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Historic Aberdeen site to be given a £40m facelift

A historic Aberdeen site is set for a massive facelift after lying derelict since the 1970s.

Plans for a £40m office block at the site of Aberdeen’s historic Triple Kirks, built in the 1800s, have been backed by councillors in a plan that will see the ruined facade knocked by the site’s iconic spire remain.

Development Management sub-committee members supported the Stewart Milne Developments scheme to create a development of up to nine storeys, comprising four integrated blocks, by seven votes to four.

The office blocks will create 6,750 sq m of net floor space, with pedestrian access from Schoolhill, and parking space for 44 vehicles, accessed from Denburn Road.

Block 1 will face Schoolhill and Denburn Road and will be seven storeys high viewed from Union Terrace Gardens and five storeys viewed from Schoolhill. It will feature a further glazed upper storey, set back from the main façade.

Block 2, immediately north of the spire, will be nine storeys high with the top floor set back, and will face the gardens.

Block 3 will be behind the spire and block 4 to the south of the spire.

Materials will include dark grey glazed curtain walling with granite surrounds, cladding panels with a steel finish which weathers naturally to a rust colour, and granite cladding.

Stewart Milne Developments will progress the project and managing director Malcolm Deans said: “With planning consent granted, we will be actively marketing the development and are confident that, with the current lack of office space of this quality and stature, we will secure a high profile pre-let.”

Sub-committee convener Councillor Kate Dean said the past 30 years had seen a series of developments proposed for the prominent site, none of which had come to fruition.

She said: “There has been a desperate need for decades to do something with this site, which has been a scar on the cityscape for far too long. I think this is a good development which will enhance the area, with the glass reflecting the buildings round about, and which will retain the historic spire.”

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