Aberdeen flats plan makes progress with Greyfriars House demolition approval

Aberdeen City Council has approved plans to demolish Greyfriars House, paving the way for the development of 140 flats on the site.

Aberdeen flats plan makes progress with Greyfriars House demolition approval

Plans by Telereal Trillium to knock down the former office building in Gallowgate to make way for three buildings between five and seven storeys tall were unanimously agreed by the local authority’s planning development management committee earlier this year.

Now a building warrant application for the demolition of the existing building has been given the go-ahead.

The warrant is to cover “demolition and removal of all buildings and structures within the site boundary (three-storey office block, basement level and one single storey outbuilding), backfilling of the existing basement level, external works and disconnection of existing services”.

Nottingham-based firm Edge will carry out the demolition at a cost of around £350,000. The warrant for the demolition is valid for three years and expires in September 2023.

Two options for the number of flats have been outlined for the site once the existing building is demolished.

An optimised illustrative scheme shows 115 apartments – 26 studios, 52 one-bedroom, 29 two-bedroom and eight three-bedroom flats. Under the maximised illustrative scheme, the project would consist of 140 units, dominated by 88 studio flats with 48 one-beds and four two-bedroom homes.

A car park with space for 33 vehicles will also be constructed, and access points and road junctions will be altered.

Documents submitted alongside the planning application for the development read: “The proposed development would deliver additional housing in the city centre, which would comply with the vision of the City Centre Masterplan and thus, by default, with the Aberdeen Local Development Plan.

“It is considered that a satisfactory residential environment could be created whilst avoiding undue conflict with the adjacent land uses subject to a requirement for finalised details, including a noise impact assessment, to be submitted and assessed via subsequent matters specified in conditions applications.”

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