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February 18 2016

Union Square in line for 15 storey hotel tower
Benoy have unveiled illustrative plans for a £200m expansion of Aberdeen’s Union Square shopping mall on behalf of Hammerson, with an application for planning in principle for a new hotel and expanded retail, cinema and multi-storey car park.

This envisages a 120 bed hotel tower of up to 72m over 15 storeys rising above a parking and retail deck, possibly fronting onto Market Street, with a design inspired by Aberdeen’s maritime heritage.

A metal clad parking and retail structure is proposed to face the harbour in a phased sequence of development on the site of existing surface parking, replacing lost capacity with an expanded multi-storey car park.

In their design statement Benoy remarked: “The opportunity to extend Union Square is exciting and we have undertaken some initial and very early design work to explore how the extension might look. The aim is to create a destination space with multiple activities and opportunities for all. Within this space the potential connection to a viewing platform with views across Aberdeen and the Harbour will create a exciting and new style of destination for the city.”

Subject to approval Hammerson could commence work in 2017.
A high level viewing platform would offer views across the harbour
A high level viewing platform would offer views across the harbour
The existing mall will be reconfigured to take account of the expansion
The existing mall will be reconfigured to take account of the expansion

5 Comments

Disbelieving Deirdre
#1 Posted by Disbelieving Deirdre on 18 Feb 2016 at 23:18 PM
Is this a joke? What could possibly be less appropriate for Aberdeen city centre than a building of this scale built solely to line the pockets of developers/deliver amenities that will suck more life from a city centre that is already coughing up blood?
£200million? That level of funding could regenerate the entirety of Union Street in one fell swoop with more than enough left over to redevelop Union Terrace Gardens into the public/civic space it is crying out to be.

Guess the 500k+ spent on the city centre masterplan better linking Trinity and Union Sq is just being quietly shelved too? Gotcha.

Somebody get me a bucket.
Ellah
#2 Posted by Ellah on 19 Feb 2016 at 11:15 AM
Aberdeen:where architecture goes to die
Bill S
#3 Posted by Bill S on 19 Feb 2016 at 11:36 AM
Welcome to Aberdeen. The Oil Capital of Europe!
Callum
#4 Posted by Callum on 20 Feb 2016 at 14:26 PM
I'm all for development taking place in Aberdeen... But this is far from the right kind. It'll do more damage to the city centre than good.
Dandy don
#5 Posted by Dandy don on 21 Feb 2016 at 18:40 PM
Seriously! They just demolished the umpteen storey council office monstrosity off union street recently...
Drove past the turn off for the mall parking today and it was long queues....hopeless.

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