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Plans for Atholl House Approved

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Plans to demolish Atholl House in Aberdeen, replacing it with a mixed-use development, have been granted approval.

Under the scheme, the existing building in Guild Street will be demolished to allow for a new development to take its place, which could include student accommodation, a hotel, retail and food and drink premises.

It is also hoped that the new scheme will help to improve connections between the main shopping area of the city and the train station, as well as providing a sheltered public square at street level.

Commenting on the project, Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: "We welcome the news that plans for Atholl House have been approved."

"If these come to fruition, it will be a positive step as the development proposals and significant investment will regenerate an important part of the city centre, as well as fitting in within the wider masterplan."

"It will inject new vitality into the area and potentially enable improved connectivity which will have a good knock-on effect in the heart of Aberdeen."

The Atholl House building was originally built in 1970 but is now vacant and is seen as an eyesore located on the edge of a conservation area. Aberdeen City Council officers even suggested it was visually discordant with the historic character of the area.