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Aberdeen’s Marischal Square plans go on public display

April 4 2014

Aberdeen’s Marischal Square plans go on public display
Muse Developments are showcasing updated visualisations of a planned £107m redevelopment of Aberdeen’s St Nicholas House area as part of a public consultation.

Demolition work is still ongoing at the site which has been earmarked for 175,000sq/ft of office space, a civic square, four star hotel and restaurants, all finished in granite and glass to designs by Halliday Fraser Munro.

Muse's regional director for Scotland, Steve Turner, said: "The Marischal Square proposal fulfils the vision of the city's Bon Accord master plan by providing a new civic square, creating a fitting setting for Marischal College, as well as delivering a vibrant new mixed-use development…”

"We will be replacing the former St Nicholas House building with new office and commercial buildings that will respect the city's granite history and be no more than seven storeys high…”

Anyone interested in viewing the plans in person is invited to attend an exhibition at Aberdeen Art Gallery today and tomorrow and thereafter at the reception of Marischal College reception through to 17 April.

With full funding secured from Aviva Investors a planning application will be lodged later this month with completion pencilled in for 2017.
2,500 people have commented on theplans thus far
2,500 people have commented on theplans thus far
47,000sq/ft of civic space is included in the plans
47,000sq/ft of civic space is included in the plans


#1 Posted by Bill on 4 Apr 2014 at 14:37 PM
Wow. Words fail me for this utter brilliance...almost. I am not sure what is more positive, the thin, imported granite veneer that is glimmering in the sun, the randomly placed, vertical fluorescent lighting that echoes the sheer elegance of the nearby Union Square development, or the willful bending over and acceptance of a bar-code fenestration pattern contrasted with a patent glazing system. I think that the scale of the proposals is excellent in the way it relates to it's surrounding context, and in particular the way it blocks that ugly, blighted old boolding, Provost someone's hoose. Aberdeen, this is amazing. Bravo. Yet again.
#2 Posted by David on 8 Apr 2014 at 08:47 AM
I actually think it's looking pretty good. Which surprises me.

Agree that it would be good to see some views which include Provost Skene's House, so that we can understand how it has been dealt with. I suspect opening it up to the new main square was too much of a hit on potential GIFA to ever happen, regardless of who's scheme won.
Neil donald
#3 Posted by Neil donald on 15 Jan 2015 at 10:26 AM
Absolutely horrendous and yet another compete lack of vision from Aberdeen council. Aberdeen don,t need more shops so the council can make money from them to squander on more useless projects what Aberdeen needs is some civil open space that will enhance the city. Aberdeen is such a badly run city and all the developments over the last few decades have resulted in a very disjointed city. I am Aberdonian but not proud of my city and it is more and more becoming the laughing stock. Dundee eventually got it right but we can't even learn from them. To many corrupt councillors with zero vision

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