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April 7, 2014

Muse unveils plans for Aberdeen’s Marischal Square redevelopment

Muse Developments has unveiled plans for the new £107m redevelopment of Marischal Square in Aberdeen city centre.

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Muse Developments has unveiled plans for the new £107m redevelopment of Marischal Square in Aberdeen city centre.

The company will submit the full planning application for the project to Aberdeen City Council later this month.

The scheme will transform the former St Nicholas House site and create a larger prominence for the Provost Skene’s House.

Demolition work is currently underway at the site, which is scheduled to be handed to Muse later in the year ahead of its completion in 2017.

Marischal Square will deliver a mixed-use quarter for the city, including various retail facilities, public access, landscaping and public realm improvements.

Muse said that the site was previously dominated by the former council headquarters building St Nicholas House.

Redevelopment plans include 175,000ft² of offices with 250 car spaces, a 125-bed hotel and 14,500ft² of civic space in front of Provost Skene’s House.

The area will have 42,900ft² of civic space on Broad Street between Marischal College and the Marischal Square site.

Muse regional director for Scotland Steve Turner said: "The Marischal Square proposal fulfils the vision of the city’s Bon Accord master plan by providing a new civic square for Aberdeen, creating a fitting setting for Marischal College as well as delivering a vibrant new mixed-use development, in-keeping with Aberdeen’s justifiable position as one of the UK’s leading business destinations."

The Marischal Square funding agreement with Aviva Investors will see Aberdeen City Council lease the development and receive the rental profits for 35 years, after which time the site and development will transfer into council ownership.


Image: Full planning application for the project will be submitted to the Aberdeen City Council later this month. Photo: courtesy of Muse Developments.

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