STEWART Milne Developments has welcomed the granting of planning consent for the redevelopment of the Triple Kirks site in Aberdeen to create 72,600 sq ft (6750 sq m) of Grade A office space in the heart of the Granite City.
The £40 million development will transform a site which has been derelict for four decades into the most desirable office location in the city.
Designed by Aberdeen-based architects, Halliday Fraser Munro, the seven-storey building features contrasting glass and granite which will complement the local townscape, including the spire of the Triple Kirks which remains a focal point.
The finished structure will be constructed with sustainability in mind, meeting the highest standards of both BREEAM and Energy Performance.
In creating a contemporary building that breathes new life into a key city centre site, the design team strategy was one of integration through the use of granite clad solid blocks reflecting the nature of surrounding properties.
In addition, given the visibility of the site, maximising the views from the building and maintaining the view of the spire were paramount considerations.
A limited palette of the highest quality durable materials has been proposed to ensure that the building forms an appropriate and long lasting addition to the unique location.
Commenting on the plans, Malcolm Deans, managing director of Stewart Milne Developments, said: “As the most prominent Grade A space that Aberdeen has ever seen, Triple Kirks is quite literally the best building on offer in the city for potential occupiers.
“With planning consent granted, we will be actively marketing the development and are confident that, with the current lack of office space of this quality and stature, we will secure a high-profile pre-let.”
While the impact of recession has been felt across the UK, Aberdeen has weathered the storm better than other cities.
With few commercial developments coming on stream in the city in recent years, many agents are concerned that supply will fall short of demand.
Angus MacCuish, managing director of joint letting agent, FG Burnett, comments: “The Aberdeen commercial market is extremely buoyant and we are experiencing strong demand across all sectors, underpinned by a very active energy industry.
“Crucially, we require a ready stock of all grades of office and industrial space to be able to keep pace with demand and offer choice to prospective tenants.”
Paul Gee, chair of CB Richard Ellis Aberdeen, adds: “The City Council’s decision to grant planning consent for the Triple Kirks redevelopment comes at an opportune time when there is a complete lack of modern Grade A office accommodation available in the city centre against the backdrop of a strong level of occupier demand.
“This landmark development provides an excellent opportunity for a company to acquire a prestigious HQ facility with exceptional views, benefiting from the wide variety of amenities available given its location in the heart of the city centre.”
Aberdeen-based agents CBRE and FG Burnett are acting for Stewart Milne Developments in letting the Triple Kirks site.
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