Flats plan for Aberdeen church

Rutherford Church AberdeenPlans have been unveiled to demolish part of an Aberdeen church to form a block of 20 flats.

Proposals submitted by Andrew Buchan for the former Rutherford Church building in the city’s Rosemount area will see the category C-listed building retain its façade.

The main church building is also owned by Mr Buchan, who converted it into flats in 2012, while the existing property currently consists of a dental surgery on the ground floor, an office on the first floor, and a disused health spa to the rear.

A design statement from Neil Rothie Architects said: “The proposed development of 116 Rosemount Place is to change the use and alter and extend the existing building behind the existing façade to provide residential apartments as an extension of an existing serviced residential business. The use as serviced flats or apartments to the adjoining building to the west has been established over the past two to three years and the extension of this operation is both logical and advantageous.

“High-quality materials are to be used throughout as it would have been when originally built as a church and church hall.

“The design will make a positive contribution to the listed building and to the wider conservation area and to Rosemount town centre by bringing more people to the area.”

The church was built in 1870.

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