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Aberdeen tenement makes way for city's latest hotel

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May 7 2015

Aberdeen tenement makes way for city's latest hotel
Union Hanover Securities are to press ahead with their second Urban Villa branded hotel in Scotland on Aberdeen’s John Street, part of a nationwide roll-out of the chain that includes a planned establishment at Edinburgh’s Fountainbridge.

The £35m development has been designed by Covell Matthews Architects and will incorporate a Tesco store and restaurant in addition to 182 rooms on the site of a demolished granite tenement block. This will be replaced with a new build block of equivalent scale replacing it, screening an internal courtyard to the rear.

In their design statement Covell Matthews stated: “The John Street elevation has been carefully modelled to create visual interest and will be finished with high quality materials. Granite panels, glass, grey powder-coated aluminium panels in varying shades are used to articulate the façade.

“The elevation at first floor level is set back to the west end to enhance the modelling of the facade and this then continues up to meet the set-back façade of the upper level. The set back at the upper level allows for an open terrace area to be introduced which will be bounded by a glazed balustrade.”

A four-and-a-half star rating is being sought for the hotel.
This tenement will make way for the new venture
This tenement will make way for the new venture

5 Comments

Euan
#1 Posted by Euan on 7 May 2015 at 15:17 PM
The tenement has already been demolished.
Vic Ferrari
#2 Posted by Vic Ferrari on 7 May 2015 at 15:19 PM
More of what is immediately identifiable as Aberdeen gives way to bland and anonymous international-style corporate architecture which makes no reference to its location. Dismal.
John Glenday
#3 Posted by John Glenday on 7 May 2015 at 15:40 PM
Thanks for the update Euan.
boredonlooker
#4 Posted by boredonlooker on 8 May 2015 at 13:31 PM
haven't Tesco been demolished too?
its certainly more interesting than the bland grey tenement.
Peter Atkinson
#5 Posted by Peter Atkinson on 8 May 2015 at 21:18 PM
They were fairly decent tenements. The immediate area had been down at heel for a while, however, so development of some kind should be welcomed.

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