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Student Accommodation in Aberdeen given the Green Light

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Planning officers in Aberdeen have approved plans to build a 374-bed student accommodation block on John Street.

The site had been left derelict following the demise of an originally approved hotel scheme put forward by another developer. In its place, Downing Students has proposed a high-quality student accommodation development and appointed Fletcher Joseph Associates to draw up the plans.

In a statement the architects said: "Once complete the building will offer active frontage, linking the city centre streets with the Woolmanhill area, and feature a landmark corner block, which is to act as a visible bookend to John Street. The development's u-shape footprint offers amenity at the heart of the scheme, channelling building occupants around internal and external social areas."

During the planning application process concerns were raised over the height of the proposed development and possible loss of light and privacy it could cause.

Following a dialogue with the council the plans were amended to reduce the height of the scheme in several key areas, with the intention to offer better lighting to both future students and neighbouring properties.

Developers George Downing Construction will start on site in the next few months and hope to have the building complete ready for occupants by the start of the 2018 academic year.