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Council welcomes Triple Kirks development plans
Aberdeen City Council has welcomed news that work to develop the historic Triple Kirks is due to begin later this year.
Developer Dandara will transform the category A-listed landmark building into a new office complex, providing 72,600 square feet of commercial office space within the footprint of the former North Kirk.
Plans for the building, to be branded The Point, were approved in August 2011. The original building and its famous spire were completed in 1843 and are regarded as one of legendary city architect Archibald Simpson's finest works. It has been derelict since the 1970s.
Council leader Barney Crockett said: "Everyone in Aberdeen will be delighted to hear that something is happening at Triple Kirks after so many years of waiting.
"Dandara has already made a big impact in the city and I am sure they will do a great job. Aberdeen is a magnet to development and this is another great step forward."
Deputy leader Marie Boulton added: "This is wonderful news. The Triple Kirks was designed by Archibald Simpson and is a shining example o2f some of Aberdeen's finest architecture. The re-development of this historic landmark is something citizens have wanted to see for many years and I am delighted Dandara plan to start work so quickly.
"It is fantastic to see so many wonderful plans for the city centre and this, combined with the redevelopment of the St Nicholas House site, will go a long way towards revitalising the city centre."
Gavin Wyley, managing director of Dandara in Aberdeen, said: "This is another significant step forward for the regeneration of Aberdeen city centre as a prime place to do business, and we are proud to have acquired one of the city's true architectural jewels.
"We plan to begin development very soon and are in a position to move forward quickly thanks to planning permission having already been granted by Aberdeen City Council."