Triple Kirks offices plan submitted

Posted on by John Cronin

Plans for a multi-million pound office scheme on the site of a well-known Aberdeen landmark have been submitted.

The Evening Express reports that property developers Stewart Milne Developments have finally submitted plans for the speculative scheme having undertaken a public consultation exercise. The Aberdeen City Council planning database does not however list the application at time of publication. The developers want to develop a new office scheme at the Triple Kirks site where 3 churches were built in 1843. The site and ruined buildings have been derelict since the 1970’s. The remaining church spire is listed and must be incorporated into any new-build scheme.

Triple KirksThe £40m scheme, if approved, will offer a 6-storey office building affording some 72,600 sq ft of Grade A floor space (pictured).

The new building, which will also include underground car-parking, is expected to achieve a BREEAM rating of ‘Excellent’. Construction on the site is hampered by a marked difference in adjacent ground levels giving rise to a 1-in-3 slope across the proposed 0.43-acre site.

The proposed scheme has met with some local criticism with some locals unhappy that the building does not fit with existing property in the vicinity. The Aberdeen Voice local news site describes the scale of the proposed office development as: “too large com­pared with the steeple and the build­ing has a bloated rather bizarre appear­ance as a res­ult. The blocks are too high com­pared to the sky­line of the sur­round­ing build­ings. A five storey build­ing would be more in keep­ing here.”

Architects for the scheme are Halliday Fraser Munro and marketing agents include CB Richard Ellis.

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