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Aberdeen office market heats up with speculative vision

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July 12 2013

Aberdeen office market heats up with speculative vision
Titan Investors have taken the wraps off a £60m plan to build a landmark office development in Aberdeen city centre.

Fronting Union Street, where it will replace three existing properties around the Balmoral Bar, the scheme will step down to Justice Mill Lane to the rear to take full advantage of its extensive footprint.

Designed by Cooper Cromar the property, named The Silver Fin, will be clad in granite and rise to nine storeys at its highest point.

Accommodating 130,000sq/ft of office space it will incorporate underground parking, a double height entrance hall and external roof terraces on its upper levels.

Located immediately adjacent to a planned redevelopment of the A listed Capitol Theatre, penned by Keppie, the scheme could commence in summer 2014 for completion in 2016.
A surface car park to the rear will play host to a nine storey block
A surface car park to the rear will play host to a nine storey block

2 Comments

John Grant
#1 Posted by John Grant on 16 Jul 2013 at 23:59 PM
Please, not another ruinous intrusion into the Victorian facades of Union Street. Lip service to granite cladding looks irrelevant from the photographs which appear to be glass facades and the absence of any 'character' is evident - it could be any modern new town centre - better in a new town.
Scott
#2 Posted by Scott on 8 Aug 2013 at 12:05 PM
The building features a simple, regimented order which ties in with the principle of Union Street's restrained facades. I agree that granite cladding would be awful, I'd prefer something funky adding a splash of colour.

Why doesn't Aberdeen deserve modern architecture? There is so many examples of brutalist and simply-mediocre buildings that spoil our city. Why not embrace some modernity and strive to replace these dreadful harled and white PVC-adorned embarrassments?

Whilst a single office building may provide nothing more for the city than a few extra jobs, it will serve as an example for future developments.

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