Aberdeen considers going it alone on market redevelopment
May 6 2021
Aberdeen City Council is considering a purchase of the former Aberdeen Market and BHS building for an undisclosed sum to kickstart the regeneration of the city centre, either directly or with a development partner.
A committee report recommends that both sites be taken into public ownership to progress a mix of retail, food, drink and leisure uses at Hadden Street as well as improved access from Union Street.
The intervention follows a decision by the current owners to market the site for sale despite obtaining planning consent for a major office development, which has 'not proved to be deliverable'.
Taking matters into their own hands the council are keen to develop the site as 'market-style floorspace' combining food and drink outlets with open-air stalls selling local produce and continental-style cafes.
Outlining their indicative approach the report states: "The design will feature a mixture of fixed units of various sizes alongside space for temporary and pop-up facilities which would allow for increased variety and be flexible to seasonal requirements."
£1.5m of public realm improvements to surrounding streets will also be undertaken to improve connections, accessibility and navigability, including the pedestrianisation of a central section of Union Street between Bridge Street and Market Street.
A £150m capital fund to finance improvements to the city centre through to 2026 will be used take ownership
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