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Tullos Primary School

A fine Art Deco building between Tullos and Torry in Aberdeen, Tullos Primary School is situated just to the north of the East Coast mainline railway, 1¼ miles (2 km) southeast of the city centre. It comprises an exceptionally long low two-storey block, with curved ends and a central glazed semi-circular stair tower which rises a half-storey higher. A canted canopy runs along between the south side of the building between the floors. Faced in granite ashlar, the school was begun in 1937, the work of local architect J. Ogg Allan (1870 - 1955), and substantially complete by the outbreak of war in 1939, but did not open until 1950. Brogden explains in his Illustrated Architectural Guide that "curiously enough it was intended that Tullos School have a piended slate roof, but wartime restrictions required that the cheaper alternative of a flat roof be used instead. This is one instance when budget constraints ensured a better building." Run by Aberdeen City Council, this non-denominational school comprises both nursery and primary departments, with a roll of 333 pupils (2009). The building is spacious with wide corridors and good accommodation which continues to meet modern educational needs. The school was awarded green flags for their contribution to the environment and sustainability in 2005 and in 2008.


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