Aberdeen multi-storey buildings become listed

Five multi-storey buildings in Aberdeen have now been added to Scotland’s listed building register.

Aberdeen multi-storey buildings become listed

Virginia Court and Marischal Court (image credit Andrew Stevenson)

Porthill Court, Seamount Court, Virginia Court, Marischal Court and Gilcomstoun Land have all been listed in recognition of their architectural and historic interest.

In January last year, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) had originally included eight multi-storeys on its list, which the public body said illustrated the physical and social changes taking place post-war.

However, Aberdeen City Council challenged the decision in April  – and a Planning and Environmental Appeals Decision (DEPA) Reporter agreed that Hutcheon Court, Greig Court and Thistle Court should be removed by HES. 

Council leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “The council notes the Reporter’s decision. We are pleased that the Reporter agreed with the council and overturned the listings for Thistle Court, Hutcheon Court and Greig Court.  

“Although the buildings at Gallowgate, Castlehill and Gilcomstoun Land will remain A listed, we also note that the Reporter has determined than the interiors of those buildings will no longer be listed.  

“Following the consideration of legal advice, we do not intend to appeal the Reporter’s decision.” 

To preserve the character of listed buildings, alterations can require special consent separate to any planning permission. 

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