Community group seize a golden opportunity at an Aberdeen tower house
November 17 2022
Tinto Architecture has prepared plans for a community space and cafe housed within a single-storey extension to Aberdeen's historic Wallace Tower.
Led by Tillydrone Community Development Trust the work will complement efforts to preserve the B-listed 17th-century building and ensure its long-term viability by introducing community uses including a cafe, offices and meeting hall.
Currently, in a state of disrepair and included on the buildings at risk register, the property is to be augmented by a sweeping gold-coloured zinc addition, providing a clear contrast between old and new.
The subservient extension adopts a deliberately low key to minimise intrusion on the main building, described as a unique example of a three-storey Z-plan fortified tower.
Situated in Seaton Park off Tillydrone Avenue the tower was relocated stone by stone from its original placement at Netherkirkgate to accommodate an enlarged Marks & Spencer store.
The plans follow a withdrawn 2021 application for a two-storey extension by Douglas Architecture Ltd & George Douglas Architects.
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