┬ú40m Aberdeen Office Development
Aberdeen council has backed plans for the development of a ┬ú40m office block that will incorporate the historic Triple Kirks church building.
The original church, designed by noteable architect Archibald Simpson, was built back in the 1800s but has since fallen into disrepair and remained derelict for over 40 years. Previous proposals to refurbish the building have fallen short, and until now the future of the building had remained unknown.
Stewart Milne Developments has been approved to develop 4 office blocks surrounding, and integrating the church spire, with the remaining part of the church, controversially, being demolished. Interestingly, conditions to retain the spire have involved the requirement to maintain and encourage the nesting of peregrine falcons.
Managing Director of Stewart Milne Developments, Malcolm Deans has said “With planning consent granted, we will be actively marketing the development and are confident that, with the current lack of office space of this quality and stature, we will secure a high profile pre-let.”
“Triple Kirks will provide a unique office environment in the very heart of the city with superb views over Union Terrace Gardens.”
A naturally rusting steel finish will accompany the granite cladding of the new blocks, helping to incorporate the development in a location containing many of Aberdeen’s historic and unique buildings. The new office space will be greatly welcomed in the city centre, an area with high demand for grade A space.
Head of Planning and Sustainable Development Dr Margaret Bochel has commented that, “It is accepted that the height and massing of the new building would to a degree compromise the prominence of the spire in the city centre townscape. However, the proposed retention and refurbishment of the spire itself is considered to be a positive feature and the full height of the spire would still be appreciated from most public viewpoints.”