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Aberdeenshire Architectural Developments – North East Scotland Architecture
Aberdeen Buildings News
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.
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
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.
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
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
The BIG CRIT
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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 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.
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.
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, 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).
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:
Jackson’s Garage Building, Bon Accord Street / Langstane Place:
Marischal College Building facade, beautifully clean, sadly former Greyfriars Kirk on right yet to sparkle:
Kirk of St. Nicholas, west facade by celebrated Aberdonian architect James Gibbs:
Aberdeen Building News – project posts, latest first
17 Oct 2016
BOOTS SIGNS UP FOR NEW PRIME FOUR RETAIL PARK, ABERDEEN
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.
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.
“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
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
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
image from architect
AECC in Aberdeen – 16 Dec 2015
Aberdeen Art Gallery Building Redevelopment
Design: Gareth Hoskins Architects
photo : Mike Davidson, Positive Image
Aberdeen Art Gallery Redevelopment – 23 Jul 2015
Marischal Square Hotel Building
Design: Halliday Fraser Munro, Architects
image from architect
Marischal Square Hotel Aberdeen – 7 Apr 2014
Aberdeen Buildings News in 2013
Robert Gordon University Aberdeen Garthdee Campus Development
image from architect
Robert Gordon University Garthdee Campus – updated 13 Nov 2013
Aberdeen Theatre Redevelopment
The Capitol Aberdeen Building – article in the Evening Express from 22 Apr 2016
16 Dec 2013 – Aberdeen’s former Capitol Theatre has been cleared to undergo a £30m revamp after it was granted Listed Building Consent for redevelopment. Aberdeen City Council approved the initial plans in September which are set to transform the historic landmark building on Union Street into an office development. The proposals retain the frontage retained, with a new 10-storey office block set back from Union Street, at the Justice Mill Lane side.
Aberdeen Mosque Building News
image from architects
Aberdeen Mosque Building – 22 + 16 Oct 2013
This is the newest and largest mosque in Aberdeen, the ‘oil capital of Europe’. Located on Nelson Street it is due to move on site in March 2014. The £1m scheme designed by Makespace Architects (London) will entail construction of a two storey extension to the front of an existing warehouse. An estimated 4,000 Muslims live within the city and surrounding shire.
Aberdeen Urban Renewal
Sir Ian Wood has put his £50m back on the table for an Aberdeen city centre regeneration plan. However he insists new proposals – outlined by city architect John Halliday – must be “transformational”, reports the Press & Journal. Sir Ian Wood said the Halliday designs, which suggested raising the sunken Union Terrace Gardens to allow car parking underneath, did not go far enough: “Central to the Wood Family Trust’s interest in making the funds available is to cover the unsightly exposed Denburn Valley roadway and railway and the vastly underused Union Terrace Gardens. The proposal to raise the existing gardens to allow one level of car parking and taxi access for the station would effectively cost the same as raising it to provide street-level access and would have little impact on the extent to which the gardens are used because they would still be unacceptably ‘sunken’”. 16 Oct 2013
Aberdeen Athenaeum Building News
£3m hotel plan proposed to return the historic Athenaeum building in Aberdeen to its former glory. Floors one to four above the Athenaeum bar have been taken over by hoteliers Mary Martin and Robert Keane, who hope to create 40 luxury hotel suites. It’s hoped the scheme, which has been backed by Aberdeen City Council planners, will be a major step towards revitalising the city centre – 26 Sep 2013
Maggie’s Aberdeen – Building News
Design: Snøhetta, Architects
photo : Philip Vile
Maggie’s Centre in Aberdeen – 24 + 23 Sep 2013
The new Aberdeen building opens today at Forester Hospital in Aberdeen, designed by this world-famous Norwegian architecture studio. The contemporary building was designed by Snohetta, the Norwegian architects behind the National September 11 Memorial Museum Pavillion in New York, alongside Aberdeen-based firm Halliday Fraser Munro.
Chapelton New Town News
image of Chapelton
Aberdeenshire Town – 22 Sep 2013
W M Donald has been named as the civil infrastructure works provider for the first phase of Chapelton, Scotland’s largest planned new town. The Aberdeenshire-based civil engineering construction firm was selected after a competitive and lengthy tender process, beating off a number of other local and national firms. Six companies were invited to tender for the £8m contract, which will include roads, drainage, services and landscaping to support the first stage of 255 homes in the first Chapelton neighbourhood, Cairnhill.
Union Terrace Gardens News
Design: Halliday Fraser Munro Architects
image of previous design for the gardens
Union Terrace Gardens Proposals news – 30 Aug 2013
New proposals for a major renovation of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens have been unveiled. Architects Halliday Fraser Munro, working with Aberdeen City Council, has come up with a design which would see the gardens partly raised but remain sunken. The plans feature an arts centre, civic square and the rail line and Denburn dual carriageway covered over to link to Belmont Street. The designs also incorporate a new entrance to the railway station which is seen as key to increasing footfall in the area.
Donald Trump Golf Links
image from architect
Donald Trump golf resort hotel + 2nd course + clubhouse news – 8 Aug 2013
St Nicholas House Redevelopment
photo © David Welch
St Nicholas House Aberdeen : Building News – 30 Jul 2013
Update on proposals put forward for the future use of Aberdeen City Council’s former headquarters building, St Nicholas House.
Bruce Millers Redevelopment
£15m plan to redevelop Bruce Millers has been formally lodged by Tip Top Properties, a division of Carlton Rock. 30 Jul
Police Scotland Building, Aberdeenshire, north east Scotland
Design: Ryder, Architects
image from architect
Police Scotland Building News – 29 Jul 2013
With the completion of the base of the building, the Ryder-designed £11.2m 4,518 sqm, new Police Scotland facility at Kitty Brewster is progressing towards its planned handover early in 2014. The facility, designed and built through the public and private partnership hub North Scotland, will comprise a state of the art 60 cell custody facility, a virtual court, an identity parade suite, a community policing team and supporting office accommodation.
Peacock Visual Arts Building Aberdeen
Design: Brisac Gonzalez Architects
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Peacock Visual Arts Building Aberdeen – 26 Jul 2013
The controversial Brisac Gonzalez-designed gallery scheme for Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen – abandoned in 2010 to be replaced by the even more controversial ‘Granite Web’ by Diller Scofidio + Renfro – appears to be back on the cards. Indeed why not? This was the initial plan and a fairly sensitive approach to this key urban location.
Jamie’s Italian Aberdeen
Design: Stiff & Trevillion Architects
photo © Keith Hunter
Jamie’s Italian Aberdeen – 20 May 2013
The restaurant occupies the first and second floors of the Union Street frontage of the old Esslemont and Macintosh department store. This was a retail landmark in the city and is a listed building. The design respects the original building, and restores the windows, cast iron structure and wooden floors. The exterior will be repaired and cleaned and the original mosaic signage retained.
Aberdeen Architecture Lecture
RESISTENZA | Luigi Snozzi in conversation with Daniel Serafimovski
On 16 May 2013 the newly established Foundation for Architecture and Education (AE Foundation) offered a unique opportunity to hear one of the most remarkable architectural voices of our time. Renowned Swiss architect Luigi Snozzi is highly respected in the architectural community, and is known as an individual with great integrity and generosity of spirit. In conversation together with guest lecturer and architect Daniel Serafimovski.
Aberdeen Music Hall, Scotland – Building Renewal
photograph from architects
Aberdeen Music Hall – 4 Apr 2013
BDP was chosen from a shortlist of five architectural practices by Aberdeen Performing Arts (APA) to develop design proposals for this Category A-listed building. The project will make this much loved concert hall more flexible, accessible, attractive and sustainable, providing greater audience comfort and improved facilities for performers. The revitalised Music Hall will play an important role in Aberdeen’s vision to be a vibrant, creative and ambitious city with a strong cultural identity, a centre of artistic excellence and a cultural tourism destination.
Aberdeen Buildings News in 2012
Aberdeen University Library Building
photo : Adam Mørk
Aberdeen University Library Building : Official Opening news
Design: Schmidt Hammer Lassen
On September 24th, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain marks the official opening of the University of Aberdeen New Library in Scotland. The building was won in an architectural competition in 2005 by schmidt hammer lassen architects. The 15,500 m² library is a “positive example of how architecture can make a difference”. Since the building was put into service there has been a significant increase in the use of the library, and more than 700,000 visitors have entered the building this first year of operation.
Aberdeenshire Design Awards
Six entries received Distinctions at the biennial event: the Turra Coo in Turriff; the Huntly Arms Hotel; Threadneedle Street in Peterhead; Mill of Eslie in Strachan; Westerton Wood in Aboyne and The Goat Shed in Tarves. Westerton Wood – a self-built residential property – was the outstanding winner of the evening and took the top prize of the Ian Shepherd award for the quality of its execution and its positive impact on the wider environment. The building has a red corrugated iron roof, locally sourced stone and larch cladding. 11 Sep
Albyn School Redevelopment
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Robertson recently completed a £3.5m construction project at one of Aberdeen’s leading independent schools. The landmark project, which was one of the most significant developments in the school’s 145-year history, was officially opened by HRH the Duke of Gloucester.
Albyn School commissioned Robertson, the infrastructure, support services and construction group, to lead on the construction side of the two-year redevelopment project. Robertson constructed a new toddler nursery, classroom block, science and technology laboratories and remodelled the school’s Victorian buildings.
The project began in March 2011. Archial were the architects on the project, while local Aberdeen firms McLeod + Aitken and Wallace Whittle undertook the quantity surveying and mechanical and electrical engineering respectively.
Aberdeen City Garden
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Aberdeen City Garden Design : building news – 22 Aug + 8 Aug + 14 May + 2 Mar + 29 Feb
Aberdeen City Garden project looks close to being abandoned. The vote has now been held and it went against the development proposals.
The council rejected the £140m scheme – the most divisive project in the city for a generation – by two votes.
The Independent group on the council’s ruling coalition will table alternative plans for the Union Terrace Gardens site.
Previously: the controversial £140m garden project in Aberdeen may be cancelled. Back in March residents vote yes in the referendum on controversial plans to redevelop the city’s Union Terrace Gardens. People were asked if they want to keep the historic gardens as they are or back the £140m City Garden Project redevelopment. But with changes after the recent election it appears the project may not now proceed.
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Marischal College : building now complete – photos, 24 Jan
Aberdeen Building News in 2011
Scott Sutherland School of Architecture
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Scott Sutherland School of Architecture, Aberdeen : Architectural Lecture Series
Robert Gordon University
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Robert Gordon University Garthdee Campus Building on site : BDP architects
Bon Accord Baths
The Art Deco-style Bon Accord Baths building in central Aberdeen could be turned into an arts centre. Carpe Diem, a charitable trust run by Christopher Wood, of Banchory-Devenick, selected the preferred bidder for the Bon Accord Baths by Aberdeen City Council finance and resources committee. 26 Apr
Aberdeen Sports Centre Building News
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Aberdeen Sports Village : Reiach and Hall Architects – award. 14 Mar
Aberdeen FC Stadium
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Aberdeen Football Club approval for proposed 21,000-seat stadium building on land near Loirston Loch : Aberdeen FC Stadium. 25 Feb + 1 Mar
Aberdeen College Building
First Minister Alex Salmond Opens Archial-Designed £15 Million Aberdeen College Construction Training Facility
Scotland’s First Minister Alex Salmond today officially open the £15 million Aberdeen College Construction Training Facility building designed by Archial.
Designed as the new main building on the Altens campus to relocate construction trade courses onto the same site as engineering, the new facility contains workshops and classrooms for joinery, brickwork, painting and decorating, and plumbing courses, as well as a new library, learning resource centre, fitness suite and communal eating areas.
A key element of the design brief was that the building would incorporate all the elements required to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating. To that end, the building incorporates a variety of CO2-reducing measures including the installation of solar panels, a 25KW wind turbine, natural ventilation, modulated lighting, insulation levels higher than building regulations, and radiant heat in the workshops in place of blown heat. Rain water is collected from the roof of the building for use in the toilet cisterns. 1 Mar
Norwegian architects Snøhetta set to design this latest Maggie’s Centre. The building is due to be located on the campus at Foresterhill Hospital. The Elizabeth Montgomerie Foundation (EMF) and Maggie’s are involved in an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise £3m to build this latest Maggie’s Cancer Caring Centre. 17 Feb
Aberdeen Building News in 2010
Best Building in Scotland
Doolan Prize – winning buildings news. 2 Nov
Justice Mill Lane
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Justice Mill Lane Building : Richard Murphy Architects. 4 Oct
Peacock Visual Arts Aberdeen News
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Peacock Visual Arts building design by Brisac Gonzalez Architects
Suttie Centre Building
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Suttie Centre Aberdeen design by Bennetts Associates
Aberdeen Building News in 2009
Aberdeen Art Gallery Redevelopment Study
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Award-winning architects Gareth Hoskins Architects of Glasgow have been chosen to create a design study to ensure Aberdeen Art Gallery building is fit for purpose for the 21st century. 5Nov
Subsea 7 Campus
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Subsea 7 Campus Development, Westhill by Michael Gilmour Associates. 4 Nov
Union Square Opens
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Union Square by BDP
Bon Accord Centre Extension
Bon Accord Centre. 21 Aug
Paull & Williamsons offices, Union Plaza
Michael Laird Architects
Paull & Williamsons offices. 10 Mar
Aberdeen Architects – Listings
Aberdeen Building News in 2008
Peacock Centre News
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Northeast Scotland’s main centre of contemporary visual arts under threat not by credit crunch but by North Sea oil millionaire Sir Ian Wood’s plans to flatten Union Terrace Gardens.
Aberdeen Architectural News – 2008
Aberdeen Building News – 2006
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