Flats plan for empty Aberdeen office building

Flats plan for empty Aberdeen office building

Quattro House, an empty office building in the south of Aberdeen could be partially demolished to make way for new flats if plans submitted by Faro Capital are approved.

The building, which was recently valued at £1.5 million, has lain empty since Petrofac vacated the premises in summer 2015 – with the energy services firm later paying a reported £5.5m to escape the remaining five-year lease in 2019.

Having been on the market as offices since 2016, the owners of the building have concluded the “no serious interest” over the last five years “demonstrates no demand for the site in its current form”.

Now, Faro Capital has submitted plans to demolish the southern wing and part of the main building of the Altens office complex to build around 90 flats.

The real estate investment firm, through consultants Halliday Fraser Munro, has submitted a proposal of application notice (POAN) with Aberdeen City Council.

Quattro House is still listed for sale at £1.5m with commercial estate agents Knight Frank, marketing the two-storey Wellington Circle offices as 44,425 sq ft of space.

Its south wing, which could be destined for the wrecking ball, is approximately 9,000 sq ft in size, The Press and Journal reports.

Julie Robertson, Halliday Fraser Munro senior planning consultant, said: “It is proposed to replace the southern wing with new build residential apartments. For the main building, it is proposed to repurpose and convert it to residential apartments, including additional upper storeys.

“Overall the proposed development will have a smaller footprint and therefore there is an opportunity to provide high-quality outdoor amenity space for residents.

“It would be considered to be a sustainable reuse of a redundant building, through the repurposing of the majority of the existing buildings rather than complete demolition and rebuild.”

Vehicle access to the new residential development would continue to come from Wellington Circle, with a new pedestrian route added from Wellington Road.

Ms Robertson said these would also serve residents in Redmoss and Charleston and the surrounding commercial sites in Altens.

A POAN is a requirement ahead of submitting formal plans for developments of more than 50 homes and is a chance for developers to consult the public before finalising proposals.

Views will be taken late next month or in April through an online public exhibition, with local councillors and residents to be informed.

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