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Aberdeen masterplan cast into doubt

A scheme in the heart of the Bon Accord Quarter is set to be refused by Aberdeen City Council, fuelling further doubts about the quality of the massive city-centre project.

Last spring, a masterplan by HOK covering the £150 million development of the site received the dubious accolade of becoming the first scheme to be savaged by newly formed design watchdog Architecture and Design Scotland (A+DS) ( HOK's Aberdeen plan slammed).

Now, proposals by Jenkins and Marr to extend the Bon Accord shopping centre - and create around 300 new parking spaces - are recommended for refusal at Thursday night's planning committee meeting (19 January).

A decision not to give the scheme the green light will not come as a shock to some observers.

The criticism from A+DS about HOK's wider plans for the Bon Accord Quarter attacked the practice's lack of 'any kind of urban or architectural vision' and said the project 'was being driven almost exclusively by commercial and retail imperatives'.

by Richard Waite

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