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Aberdeen’s St Nicholas House shortlist revealed

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April 24 2013

Aberdeen’s St Nicholas House shortlist revealed
A quartet of competing visions for the site of St Nicholas House, former home of Aberdeen City Council, have been published ahead of a full report on the site’s disposal.

The design teams behind each bid remain anonymous for the time being but each depicts a number of alternative visions for the city centre site by four potential buyers.

These envisage a range of possible uses for the prominent plot including a hotel, office space or retail - each of which were put before a meeting of the St Nicholas House working group in a series of presentations.

Work to clear the site, which lies directly opposite Aberdeen’s new HQ at Marischal College, is already underway.

A full meeting of the council’s finance and resources committee on 1 May will consider the site’s future.
Aberdeen City Council are remaining tight-lipped on detail for the time being
Aberdeen City Council are remaining tight-lipped on detail for the time being
Aberdeen will be hoping to put the debacle of Union Terrace Gardens behind them for this latest high profile venture
Aberdeen will be hoping to put the debacle of Union Terrace Gardens behind them for this latest high profile venture

Extensive public realm work will form a new civic heart for the city whomever wins
Extensive public realm work will form a new civic heart for the city whomever wins
St Nicholas House is now in its final death throes
St Nicholas House is now in its final death throes

The new scheme will lack the impressive views afforded by the tower
The new scheme will lack the impressive views afforded by the tower

7 Comments

Civic
#1 Posted by Civic on 24 Apr 2013 at 14:25 PM
Were 3-storey minimum concrete columns part of the brief?
Oli
#2 Posted by Oli on 24 Apr 2013 at 14:45 PM
You know what? I can see all of these working (visually at least), though I'm not sure Aberdeen needs any more hotels or retail outlets...
Frank Lloyd Wrong
#3 Posted by Frank Lloyd Wrong on 24 Apr 2013 at 19:14 PM
Wow. A competition for a major project in Aberdeen. What could go wrong.

glazed over
#4 Posted by glazed over on 25 Apr 2013 at 09:22 AM
suspended ceilings and grid lighting a-go-go! At least the renders are honest about the impact of a fully glazed facade - how happy this'll look with the usual office detritus up against the windows.
Nik
#5 Posted by Nik on 25 Apr 2013 at 12:03 PM
I agree with Oli at #2 in respect that it doesn't require anymore retail outlets, plenty units currently vacant. However a 5* hotel in the city centre would be a boost.
Bob
#6 Posted by Bob on 29 Apr 2013 at 09:06 AM
Gordon Mathieson could be head Judge ?
Scott
#7 Posted by Scott on 8 Aug 2013 at 12:22 PM
The City centre needs HOMES! Bring people and families back into the heart of the city!

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