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Aberdeen Council HQ opens for business

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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