Work to start next year on new urban quarter

Councillors have approved a development programme for a new residential quarter in the heart of the city.

The vision for Queen Street would deliver more than 300 homes and incorporate a civic hub, cultural assets, enhanced heritage features and high-quality public realm.

Aberdeen City Council’s City Growth and Resources Committee approved the development programme and workstreams, subject to agreement with appropriate public sector partners and statutory bodies.

The Queen Street project’s estimated Gross Development Value is approximately £150 million, with development planned to take place in 2020-2026.

A brief setting out the aspirations for the type and quality of the housing as well as the streetscape and green space is being drawn up. Proposals will be sensitive to buildings of special architectural or historic merit.

A report for the committee also described the reform of public sector services – which could include integration and co-location – as a key principle of Queen Street’s regeneration.

A Multi-Agency Transformation Management Group, co-ordinated by the Council, is exploring ways to redesign services around the community to help deliver the city’s refreshed Local Outcome Improvement Plan.

The committee heard that the project’s next steps will involve further consultation with stakeholders, land assembly and site investigations.