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September 14 2015

Union Square consultation outlines £200m mall expansion
Developers behind a £200m expansion of Aberdeen’s Union Square have staged a public consultation to bring 30 new retailers, a 120-room hotel and a food court to the shopping mall.

Early design work calls for the creation of a 240,000 sq/ft extension housing a mix of retail, leisure and restaurants as well as an expanded cinema, plugging into BDP’s city centre masterplan.

A surface car park will be built on to make way for this extension, offset by 600 additional slots bolted onto an existing multi storey car park.

Two potential conceptual approaches are being investigated for the exterior of this extension, the first of which will employ grey stone with recessed ‘portholes’ to gel with the surrounding harbour and granite.

Another approach would see a ‘soft, gracious form’ hark back to the structure of traditional timbered boats which once populated the harbour in the 19th century.

Consultees have until October 9 to comment on the planned designs with a planning application expected before the year is out. Construction is then likely to get underway by early 2017.
Alternatively a facade of grey stone will be used, enlivened by pockets of colour and recessed windows
Alternatively a facade of grey stone will be used, enlivened by pockets of colour and recessed windows
One approach would embody Aberdeen's maritime heritage by mimicking the form of a ship's hull
One approach would embody Aberdeen's maritime heritage by mimicking the form of a ship's hull

4 Comments

Lol whut
#1 Posted by Lol whut on 14 Sep 2015 at 17:05 PM
£200 million for a shopping centre? Are you serious? In a city that spurned the opportunity for high quality green public space costing a quarter of the price? A city that is already dying from over expansion of shopping centres.
As for the design 'options'... again, are you serious?
Big Chantelle
#2 Posted by Big Chantelle on 15 Sep 2015 at 12:09 PM
"One approach would embody Aberdeen's maritime heritage by mimicking the form of a ship's hull" > Aye, coz the new primark shopping mecca has a correlative relationship wae a boat. Makes sense. Aberdeen also invented sticky toffee pudding, why no make the building resemble a giant brown mess which actually wid probably trump wit's on offer here?

FHM
#3 Posted by FHM on 15 Sep 2015 at 12:59 PM
Big Chantelle, I understand that sticky toffee pudding was "created", or more likely marketed, in the Lakes in the 1970's based on a recipe from some Canadian air force officer.
Gardener Wullie
#4 Posted by Gardener Wullie on 17 Sep 2015 at 15:14 PM
This would have far less and achieve far more. Elections in May next year will see its return, watch this space.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zw-QsymBNlQ

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aberdeen_City_Garden_Project

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