Ballater station repairs get £100,000 grant

The redevelopment of fire-hit Ballater railway station is to receive �100,000 from Historic Environment Scotland
The redevelopment of fire-hit Ballater railway station is to receive �100,000 from Historic Environment Scotland

A grant of £100,000 has been awarded towards the redevelopment of historic Ballater railway station.

The Old Royal building was destroyed by fire in May, 2015.

Historic Environment Scotland (HES) is supporting the repair of the Royal waiting room with a grant of £107,500.

Aberdeenshire Council previously announced a £3 million plan to reinstate the station.

Thomas Knowles, HES head of grants, said: “We’re pleased to support Aberdeenshire Council in their project to repair and restore the Royal Waiting Room in the former Ballater Railway station.

“The money will allow them to repair the interior, which helps bring the building to life for visitors and creates work for local craftspeople.”

Councillor Moira Ingleby, chair of Marr area committee, welcomed the announcement.

She said: “This is great news for Ballater Station. The Royal waiting room is a significant part of the overall project and the grant money from Historic Environment Scotland will ensure that the restoration is carried out in the best and most sympathetic way.

“The station has long been an integral part of Ballater and its destruction by fire has had a marked effect on the life of the village. It is both a significant tourist attraction and a vital piece of local history.

“Work is due to begin soon and I look forward to seeing the station rise from the ashes.”