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Aberdeen ‘mini-boom’ continues with latest office approval

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January 15 2014

Aberdeen ‘mini-boom’ continues with latest office approval
Aberdeen City Council has granted planning approval to a 20,800sq/ft office development on South Esplanade West, fronting the banks of the River Dee, in the latest sign of confidence in the city’s commercial property sector.

Designed by Keppie on behalf of Robertson Property Grainger House has been named after Olympic gold medal winner Katherine Grainger, who trained on the river in the 1990s.

Martin Smith, development director at Robertson Property said: “2014 looks to be a busy year for Aberdeen, a city which is already experiencing a mini-boom period. We are confident in the local market and see this site as the start of redevelopment of the South Dee quarter.”

The £5m scheme is expected to commence construction shortly with demolition of a disused factory currently occupying the site.
Four storeys of open-plan office space will be built, accommodating 200 people
Four storeys of open-plan office space will be built, accommodating 200 people
Grainger House is being built speculatively
Grainger House is being built speculatively

The River Dee is a popular training spot for rowers
The River Dee is a popular training spot for rowers

4 Comments

Loon
#1 Posted by Loon on 15 Jan 2014 at 13:12 PM
Something very wrong about image 3....
Architects really struggle with public perception. This is why.
What the hell is happening up north? There seems to be absolutely no consideration of context, heritage, quality or style......The River Dee is turning into a corridor of architectural horrors.


Torry Resident
#2 Posted by Torry Resident on 19 Jan 2014 at 18:50 PM
Great view for the people in the homes behind it. NOT!
Kerrie king
#3 Posted by Kerrie king on 24 Feb 2014 at 17:16 PM
It appears that residents in the area are collateral damage! The architect also for got to put in the two boathouses that are approved for building in front of the building classed as an extension to existing boathouse. No consideration to any residents in the area!!! Complaints were lodged but obviously the council purse benefits.
Egbert
#4 Posted by Egbert on 11 Mar 2014 at 13:13 PM
Another minor horror. I'm not sure which is worse - confining these stark cuboids of extrapolated floorspace to endless business park sprawl on the fringes, or inflicting them on the inner city. Here the imposition of generic shiny non-place on a characterful urban river setting is little short of an insult.

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