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Closing date set for lease of historic Aberdeen property

19/06/14

A closing date has been set for the lease of Grade-A listed building designed by renowned Aberdeen architect Archibald Simpson.

Westburn House. Westburn House, in the city's Westburn Park, has attracted renewed interest as a redevelopment opportunity since the turn of the year. Aberdeen City Council has received approaches from a number of organisations seeking to redevelop and lease the property on a long-term basis.

The Property Sub-Committee unanimously agreed to set a closing date for the property, which has been on the market since 2010.

Convener Yvonne Allan said: "I'm really pleased that we may soon be in a position to appoint a development partner and agree a long-term lease for Westburn House.

"It's an attractive and striking building designed by one of Aberdeen's most famous sons, which has lain empty for a number of years. It's a great shame to see a splendid and historic building, especially one in such an attractive setting lying derelict.

"I really am excited at the prospect of seeing it redeveloped and brought back into use."

Westburn House was built in 1839 and was constructed of stuccoed brick, rather than the more usual granite used in Aberdeen at that time, and has a fine cast iron balustrade enclosing a verandah.

The single-storey property, which has a sunken basement, is in poor condition due to lying derelict for a number of years. The future development of Westburn House should achieve the restoration of the interior and exterior of the property while also securing an economically viable future use for it.

Before it fell vacant the property, which is on the Buildings at Risk register, was used as a home, a tea room and nursery. It has not been in use for at least 15 years.

A closing date has been set for 15 July at 4pm. For further information or to express an interest, contact Estates team leader Neil Strachan by emailing nstrachan@aberdeencity.gov.uk or calling 01224 523062. The property particulars are available online at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk