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Developer counters ‘Carbuncle’ tag with Aberdeen Beach restaurant plan

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February 11 2015

Developer counters ‘Carbuncle’ tag with Aberdeen Beach restaurant plan
Aberdeen Beach is to gain a new restaurant after plans were submitted by Rossnow Leisure to establish a 20,000sq/ft venue on the site of a former fish and chip shop which burnt to the ground a year ago.

Prepared by TCD Architects the design provides space for five commercial units along the esplanade, including a Hornblowers restaurant, with first-floor sea front terraces and floor to ceiling windows.

Terry Taylor from Rossnow Leisure commented: “The design is by award-winning architects and is designed to be modern and sit well in the surroundings.

“We’re well aware of the recent bad publicity surrounding some of the ‘carbuncles’ which have been built or are planned to be built in Aberdeen so we wanted a building which is forward-thinking that reflects the character and materials found at the beach.”

TCD director Steven Lawrence added: “We are designing this facility to provide a contemporary European-style beachfront atmosphere to help promote the north-east of Scotland and deliver an alternative dining experience.”

Work is expected to get underway later this year for completion by 2016.
A variety of eateries, including an ice cream parlour, will be housed in the build
A variety of eateries, including an ice cream parlour, will be housed in the build
Heated outdoor seating areas will be provided
Heated outdoor seating areas will be provided

14 Comments

jimbo
#1 Posted by jimbo on 11 Feb 2015 at 11:34 AM
Oh FFS, really? Come on guys, a first year architecture student can do better than this.
james
#2 Posted by james on 11 Feb 2015 at 12:28 PM
We are designing this facility to provide a contemporary European-style beachfront atmosphere to help promote the north-east of Scotland and deliver an alternative dining experience.”
1. There's that word 'contemporary' again. Can someone please tell me the real 'meaning' of it?
2. 'European-style' - if by this description, what is meant is a stripped-down 1920's heroic period architecture with Alain Delon smoking a gitane in the corner looking from the Normandy coast, well good luck. We is all europeans noo, but might no be for much longer. Clearly, a political statement here.
3. 'Beachfront atmosphere' Ah! By this you mean that all-corrosive salt and wind off the north sea that through a small amount of time will reduce the shiny graphic to the same patina of its dark-grey 'nuclear-winter-looking' neighbours?
4. Alternative dining experience? What? No roll and sausage?
Still, its what you pay architects for... :-)
- brilliant.
Ryan
#3 Posted by Ryan on 11 Feb 2015 at 13:09 PM
Aberdeen hang your head in shame, truly awful..... yet more dross for the sea front.

Tepid Mouse
#4 Posted by Tepid Mouse on 11 Feb 2015 at 13:25 PM
Haha is this actually for real?

“We’re well aware of the recent bad publicity surrounding some of the ‘carbuncles’ which have been built or are planned to be built in Aberdeen so we wanted a building which is forward-thinking that reflects the character and materials found at the beach.”

If this is the aspirations of Aberdeen then I am quite honestly speechless
Auntie Nairn
#5 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 11 Feb 2015 at 13:29 PM
Could someone please teach TCD to use a render package - Artlantis is fairly simple - these raw Sketch-up images don't do the design any favours.
Also, does 'beachfront' not suggest 'on the beach' whereas Aberdeen beach boulevard is divorced from the beach by the afore-mentioned boulevard.
FHM
#6 Posted by FHM on 11 Feb 2015 at 14:05 PM
Oh come on folk, this is yet another example of the excellent forward-thinking, design orientated illuminati who help make Aberdeen the Oil Capital Of Europe.

What stunning vision indeed! To be able to take the amazing beach-front, which our dear City Fathers penetrated with a beautiful wide road, sorry boulevard (with no pesky trees!), and improve upon it with this majestic rendered box is simply jaw-dropping. I love the subtle insinuation of the silver sands through use of an artificial silicone based render, and the cladding of timer / "Trespa" (equal or approved) / zinc is very clever in that they suggest weather-worn materials that may have washed up on the nearby (across the road, sorry boulevard) coastline. I cannot wait till this opens.

Aberdeen, shrug off those silly "carbuncle" blues and rejoice in this majesty!
George
#7 Posted by George on 11 Feb 2015 at 14:09 PM
Well said Auntie! Its hardly beach front when there are cars whistling right past your nose!
First Year Architecture Student
#8 Posted by First Year Architecture Student on 11 Feb 2015 at 15:48 PM
#1 I'm offended.
D to the R
#9 Posted by D to the R on 11 Feb 2015 at 20:53 PM
I love how they've photoshopped in the giant ice cream cone to add that additional layer of realism .... Oh no .... Wait ..... Really!?
Ian Alexander
#10 Posted by Ian Alexander on 11 Feb 2015 at 21:57 PM
Somehow Aberdeen has got to turn the corner and get themselves out of the architectural mire. sadly this will not do. Has the 'carbuncle' award not made the authorities sit up. There is one wonderful example which shows it can be done...the university library.
AF
#11 Posted by AF on 12 Feb 2015 at 13:20 PM
#5. You can't polish a turd.
Gringo
#12 Posted by Gringo on 12 Feb 2015 at 22:09 PM
Admit it, you are just trolling us now Urban Realm!
Simon
#13 Posted by Simon on 14 Feb 2017 at 15:20 PM
This building is now almost completed and it's actually uglier than the pictures....makes the building it replaced look amazing and that's after the fire!!!
Jon
#14 Posted by Jon on 14 Feb 2017 at 15:31 PM
Awful looking building. I am starting to think I live in Dundee, that's how bad Aberdeen is getting! The Beach front looks a tinking mess!

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