-storey building and the school extension.

A spokesman for Angus Council confirmed: “The building will be handed over to the contractor – Robertsons – at the end of this week. Work will begin internally to ‘strip’ the building.

“It is expected that people will start to see the work externally by summer with the building down by autumn.

“The full work, including landscaping, is due to be completed in November.”

Meanwhile, Angus Council is considering the options for the Lochside Leisure Centre which, along with the Forfar Swimming Pool, closed to the public on Monday, February 6, to be replaced with the new sports complex at the community campus which opened two weeks later

At the time Angus Council said: “When any of our properties become surplus to service requirements, we will look at alternative council use of the buildings, marketing them for sale, exploring Community Asset Transfer opportunities or site re-development opportunities.”