RGU Masterplan

Update on the Project

The students ideas have been published in a booklet.  The aim is to generate discussion and interest in Banchory's future, so that an agreed long term vision for Banchory can be adopted into future local plans.   The booklet contains a questionnaire for feedback on the ideas presented.   You can pick up a booklet from Banchory Town Hall Foyer, Banchory Library and Raemoir Post Office.

A Public Presentation of Plans drawn up for the future development of Banchory took place in Banchory Town Hall on Friday July 2nd from 1pm to 9pm.  The feedback from the exhibition is here.

If you were unable to give your feedback at the exhibition, Banchory Community Council and Banchory and District Initiative would still like to hear your opinions on the ideas which were presented. You can send your comments to info@banchory.org or visit Facebook - Banchory.


In 2009 Banchoriy and District Initiative Limited (BDI) invited Robert Gordon University (RGU) to develop a series of “master plans” for Banchory and the surrounding area. .  Thursday 5th November 2009 marked the start of this on-going program of study, research and design work by R.G.U. Scott Sutherland School of Architecture final year students.  

The students have come up with a series of ideas for the community and the council to consider in an informed debate. Given the number of issues that emerged in Making it Real and the Town Forums concerning housing development locations, Banchory Academy, a possible relief road, town centre redevelopment and sports pitches, there is an urgent need for a Banchory “master plan” as envisaged by the Council’s developer contributions policy. 

RGU’s final year students worked on this for the university year 2009/10. It is hoped that many of the issues affecting Banchory development can be highlighted through the RGU studies. Using the Town Forum mechanism, BDI will ask the community to consider the suggestions made and develop a view for discussion with Aberdeenshire Council, landowners and developers.

The main exercise was completed around mid April 2010 involved drawings and plans which were on display to the public at an open meeting in the Town Hall on July 2nd from1pm to 9pm.   A model of the area has been built and was also on display for public view. 

Robert Gordon University of Aberdeen News - Architecture student project designs Banchory Masterplan 29 March 2010


High Street (RGU) Scott Skinner Square (RGU) Cyclepath