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Aberdeen Harbour Building : Marine Operations Centre

Pocra Quay Building, North East Scotland design by SMC Parr Architects, Scotland

7 Mar 2006

Marine Operations Centre Aberdeen Harbour

SMC Parr Architects’ new Marine Operations Centre at Aberdeen Harbour has won this year’s only Aberdeen Civic Society Award, 5 Oct 2006.

Parr Architects are one of the four scottish practices bought up by SMC in the last week catapulting the SMC Group to being Scotland’s largest architects.

Aberdeen Harbour Building : Marine Operations Centre
photograph from 2006 © Adrian Welch

Aberdeen Harbour Masters’ Tower

Pocra Quay Aberdeen building designed by SMC Parr Architects:

SMC Parr Architects’ new Marine Operations Centre at Aberdeen Harbour, which opened its doors last month, has already been given recognition for the quality of its’ design – a prestigious Award from the Aberdeen Civic Society, presented at a ceremony last night. The new Centre at Pocra Quay was the only project to receive a full Award from the Civic Society this year. The new state-of-the-art building will control all vessel movements into and out of the busy harbour, and succeeds the old Navigation Control Centre known locally as “The Roundhouse”, built in 1803.

Aberdeen Harbour Masters' Tower Aberdeen Harbour Masters Tower
photo from 2006 © Adrian Welch

The new building sits on a prominent site, within the Footdee Conservation Area, where the North Pier meets the main land mass. The design concept was the interaction of two interlocking forms; solid and light. The solid element – built from precast concrete with pure white aggregate as a metaphor of a lighthouse – contains the stair, lift and toilet core.

The light element, containing the main accommodation spaces, has facetted glazing around its perimeter which provides reflections of the setting of the building. The ground floor area has been kept to a minimum to lighten the connection between the building and the surrounding landscape.

The Centre is organised around a strict set of operational criteria in terms of security, visibility and interior comfort. A further key requirement was to consider environmental factors – a mixed mode ventilation/cooling system utilises displacement ventilation for the main floorplates, with the solid core used as a thermal mass and vertical ventilation stack.

Aberdeen Harbour Marine Operations Centre – Building Information

Main Contractor: Sir Robert McAlpine
Length of Contract: One year
Value: £3.7m

Pocra Quay Operations Centre at Aberdeen Harbour information from SMC Parr Architects

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Location: Pocra Quay, Aberdeen, North East Scotland, UK

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