Latest Update

Works began on site in March 2015, following the demolition of the existing buildings. Kier construction are working apace and are currently on programme for our deadline of Summer 2016 opening.

Kier hand deliver a newsletter to keep local residents and businesses up to date on the site’s progress and goings on. The latest newsletter can be found below:

June 2015 Newsletter

Proposed Development

The proposed development is for a 6 storey  student accommodation block and associated infrastructure. It is expected that the accommodation will include approximately 196 bed space in cluster flats and studios.

The development will have a limited number (20) of parking spaces including those for management/servicing, disabled students and drop-off and pick-up at the beginning and end of term. There will be secure cycle paring provided on site. As both the University and City Centre are within a short walking or cycle distance of the site, students will be prevented from bringing cars and alternative green methods of travel will be promoted.

Site and Surroundings

The site is located on Powis Place (the A96), a main thoroughfare running North/South through Aberdeen.

This site is located approximately 1 mile North of the City Centre and 1 mile South of the main University of Aberdeen campus. It is a 10 minute walk from the site to both the City Centre and the University. There is also a bus stop and shelter on the pavement adjacent to the site.

The site area extends to approximately 0.20 hectares.

The site is currently a trade retail unit. The site includes a showroom, car park, yard and storage sheds at the rear.

The Froghall Community Centre sits adjacent on the site of Powis Place separated by a green amenity strip. A vacant four storey office building sits on the opposite corner of Fraser Place. On the opposite side of the dual carriageway is another four storey office block and a three storey modern tenement. Canal Road sits to the rear of the site with the railway line from Aberdeen to Inverness sitting beyond Canal Road.

Existing pedestrian and vehicular access is via Fraser Place. There is also pedestrian access to the showroom via external steps off Powis Place, however this access is now not in use. The site located on a crossroad junction complete with traffic lights and pedestrian crossing.

Site History

Planning Consultants, Fairhurst, understand that the most recent use of the site was as a ‘Plumb Centre’ but that the unit is currently vacant.

Although there is implemented and extant planning permission for residential units on the site, this development has stalled and the site has been marketed for other uses. Fairhurst consider that there are similarities between the extant planning permission and that proposed which both include a residential use of the site.

The previous planning permission (Ref No: 071539/1571) for a proposed residential development consisting of 40 flats and associated parking was approved on 15/10/2010. There is evidence that foundation trenches have been excavated on site and a letter available on the planning register to confirm that the Local Planning Authority considers development has commenced. No information is available in terms of discharge of planning conditions.
The commenced residential development (Ref No: 071539/1571) on site has, in Fairhurst’s opinion, established a number of principles as below. − The loss of the site as business/retail use is acceptable;

  • Development of residential use is acceptable;
  • High density use of the site is acceptable;
  • Traditional tenemental form of development facing onto Powis Place and Fraser Place is acceptable;
  • In terms of height, 5 / 6 storey (plus ground floor) development is acceptable along the frontage of Powis Place and 4 storey (plus ground floor)
    development is acceptable along Fraser Place;
  • Contemporary / modern design is acceptable; and
  • Vehicular access can be taken off Fraser Place to a gated internal courtyard providing car parking.

The Next Steps

A planning application for the proposals will be submitted in May/ June 2014.

The findings and results of this event will be reported in a Pre Application Consultation Report which will accompany the planning application submission. Please take the time to complete one of the provided questionnaires as all comments received will be taken into consideration in the application and design process.

All comments provided will be available to Aberdeen City Council in consideration of the planning application. Additionally, you will also have the opportunity to make formal representations to the Local Planning Authority during the determination process. However, Fairhurst hope to answer as many of your questions as possible at the event and through the application process.