Revised Aberdeen quarry heritage centre plans revealed

Architects at Halliday Fraser Munro have unveiled revised plans for a £5 million heritage centre at Rubislaw Quarry in Aberdeen.

New images have been released of the proposed development to coincide with its application to Aberdeen City Council planning officers.

Euan Cox, one of the architects behind the project, said changes included the visual aspects.

A lift, which will be created within the centre, has also been added to the design plans.

The new plans will involve lowering the water level of the flooded pit by 50m and opening up access to the public.

Terraces and viewing decks will also be developed and the quarry will be split into different “zones” for a variety of uses.

The centre will incorporate a museum, educational suites, meeting rooms and a restaurant, which will contain 60 tables.

The architects aim to meet planning officers again before the end of the year, and it is hoped a decision will be made before December.

In their design statement HFM wrote: “The new centre celebrates the excitement of the quarry through use of a dynamic form. The façade makes use of reclaimed Rubislaw granite mimicking the quarry’s rock face in an abstract way.

“While the frontage to Queens Road is windowless the rear maximises the use of glass to give as many views of the quarry as possible.”

Co-owner of the site, Sandy Whyte, who is heading the project with Hugh Black, said work would start early next year if the plans are approved before the end of this year.

It is hoped the centre would open in 2016.

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