Proposals are to be explored for a transformational residential development in the heart of Aberdeen as part of the next stage of the City Centre Masterplan.
Aberdeen City Council has allocated £500,000 to assemble a team to progress the vision for Queen Street as well as actions aimed at increasing the number of city centre homes.
The City Centre Masterplan, which was unanimously approved by Council in 2015, envisages Queen Street as a new mixed-use neighbourhood with a cultural component.
The site footprint includes Police Scotland; Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service; Aberdeen City Council (Town House extension and city mortuary); and the University of Aberdeen. A draft development framework, which has formed the basis of discussion between public sector partners, is being finalised.
Options could include building a new city mortuary at Foresterhill Health Campus; the possible demolition of the Aberdeen Police Scotland headquarters; the relocation of Council Chamber to the Mitchell Hall at the rear of Marischal College or alternatively using the Kings College conference facilities; and creating a new justice centre for Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service.
The redevelopment of Queen Street could allow the Council and Police Scotland to co-locate within the Council’s property estate to offer a multi-agency service.
City Centre Masterplan spokesperson Councillor Marie Boulton said: “The vision for Queen Street reflects the partnership approach needed for successful placemaking and economic growth.
“Increasingly businesses are returning to city centres and we can do our bit by helping deliver homes, improving the public realm, and creating the conditions where communities and commerce can flourish.
“We have a unique opportunity in Aberdeen to do something really special by working with public sector partners to create a dynamic, inclusive urban quarter, whilst at the same time improving our own services.
“With Queen Street and other developments in the pipeline, Aberdeen can be at the forefront of the international drive to attract new investment from which the city and residents can benefit enormously.”
The City Centre Masterplan aims to deliver 1,500 new homes and boost the population by 3,000.