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374-bed Development Proposed for Aberdeen

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Proposals have been put forward to develop a former snooker club located in the centre of Aberdeen into student accommodation.

The property developer Downing has submitted plans to develop a 374-bed student accommodation block situated on John Street near the Woolmanhill roundabout.

The site of the former snooker club closed its doors in 2009 and the site has been derelict since September.

According to development director of Downing, Paul Houghton, the scheme would rejuvenate the area.

Mr Houghton added: "Our proposals represent a substantial investment in Aberdeen and, if our planning application is successful, will be Downing Students' fourth development in Scotland. In addition to providing the city with affordable, much needed student beds, the building will transform a previously derelict site, rejuvenating the surrounding area."

The plans drawn up by architects Flectcher Joseph Associates include the use of materials that have been specifically chosen to reference both the historic and contemporary elements of Aberdeen, whilst also ensuring the development blends in with nearby properties.

If the plans are approved, it's hoped that the building will be complete by the end of summer 2018 in time for students to move in for the following academic year.