Bridge of Don office-block flat conversion plans to face scrutiny

Aberdeen councillors will investigate plans put forward by Parkland View LLP to turn the site of a former city office block, Silverburn House, into a large housing development.

Bridge of Don office-block flat conversion plans to face scrutiny

The block was previously demolished amidst great controversy after a large political spat erupted when the long-term tenants Baker Hughes left Silverburn House in Bridge of Don for new premises in Dyce.

The building had been a fixture of the North Sea oil and gas industry for decades and its demolition came only months after it changed hands, after going up for auction with a guide price of £1.25 million, only a fraction of its worth six years prior.

Under the new plans, the site on Claymore Drive would be converted into between 100 and 150 properties, that would comprise of both houses and flats. The development could also “potentially” hold shops, offices and food and drink venues.

Aberdeen councillor’s pre-application forum will look at Parkland View LLP’s proposals next week.

A report to councillors reads: “The building is understood to have been constructed in the 1980s and was formerly occupied by Baker Hughes. This site forms part of the Aberdeen Energy Park, which lies north of the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre and on the eastern side of Ellon Road. Silverburn House and the surrounding land to the north and east is identified in the Aberdeen Local Development Plan (ALDP) as ‘Specialist Employment Areas’, with a focus on Class 4 (business) uses.”

Following the forum, a further consultation would be required with the Bridge of Don community before more detailed plans would be submitted.

The applicants plan to hold a consultation event at the sports centre on Claymore Drive, on 8 October, between 12.00pm and 7.00pm.

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