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Oil firm office plans recommended for approval
Plans to create Grade A offices on the former Aberdeen Seafood Park have been recommended for approval by city council planners.
Members of the Development Management Sub-Committee will consider the application, for an eight-storey, 13,600 square foot office block for oil firm EnQuest on the northern part of the site, when they meet in the Town House on Thursday. A multi-storey 271 space car park is also proposed for the site.
In a report to be considered by the committee, head of Planning and Sustainable Development Dr Margaret Bochel states: "Due to its proximity to Union Square and Jury's Inn Hotel, the development would not result in any additional obstruction of existing views of the city centre in approaches by road or rail from the south. It would result in an imposing building at the gateway to the evolving North Dee office area and help set an architectural benchmark for future development in the area.
"The proposal would also result in significant improvements to the public realm including the widening of pavements on all frontages of the block, the incorporation of natural granite slabs and benches to pavements and the planting of semi-mature hornbeam trees along the Palmerston, Raik and Stell roads."
Dr Bochel added: "Most notably, in terms of economic development, implementation of the proposal would build on recent commercial redevelopment in the immediate area and potentially act as a catalyst for the regeneration of the area historically dominated by the declining fish processing industry.
"The proposal has the potential to act as a flagship development for the redevelopment of North Dee as a future central business district for the city and as a stimulus to the regeneration of Torry on the opposite bank of the Dee.