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Triple Kirks office plans in Aberdeen backed

Computer-generated image of the proposed Triple Kirks office development. Pic courtesy of Halliday Fraser Munro.
Image caption The project involves the A-listed ruined facade being knocked down but its spire would remain

Plans for a £40m office block at the site of Aberdeen's historic Triple Kirks have been backed by councillors.

Built in the 1800s after being designed by architect Archibald Simpson, the red-brick tower and spire has been lying derelict since the 1970s.

The development management sub committee voted seven to four in favour of a seven-storey building.

It would see the A-listed ruined facade on Schoolhill being knocked down but its spire would remain.

The new development, which is being undertaken by Stewart Milne Developments, has been designed by Aberdeen architects Halliday Fraser Munro.

Malcolm Deans, managing director of Stewart Milne Developments, said: "With planning consent granted, we will be actively marketing the development and are confident that, with the current lack of office space of this quality and stature, we will secure a high profile pre-let."

Councillors also gave their unanimous approval to plans for 740 homes on Wellington Road.

However, they will only get the final go-ahead once legal agreements have been reached over road improvements and affordable housing.

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