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Aberdonians set to get first say on new Marischal Square development
Details of the first stage of the public consultation process for the redevelopment of the former Aberdeen City Council headquarters building at St. Nicholas House, will be announced soon.
One of the UK's largest commercial development and urban regeneration organisations, Muse Developments, is leading the consultation process and will be announcing dates for a series of public exhibition events on Friday (October 4th), which will play a key role in helping those living and working in the city decide the shape of the Marischal Square project.
The first of what is planned to be three public consultation phases ahead of the detailed planning application for the development being lodged with Aberdeen City Council next year, will be held in Aberdeen Art Gallery on Wednesday and Thursday, October 30th and 31st and Friday and Saturday, November 1st and 2nd.
Working in partnership with Aberdeen City Council, the Muse plans for the mixed-use development include office, hotel, retail, restaurant, leisure and civic space along with public access, landscaping, car parking and public realm improvements.
Muse regional director for Scotland, Stephen Turner, said the company expected significant interest in the project would be generated through the public consultation process.
"These public exhibition events, along with the regular update and consultation meetings we are holding with the Aberdeen City Council team, will play a key role in shaping the development for all concerned," he added.
"In structuring our earlier proposal to the Council, the objective has always been to deliver a development which is vibrant, respects the heritage of the location and the city and opens the area to wider public use.
"We are looking to deliver exemplar sustainable offices, high quality public realm including a new civic square between the scheme and Marischal College a circa 150-bedroom hotel and new retail/restaurant space which is designed to create a new mixed-use quarter for the city.
"I am confident the people of Aberdeen and the wider area will have a lot to say on the project and this first of three public consultation phases allows them to do just that. We are here to listen and the views expressed over the next few months will have a major influence on what we deliver for the city and its people."
Deputy leader of Aberdeen City Council, Marie Boulton said: "I am delighted to see the project moving on and that it has already reached the early stages of the planning process.
"I would encourage everyone to get involved with the pre-application consultation process, find out more about the project and share their comments with the developer."
The public exhibition events are scheduled to take place between 10am and 5pm on the Wednesday, Thursday and Friday and between 10.30am and 3pm on the Saturday.