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George Street canopy fronts Aberdeen mall expansion

March 15 2017

George Street canopy fronts Aberdeen mall expansion
BMO Real Estate partners have pledged to lodge a formal planning application to extend Aberdeen’s Bon Accord & St Nicholas shopping centre by the end of the month following conclusion of a public consultation.

The leisure-led expansion would also marry seven new restaurants and a seven-screen cinema complex to the existing centre, offering an additional 30,000sq/ft of accommodation.

This will entail construction of a new entrance and entrance courtyard off Upperkirkgate at Drum’s Lane within the footprint of the existing mall, enhancing access to the upper level. The main entrance off George Street will also be remodeled with a glazed roof and remodeled façade providing an enhanced first impression.

Joanne Wilkes of BMO Real Estate Partners, commented: “The designs being presented are based on feedback from local people and stakeholders and focus on the George Street entrance into the Bon Accord, alongside the pedestrian crossing on Upperkirkgate and Schoolhill and the space leading into the St Nicholas Centre from Union Street.”

The proposals have been drawn up within the guidelines laid out in the city centre masterplan.


Ian Alexander
#1 Posted by Ian Alexander on 15 Mar 2017 at 18:17 PM
And what happens to Union Street?
John Moir
#2 Posted by John Moir on 16 Mar 2017 at 10:51 AM
Don't think we need leisure based expansion to this particular area. Aberdeen is well served with Cinemas etc. You could expand towards Union Street (taking in M & S and the Vue) instead of further congesting Upperkirkgate area and then pedestrianise and cover part of Union Street which is dying. Missed opportunity not picking up the Marischall Square area as well and allowing that monstrosity to be built. As usual no joined up thinking by the Council. No looking at the centre of Aberdeen in a cohesive way - just allow all and sundry to expand or develop willy nilly. SMFH.
#3 Posted by Clarathelongdistancetrucker on 17 Mar 2017 at 11:36 AM
#4 Posted by davethedetailer on 17 Mar 2017 at 13:58 PM
does the city centre masterplan actually allow for malls to be pitted against each other with no-mans-land between them?
Callum Barrack
#5 Posted by Callum Barrack on 20 Mar 2017 at 16:12 PM
Populating a rendered image with happy shoppers dressed in summer attire, adding blue skies and healthy vibrant trees doesn’t hide the fact that this scheme is horrendous and already terribly out dated, not to mention that the glass canopy located five storeys up will not achieve any protection from the elements nor aid in adding first impressions.

Private developers should not be allowed to monopolise and bully people out of this area. George Street is the perfect location to encourage independent companies and shops alike to enhance the cities culture and creative diversity. Adding another sterile development will only detract from what Aberdeen has to offer!

We obviously haven’t moved on since receiving the ‘Carbuncle Award’ in 2015.

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