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Aberdeen Council HQ opens for business

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June 23 2011

Aberdeen Council HQ opens for business
Aberdeen’s brand new council HQ, behind the historic granite façade of Marischal college, has opened for business following a three years of restoration work.

Designed by the Holmes partnership the 174,000sq/ft project has entailed transformation of the world’s second largest granite building into modern office space.

Costed at £65m the scheme entailed erection of a new rooftop extension and infill of a previous entrance pend to form a new lobby.

Internally the building has been entirely gutted to accommodate 174,000sq/ft of contemporary office space but retains the ornate, wood panelled ‘Grant Room’ has been retained for wedding receptions.

Council leader John Stewart said: “What we have collectively achieved is the completion of one of the most exciting construction projects in the whole of the UK and a civic building in which the people of Aberdeen can take enormous pride."

By the end of September Marischal College will be home to 1,323 council staff.

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