AMBITIOUS proposals for a multi-million pound redevelopment of the derelict Aberdeen Seafood Park were today unanimously approved by city councillors.
Developer the Drum Property Group plans to demolish the long-neglected park in the harbour area of the city and transform the site into the new North Sea headquarters for oil company EnQuest.
EnQuest is the largest UK independent oil producer in the North Sea and currently employs around 500 people at two locations in Aberdeen.
The eight-storey. 13,600 square foot office building and a 271 space multi-storey car park are to be built on the northern part of the site, close to the Union Square shopping centre.
A spokeswoman for Aberdeen City Council said: “The development will create an imposing building at the gateway to the evolving North Dee office area and help to set an architectural benchmark for future development there. Public realm improvements, including the widening of pavements on all frontages of the block, the incorporation of natural granite slabs and benches to pavements and the planting of semi-mature hornbeam trees along the Palmerston, Raik and Stell roads will be made as part of the development. An electric vehicle charging point is also to be provided.”
Councillor Ramsay Milne, the convener of the Development Management Sub-committee, said: “This is a really exciting development which strongly reinforces the message that business is booming in Aberdeen and we are open for business.”
He added: “The city has experienced a considerable amount of business interest in recent times and attracted a very significant number of planning applications for major commercial developments. The EnQuest project is another feather in our cap and I am delighted that we will soon have a high-quality development in the North Dee area. The EnQuest building will make fantastic use of a site which has been lying derelict for some time and will no doubt act as a catalyst for driving the regeneration of the area and attracting further office development here.”
Graeme Bone, a Drum director, said: “EnQuest is a major player in the North Sea and this development will enable the company to bring its current workforce together under one roof and at the same time provides space for expansion.
“Our proposals will also lead to the physical regeneration of a neglected and rundown area of the city and in addition act as a catalyst in generating additional long term economic activity for the harbour area and the city in general.”
It is hoped the development will be completed by late 2014.