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April 22 2020

 Final approval sought for Aberdeen Market transformation

Finalised plans have been issued for the overhaul of Aberdeen Market which will transform the down at heel area into a central civic space for public art installations, outdoor performances and markets.

Developer Patrizia is spearheading the approach which includes a dramatic green wall to soften a new glass and granite building designed by Halliday Fraser Munro which will serve as a focal point for surrounding streets.

Where this meets the street a variety of active uses are planned including a business lounge with associated retail, café and exhibition space on market Street with further leisure opportunities presenting themselves along Hadden Street and the Green.
Sitting below all of this will be a 126-space underground car park including charging points for electric vehicles.

Patrizia director Shaun Hose said: “The council’s master planning, design and conservation team have been integral to the discussions and there is a shared desire to see a vast improvement on the current building and the surrounding public realm that will breathe new life into this part of the city centre.”

Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, added: “This development fits well with the aspirations of the Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan and, if progressed, will be a real fillip for the heart of the city at a time when it is most needed.

“I think we all understand that we must get behind bold and ambitious projects of this nature which, in this case, offers the potential to regenerate a substantial area around Union Street, Market Street and The Green.”

The plans have been in development for three years since the collapse of BHS in 2016 and will go before councillors on 30 April with a recommendation to approve from planners.

Green walls and landscaping will soften the granite surrounds
Green walls and landscaping will soften the granite surrounds
Surrounding streets have retained historic granite setts
Surrounding streets have retained historic granite setts

The project will bolster the no man's land between Union Street and the station
The project will bolster the no man's land between Union Street and the station

2 Comments

beatbox
#1 Posted by beatbox on 22 Apr 2020 at 11:00 AM
Another soulless, unimaginative, square, grey box for Aberdeen then. Give it a break.
Everyone's a critic
#2 Posted by Everyone's a critic on 23 Apr 2020 at 07:39 AM
Dude - most buildings are box shaped. Its kinda what works. Get over it.

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