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New Aberdeenshire Architectural Developments – North East Scotland Architecture

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This pages carries key building and property development information for the North East of Scotland. It is arranged in a chronological order with links lower down the page to Aberdeen Building News from previous years.

1 July 2019
Student Roost: Pittodrie Street Student Accommodation in Aberdeen
Student Roost Aberdeen: Pittodrie Street Student Accommodation
image courtesy of architects
Student Roost Pittodrie Street
Pittodrie Street, Aberdeen’s most stylish student accommodation and the second phase of a new development, has opened its doors. The property is highly anticipated by students from both the University of Aberdeen and Robert Gordon University, with 90% of rooms already sold out.

21 June 2019
Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Conservation Accreditation for Debbie Anderson of Lippe Architects + Planners

Chartered Architect, Debbie Anderson of Aberdeenshire based Lippe Architects + Planners Ltd has just been awarded the staus of Conservation Architect (CA281) by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) following several months of preparation, before submitting her Historic Building Portfolio to the RIBA in March 2019.

Debbie is one of only a handful of archtiects registered in the north east of Scotland with the recognised expertise to work alongside Historic Environment Scotland and The National Trust on some of their grant-funded restoration projects.

This prestigious accreditation enables Debbie to join an elite list of conservation architects on the RIBA Conservation Register, which enable individuals and organisations looking to commission work on historic buildings UK wide, to find architects with the specific skills and experience they require for their restoration project, encompassing all aspects of historic building conservation, repair and maintenance.

The assessors were impressed by both the range of projects and the knowledge evidenced, and have encouraged Debbie to now work towards Level Three as a Specialist Conservation Architect (SCA).

Debbie has over 17 years experience; joining Lippe Architects + Planners based in Inverurie, in 2007 and promoted to Associate Architect and Team Leader in 2016. During this time, Debbie has worked closely with company founder, William Lippe, gaining expertise on a range of historical and restoration projects, including the Grade A Listed Tivoli Theatre, Aberdeen and the restoration of the Earl of Kintore’s Keithhall Estate, a ‘designed landscape’ in Inverurie, which has included a development within a B Listed wall garden setting, as well as leading her team on more mainstream projects in the practice.

Commenting on her success, Debbie noted that “this has been the culmination of a life-long fascination with historic buildings, and I would like to recognise this endorsement as recognition of the guidance and knowledge gained while working at Lippe Architects and also the support of my family while working towards the submission.” A keen cyclist and mother of two, Debbie also sits on the Inverurie Business Association and is currently helping organise a number of community initiatives.

The RIBA Conservation Register has three levels of membership, which provides an incremental process of accreditation for those who are in the early phases of establishing their careers in building conservation. These levels are:

– Specialist Conservation Architect (SCA)
A Specialist Conservation Architect has authoritative knowledge of conservation practice and extensive experience of working with historic buildings

– Conservation Architect (CA)
A Conservation Architect has in-depth knowledge and experience of working with historic buildings

– Conservation Registrant (CR)
A Conservation Registrant has an awareness of the issues involved in working with historic buildings and has attended a conservation course approved by the RIBA.

Debbie Anderson

Founded by Managing Director, William Lippe in 1985, the Practice was first based in St James’s Place, Inverurie, Aberdeenshire from where it has provided a growing range of professional and architectural services with a diverse Portfolio covering all sectors, to include residential, commercial, leisure and tourism, education and historic and restoration projects in the North East and throughout Scotland. Lippe Architects & Planners employ 12 staff at their current Practice in Inverurie and all Lippe’s Architects are Members of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Aberdeen Society of Architects.
Debbie Anderson https://www.lippe-architects.co.uk/

28 Mar 2019
Union Street CARS – Built Heritage Conservation & Community Engagement Workshop

Date: 20 May 2019, 18:30

Venue: The Music Hall, Union St, Aberdeen AB10 1QS

Cost: Free

Union Street CARS invites you to attend an introduction to building conservation and regeneration, with lectures from a selection of highly experienced conservation professionals.

Traditional Buildings Maintenance Course

21 May 2019, 10:00 – 15:00

Venue: Dalrymple Hall, 11 Seaforth Street, Fraserbugh, AB43 9BD

Cost: Free

As part of Fraserburgh 2021 Heritage Scheme (TH/CARS), Aberdeenshire Council are delivering a series of training opportunities for those with an interest in traditional buildings.

It is free to participants and open to all who have a professional interest in old buildings, whether in the design or construction phase and want to learn more about the particularities of working with traditional materials and techniques.

10 Feb 2019
Vision 2030: Delivering on Built Environment Sustainability: Issues for Education, Practice and Procurement

Date: 13 February 2019 ; Time: 10:00 – 17:00

Venue: Sir Ian Wood Building Amphitheatre, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen

This conference looks at a range of considerations with respect to achieving sustainability in the built environment, and our professional and societal responsibilities with regard to climate change.

To register please email Helen Aggasild on h.aggasild(at)rgu.ac.uk

Vision 2030

10 Feb 2019
ASA Annual Dinner and Design Awards 2019

Date: 1 March 2019 ; Time: 18:45

Venue: Elphinstone Hall, Old Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen, 21 High St, Aberdeen AB24 3EE

You are cordially invited to join ASA for an evening of good food, good company and a celebration of excellence in architectural design.

The keynote speaker this year will be acclaimed architect, Rab Bennetts OBE RIBA FRIAS, co-founder of the multi-award winning and three-time shortlisted RIBA Stirling Prize practice, Bennetts Associates.

Aberdeen Society of Architects Design Awards 2019

6 Nov 2018
Opening date announced for TECA

An opening date of summer 2019 was today announced by the partners involved in building the exciting new multi-million-pound The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA).

The milestone follows on from last week’s announcement of stand-up comedian Russell Howard as the first entertainment act to book a show at the world-class venue.

TECA arena, conference centre and exhibition building is part of the new AECC project which includes two on-site hotels, an energy centre, extensive landscaping and parking. The entire site is being built by Aberdeen City Council along with development partner Henry Boot Developments (HBD), and main contractor Robertson Group.

TECA will provide a new world-class facility for Scotland beside Aberdeen International Airport. The 12,500-capacity main arena will host conferences, exhibitions and music concerts, and is expected to attract major artists and events to the city. The facility will also boast three further conference/exhibition halls, four multi-purpose conference suites, and 9 meeting rooms.

The interiors of the facility are being fitted out with progress on internal blockwork, metal stud partitions, and mechanical, electrical and plumbing installations continuing, and rooms taking shape include the main area, exhibition halls and conference rooms.

The facility is expected to contribute an additional 4.5 million visitors, £113 million of visitor spend and £63 million net Gross Value Added to the Scottish economy. It will also result in the creation of 352 full-time-equivalent permanent positions by year 10 of operations.

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “We are delighted that summer 2019 is to be the opening date for TECA and we look forward to making many more exciting announcements about acts, exhibitions and conferences.

“We want to attract major artists and new events to the north-east to ensure the area competes on a global scale and TECA plays a major part of that, as part of our Regional Economic Strategy which has internationalisation at its heart.”

Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Douglas Lumsden said: “It is fantastic to watch the building progressing so quickly and it’s very exciting to see the work on the interior fit-out, and with rooms now being clearly defined so you get an idea of the sheer size and scale of the building.

“TECA is one of the projects in our £1billion of capital investment in the city which includes major infrastructure improvements for the city including new roads, bridges, schools and cultural assets.”

Nigel Munro, Regional Project Manager for HBD in Scotland said: “Work on the internal fit-out is progressing quickly, so what has for a long time felt like a huge engineering project is now really starting to come to life as TECA.

“The build programme remains on schedule and the finish line is now in sight for this flagship project for Aberdeen and the north east.”

Robertson Chief Executive Officer Derek Shewan said: “TECA will provide a huge boost to the North East, and we at Robertson are immensely proud to be the primary contractor on this iconic build. TECA, and its two on site hotels, constitute our largest major project to date, and seeing it take shape is hugely satisfying for everyone involved.”

AECC and TECA Managing Director Nick Waight said: “It’s great we’re able to announce more details on the opening of TECA. We’re really happy with how our event pipeline is coming on and look forward to bringing some exciting shows, conferences and exhibitions to the north east from next summer.”

More information about TECA can be found at www.teca.co.uk along with the project build website at www.aeccevolves.co.uk.

3 Oct 2018
Broadford Works Residential Development
Design: Sheppard Robson Architects
Broadford Works Residential Development
image courtesy of architects

Broadford Works Residential Development News
Comprising 460 Private Rented Sector (PRS), predominantly one- and two-bedroom homes, the development will also offer 430 student rooms on the site of the disused Richard’s textile factory, which has lain empty since 2004.

18 Jul 2018
Robertson wins community engagement award for the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre

Robertson is celebrating after winning a Community Engagement award at the Considerate Constructor’s Scheme’s (CCS) inaugural National Ultra Site Awards Ceremony.

The award, presented at a special event held in London, recognises the measures taken by Robertson to engage with the local community during the construction of the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC), which includes The Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) and one of two on-site hotels.

These measures include circulating regular bulletins to keep the local community up-to-date as the project progresses, and the ‘good neighbour’ questionnaire, which encourages community feedback.

Robertson has also supported local charity Charlie House, raising £8,000 for them in 2017 to help the charity continue its work with children with complex disabilities and life-limiting conditions.

The Robertson AECC team has forged close relationships with local schools, colleagues and universities throughout the project. Local employment has also been boosted, with Robertson working closely with the Department for Work and Pensions, Skills Development Scotland and other local employability providers to provide work placements to job seekers. These efforts have resulted in a number of unemployed people achieving full time employment on the project.

Robertson is also providing support to a number of local community projects, including providing disabled ramp access for the Stoneywood Scout Hut, creating a ‘Friendship Garden’ for Dyce Primary School and decorating key areas of the Dyce Community Centre.

Derek Shewan, chief executive for Robertson, said: “We take our responsibilities to the community very seriously and we’re immensely proud to be recognised by the CCS as a positive role model for the construction industry.

“The team at the AECC has worked hard to develop and maintain good relationships with the local community, keeping them informed and involved, while giving back to that community with their fundraising efforts and by volunteering for local projects.”

The multi-million pound AECC project – a joint venture between Aberdeen City Council and Henry Boot Developments – will deliver a new world-class facility for Scotland. The 12,500-seat arena will host major events including, conferences, exhibitions and music concerts.

As well as building the new arena and conference centre and one of two on-site hotels, Robertson is also undertaking site preparatory works including ground and infrastructure works.

Robertson achieved the highly prestigious ‘Ultra Site’ status for the AECC in 2017, by taking considerate construction to the highest level by spearheading increased collaboration and raising industry standards within the project’s supply chain.

The CCS National Ultra Site Awards have been developed specifically to recognise and reward the highest performing contractors, sites, subcontractors, suppliers and clients that represent the absolute pinnacle of considerate construction as part of the Ultra Site initiative. The Awards were presented at a special ceremony in central London on 12 July 2018.

15 Jun 2018
Look Again Visual Art & Design Festival 2018

Date: 14 – 17 June 2018

The programme of events for the 2018 Look Again Visual Art and Design Festival, a key cultural initiative of Robert Gordon University (RGU), was launched on Tuesday 15th May.

Look Again invites the public to discover high-quality contemporary art and design in familiar civic spaces. The festival creates an opportunity for residents to see Aberdeen through fresh eyes and ‘become a tourist in their own city’.


4 May 2018

Date: 18 May 2018
Time: 9:30 – 17:30
Venue: Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, Sir Ian Wood building, Robert Gordon University, AB10 7GJ

The BIG CRIT is the most anticipated event in The Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment calendar and this year it takes place on Friday the 18th of May.

The event marks the end of the academic year by celebrating some of the best work produced by students from 1st year to Final year and uses the work as a vehicle for broader discussion around the theory and practice of Architecture. The BIG CRIT is open to staff, students and members of the public and is free of charge.

More details here: Aberdeen Architecture Event – 57’10 Lecture Series

21 Apr 2018
Piranesi Exhibition

Exhibition of Architectural Prints From the 18th Century by the Architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Date: April – September 2018
Venue: Blairs Museum, South Deeside Road, Aberdeen, AB12 5YQ
Time: Saturday 10am – 5pm (last entry 4.30)
Sunday 12 noon – 5pm (last entry 4.30)
Cost: Various, please visit website


28 Mar 2018
Unanimous approval for LDA Design’s revamp of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens
Union Terrace Gardens Transformation Rosemount Plaza Aberdeen
image Courtesy LDA
Aberdeen Union Terrace Gardens Renewal Approval News
The transformation of Union Terrace Gardens is to start later in 2018 after the detailed planning application was unanimously approved today by Aberdeen City Council’s Planning Development Management Committee.

1 Mar 2018
The Secret to Cleaning Up Aberdeen’s Union Street Starts with a Sponge

Where once the main thoroughfares of Scotland’s cities stood proudly amongst the best shopping streets in the world, they are now the domain of the fast food restaurant, pound shop and bookie.

Union Street Aberdeen

27 Feb 2018
Built Environment Lessons

A professor at an Aberdeen university has said schools should be teaching pupils about the built environment from a young age to encourage more people to take up architecture, reports the Evening Express.

Gokay Deveci, a professor of architecture at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture at Robert Gordon University (RGU), said adding the subject to the curriculum would inspire students from different backgrounds to take up the profession, and go on to shape “cities of the future”.

source: Aberdeen Built Environment Lessons article

16 Feb 2018
Aberdeen Society of Architects Annual Dinner & Design Awards 2018

Date: 23 February 2018
Venue: Elphinstone Hall, Old Aberdeen, University of Aberdeen King’s College AB24
Time: 18:45

You are cordially invited to join us for an evening of good food, good company and a celebration of excellence in architectural design.This year’s keynote speaker will be 2017 Doolan Award winner, 2016 RIBA House of the Year winner, renowned Scottish architect Richard Murphy FRIAS RIBA OBE.

Website: Aberdeen Society of Architects Annual Dinner & Design Awards 2018

5 Feb 2018
Aberdeen City Centre Lighting Masterplan
Aberdeen City Council has approved a lighting strategy – Aberdeen in Colour, A City Centre Masterplan – developed by creative lighting consultancy Steensen Varming with urban designers McGregor Coxall.
The £6.5m proposals include twelve creative lighting projects at various central landmarks, streets, waterfront and civic spaces. The programme is set to last for five years.

Union Street, St Nicholas Kirk and the banks of the River Dee are just some of the areas to be lit up.

23 Jan 2018
Aloft Hotel at Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre
Design: Cooper Cromar, architects
Aloft Hotel Aberdeen AECC building design
image courtesy of architects

Aloft Hotel Aberdeen AECC
Construction of a 150-bedroom Aloft Hotel on the site of the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (‘AECC’) has commenced.
The hotel will be the first building in phase 2 of the AECC masterplan at Bucksburn, and will be located just north of the Hilton Hotel that adjoins the new AECC, which is currently under construction.

24 Nov 2017
Union Terrace Gardens Renewal Design
Aberdeen's Union Terrace Gardens Latest Proposals by LDA
image Courtesy LDA
Aberdeen Union Terrace Gardens Renewal Design
Plans to transform Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens into a year-round favourite city destination continue to move forward as the City Council publishes an amendment to the current detailed planning application for further comment.

Work begins on multimillion pound Green Infrastructure projects
4 Oct 2017 – Close to £20 million will be spent transforming urban green spaces, says Scottish Natural Heritage

Work has begun on one of seven major urban greenspace projects that have been awarded Green Infrastructure Funds (GIF) by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH). SNH is delivering this funding on behalf of Scottish Government, using money from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

The Aberdeen City Council project is in one of Scotland’s most disadvantaged urban areas and, along with six other proposals, will benefit from a total investment of just under £20 million, including £5.8 million of ERDF awarded through the GIF.

The GIF aims to enhance the lives of those living in urban areas by improving the quality, accessibility and quantity of green infrastructure in major towns and cities, especially in areas with a deficit of greenspace for community use. As well as the development of derelict sites into natural spaces, the project will improve entrance points, paths, viewpoints and signage to enhance community access.

Mike Cantlay, Chair of Scottish Natural Heritage, said: “The impact of a robust green infrastructure on a community can be revolutionary, from improving physical and mental health, attracting business to an area, to reducing flood risk and improving biodiversity.
“The Green Infrastructure Fund provides a unique opportunity to create better places for people and wildlife on an unprecedented scale across urban Scotland. It is inspiring to see work begin on these exciting projects today in areas where this type of transformation is most needed.”

Aberdeen City Council communities, housing and infrastructure convener Councillor Yvonne Allan said: “It’s fantastic that work has started on the Middlefield Project as it will make a big difference in the lives of people who live in the area to have an attractive park on their doorstep.
“I look forward to watching the work progressing in the coming months and we are pleased to be working with our partners.”
SNH is working with Aberdeen City Council[1] to create a greenspace at Middlefield housing estate in Aberdeen that has been designed following a period of extensive community consultation. The current area of low amenity grass will be replaced with trees, wildflower meadows, grassland and flood management along with the addition of footpath and cycle paths, informal play areas and exercise trails.

Pittodrie Street Student Housing
Planning permission has been granted for 618 student bedspaces, designed by Manson Architects. This major residential scheme is situated on Pittodrie Street, in the north of Aberdeen, just half a mile from the University of Aberdeen. The development is split across two separate sites. Our client, Watkin Jones Group aims to have both aspects of the permission occupied by 2019 in a phased approach to construction.

The Pittodrie Street housing will offer students the opportunity to live just minutes from their place of study in high quality, purpose-built accommodation.

Drum Completes Sale at Prime Four Business Park, Kingswells

7 Apr – Lloyd’s Register Office sold for £43.2 million

Drum Property Group has completed the construction of a 102,000 square foot office at Prime Four Business Park, Kingswells, Aberdeen which LCN Capital Partners has acquired as part of a build-to-suit transaction for £43.2m.

Prime Four Business Park, Kingswells

The purpose-built complex is let on a long term lease to Lloyd’s Register, the global engineering, technical and business services organisation, and has capacity for up to 900 employees.

Drum Property Group Managing Director Graeme Bone said: “Drum continues to experience strong interest in Prime Four from the UK and International investment markets and we are delighted to have concluded this transaction. We are also pleased to have worked with LCN in establishing a long term relationship between all parties. They are easy to work with and set themselves apart as having complete discretion.

“Importantly, this latest deal is testament to our commitment to focusing on exemplar architectural, design and service culture principles at the park, which continues to prove largely immune to the cyclical vagaries of the Oil and Gas market.

“We will continue to invest at Prime Four, with plans for an adjacent £100m retail park in addition to the further expansion of the business park with additional office complexes, services and amenities.”

Drum’s total investment at Prime Four to date exceeds £275m and will rise to £600m with more than1.8 million sq. ft. of commercial accommodation being built once the park is completed.

Prime Four Business Park Kingswells building

Edward LaPuma, Co-Founder & Managing Partner at LCN Capital Partners added: “We distinguish ourselves in build-to-suit transactions across North America and Europe by being able to forward fund or close upon completion, and by offering our tenant-clients flexible solutions.

“We are pleased with our new relationship with Lloyds Register and know that they have benefitted from the extensive knowledge and development expertise of Drum Property Group.

“Lloyds Register’s long-term commitment to this new Class A property fits perfectly with the long-term goals of our investing partners, i.e. pension funds and insurers.”

FG Burnett, JLL and Ryden acted for Drum Property Group.

Cushman & Wakefield, Victorios, Brodies, and Arendt & Medernach acted for LCN Capital Partners.

Lippe Architects + Planners News
29 Nov 2016 – Sending out a positive signal in a currently challenging sector, Architects Practice, Lippe
Architects + Planners have added experienced architect, Catherine Cope (nee McKeown)
BArch BSc (Hons) to augment their team of 17 employees. Lippe Architects + Planners, with
over 30 years’ experience in the construction industry, have further extended the strength of
their team with the addition of Catherine who is based at their offices at 25 Albyn Place,

Catherine Cope within the Quadrangle at Marischal College, Broad St, Aberdeen:
architect Catherine Cope

Catherine, who originally trained as an architect in Belfast, relocated to Edinburgh when she
qualified, to work on some key projects, including the Royal Veterinary School for the
University of Edinburgh (£31m) and the New Dunfermline High School (£40m). Moving to
Aberdeen in 2013, Catherine has been keen to progress in her career and commented, “I am
really delighted to be joining such a long standing and prestigious practice and I know I will
gain a lot of further experience within this multi-disciplined office, getting the opportunity to
work on a wide range of sectors and building types, both residential and commercial.”

Catherine currently is President of the Aberdeen Society of Architects, representing the local
chapter of the Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland (RIAS).

Catherine Cope at The Aberdeen Shipping Control Centre, N Pier, Aberdeen:
Catherine Cope architect

Photographs supplied courtesy of Martin Parker www.martinparkerphotography.co.uk

Lippe Architects + Planners highly experienced management team includes Managing
Director, William Lippe and Technical Director, Stuart Naysmith who joined in 1993 and
Associates, Eleanor Alexander, Stephen Martin Debbie Anderson and Lesley Tierney and
Kirsten Will who heads up its Albyn Place office in Aberdeen, opened in 2014 to enhance the
high level of service provision for its clients. All architects are Associate Members of the Royal
Incorporation of Architects in Scotland and the Aberdeen Society of Architects.

Kirsten Will, Associate, based at the company’s Albyn Place, Aberdeen commented, “since we
opened our Aberdeen office two years ago, we have been afforded increased opportunity to
tender for new business and been successful in winning clients and projects in and around the
City. We felt that someone of Catherine’s experience and skill set would allow us to continue
to offer our very high level of customer care, as well as augmenting our expertise and
knowledge base and we are delighted to welcome her to our team”.

Lippe Architects + Planners are one of the largest practices in the North East, providing top
quality professional architectural and associated services to a wide range of industrial,
commercial and residential and historic and restoration projects and has an extensive
portfolio of clients throughout Scotland.

Lippe Architects + Planners currently employ 17 staff within their two practice bases at 4 St
James Place, Inverurie and at 25 Albyn Place, Aberdeen. For further details, visit
www.lippe-architects.co.uk or call 01224 531333.

Aberdeen Station Expansion
23 Oct 2016 – An expansion of Aberdeen railway station has been proposed as part of works to deliver Halliday Fraser Munro Architects’ Atholl Square development, to maximise opportunities afforded by demolition of Atholl House and the deck structure it sits upon.

In redesigning this platform to accommodate three towers rising up to 17 storeys it is hoped that support columns can be repositioned to improve signal sighting and bring the redundant platforms eight and nine back into use.

Aberdeen Architecture Tours
22 Oct 2016 – e-architect provided an architectural walking tour of the city centre yesterday, for 19 Norwegians from Bergen, thankfully with plenty of sunshine!

Aberdeen Architecture Tours – were launched back on 2 Jan 2016 by e-architect, who have been operating architectural tours since 2001, now in 78 cities globally, headquartered in Scotland.

Aberdeen Architecture Photos
22 Oct 2016 – new pictures of key buildings around the city centre:

Marischal Square Aberdeen building, structurally complete, awaiting cladding, viewed looking North up Broad St:
Marischal Square Aberdeen building

Maritime Museum building:
Maritime Museum Aberdeen building

Jackson’s Garage Building, Bon Accord Street / Langstane Place:
Jackson's Garage Aberdeen building

Langstane Kirk on Union Street, towards west end, north side:
Langstane Kirk Aberdeen building

Shiprow buildings:
Shiprow buildings

Town and County Hall aka Municipal Buildings And Tolbooth (tower peeping out top right):
Town and County Building Aberdeen

Archibald Simpson, the ‘hinge’ of Aberdeen (Union St / King St) with Ceres atop:
Archibald Simpson Aberdeen building

Castlegate with Mercat Cross surrounded by market, former Citadel building beyond:
Castlegate Aberdeen Citadel building

Marischal College Building facade, beautifully clean, sadly former Greyfriars Kirk on right yet to sparkle:
Marischal College Aberdeen building facade

Mitchell Tower at Marischal College:
Mitchell Tower Aberdeen building

Marischal College courtyard:
Marischal College courtyard buildings

Kirk of St. Nicholas, west facade by celebrated Aberdonian architect James Gibbs:
St Nicholas Kirk Aberdeen building

Robert Gordons University Administration Building:
Robert Gordons University Administration Building

War memorial and Cowdray Hall building:
Cowdray Hall war memorial and building

Aberdeen Building News – project posts, latest first

17 Oct 2016


Boots UK has been confirmed as the latest high profile retailer to sign up to the new £100 m retail park planned as an extension of the Prime Four Business Park in Kingswells, Aberdeen.

Drum, developer of Prime Four, has submitted an application to the City of Aberdeen Council for a 320,000 sqft retail development, including a food store, next to the existing business park. Next has already been confirmed as the first retailer on the park.

It is anticipated that the new, purpose-built retail park, will deliver significant economic benefits for Aberdeen – including an estimated 500 new jobs.

Welcoming a potential move to Prime Four, a spokesperson for Boots said: “At Boots UK, we are continually reviewing new locations to make sure our stores are where our customers need us most. We support the application from Drum Property Group for a new retail development in the Prime Four location, as the site has significant potential for Boots UK and other retailers should planning permission be granted.”

Graeme Bone, Group Managing Director of Drum Property Group, said: “Boots will be a natural fit for the new retail park and shows the potential it has for major retailers to complement existing retail provision across the rest of the city. We are currently in active discussions with a number of other retailers for the new retail park, some of whom are looking to expand their presence in Aberdeen, and others who are new to the city.”

14 Oct 2016

Glen O’Dee Fire

This derelict sanatorium in Royal Deeside has been destroyed by what is being treated as a deliberate fire.

Crews were called to the empty Glen O’Dee, built in Banchory in 1900, shortly before midnight.

Glen O’Dee Banchory Fire

12 Oct 2016

Aberdeen Broad Street Landscape Redevelopment

Aberdeen City Council has approved the transformation of Broad Street into a ‘pedestrian priority’ route extending Union Street to the Gallowgate/Upper Kirkgate junction.

20 Sep 2016

Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatic Centre Building

The latest phase of a major sports village development has been completed: the £18.2m Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatic Centre.

The new Aquatic Centre includes a 10-lane, 50m Olympic standard pool with seating for 600 spectators, and a 25m x 16.5m Olympic standard diving pool.

Aberdeen Sports Village Aquatic Centre Building

“Providing acoustic treatment for large swimming pools such as this can be especially challenging, as they are generally busy places with lots of noise,” says Sto’s Acoustic Technical Consultant, Mike Wallace. “The internal environment is also warm, moist and chlorine-heavy, and this can present its own set of problems, so the acoustic system that’s chosen really has to be well-proven and reliable.”

The StoSilent acoustic ceiling solution chosen for the Aquatic Centre is designed especially for demanding environments such as swimming pools. It is based on a StoSilent suspended grid made from steel, which was specially coated to protect against corrosion. This was covered with StoSilent Panel A-Tec Alu acoustic boards. Made from blown glass granulate, these boards are impervious to moisture. They also feature a factory-applied backing laminate which allows the boards to attenuate sound waves, and equally, prevents any air from flowing through them and causing marking or staining on the completed ceiling. The boards were then coated with StoSilent Décor M – a sound-permeable silicate acoustic coating which creates a seamless, clean and attractive appearance.

13 Sep 2016
Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens Improvement Proposals
Union Terrace Gardens Renewal Proposals by LDA Design 2016
Union Terrace Gardens Renewal Proposals by LDA Design
LDA Design has been chosen to draw up detailed design proposals for Union Terrace Gardens after fierce competition from nearly a dozen leading design practitioners in this latest contest for the city centre site.

21 Jul 2016
Trump Aberdeenshire Hotel Extension
Trump Aberdeenshire Golf Hotel Extension
Plans approved to extend a boutique hotel at the heart of Donald Trump’s Aberdeenshire golf course. Aberdeenshire Council and the Trump Organisation have reached an agreement over plans to expand MacLeod House – the centrepiece of Donald Trump’s golf resort at Menie, near Balmedie.

9 Jun 2016
Union Terrace Gardens Improvement Proposals
Union Terrace Gardens Aberdeen design proposal
proposal image of the site
New Plans for Union Terrace Gardens Aberdeen
Here we go again, yet another attempt to improve this area. After huge controversy back in 2010, and reaching a peak in 2012, the city council is taking the plunge again. The sunken area and concealed arches still needs fixing despite years of porposals.

New Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre
Design: Keppie Design Ltd, architects
New Aberdeen Exhibition & Conference Centre
image from architect

AECC in Aberdeen – 16 Dec 2015

Aberdeen Art Gallery Building Redevelopment
Design: Gareth Hoskins Architects
Aberdeen Art Gallery atrium
photo : Mike Davidson, Positive Image

Aberdeen Art Gallery Redevelopment – 23 Jul 2015

Marischal Square Hotel Building
Design: Halliday Fraser Munro, Architects
Marischal Square St Nicholas House
image from architect

Marischal Square Hotel Aberdeen – 7 Apr 2014

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Aberdeen Music Hall

Marischal College

Scott Sutherland School of Architecture

Aberdeen FC Stadium

Aberdeen Art Gallery

Union Square

Bon Accord Centre

Aberdeen Council HQ

Aberdeen Hotel Buildings

Aberdeenshire House

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