The commercial development arm of housebuilder Stewart Milne Group, has won planning approval for the construction of 72,600 sq ft of Grade A office space in Aberdeen within 4 new office blocks, which will encircle and integrate a listed church steeple.
Stewart Milne Developments’ managing director, Malcolm Dean said “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.”
Dean continued that "Triple Kirks will provide a unique office environment in the very heart of the city with superb views over Union Terrace Gardens."
The original red brick church was built back in the 1840s by the Georgian architect Archibald Simpson. Sadly, the Aberdeen building fell into disrepair and has remained derelict since the 1970s. Over the past 30 years several developments proposals to refurbish the building have not proved viable, leaving the future of the building uncertain.
The Stewart Milne scheme will require that portions of the dilapidated church are carefully demolished, in order to retain the spire which is a known nesting site of peregrine falcons. Once finished, Stewart Milne is confident that the new offices to let in Aberdeen will attract both SMEs and established business occupiers.
Aberdeen City Council ’s planning committee voted in favour of the £40m office development proposals that will comprise four adjacent office buildings, ranging up nine storeys in height. The Edinburgh-based developer acquired the site in 2008 and worked up the successful scheme design with Aberdeen architects Halliday Fraser Munro in order to unlock the prominent site’s full potential. The new office buildings will be clad in contemporary mix of glass curtain walling, granite surrounds, a steel finish which is designed to develop a weathered, rust-coloured patina.