£625,000 plans to turn former clothes store in Aberdeen shopping centre into bookshop and cafe

Waterstones will be moving from the Trinity Centre to a unit within the Bon Accord Centre

Work to convert a former clothing store into a bookshop and cafe is under way – and it’s expected to cost more than £600,000.

Last year it was revealed Waterstones will be moving from the Trinity Centre to a unit within the Bon Accord Centre.

Now, with the closure of the Monsoon store in the centre, work has begun to convert the unit into the latest bookshop from the national chain.

A building warrant lodged by Waterstones has detailed its plans for the site, including ripping out Monsoon’s fixtures and fittings as well as demolishing some non-load bearing walls.

In its place the firm intends to install new customer toilets, a platform lift and cafe.

The building warrant lists the total value of work as £625,000 and is pending consideration.

Speaking in December, a spokeswoman for Waterstones said: “All booksellers from our Union Street location will transfer to the new shop. We anticipate opening in time for Easter 2018 but will confirm exact dates closer to the time.”

Alister Thompson, head of asset management for Bon Accord Centre owner Capreon, said: “This new letting really complements the wider asset management strategy for Bon Accord with the addition of a restaurant terrace and 700-seat cinema. We are really happy that, with the move from Union Street and the 10-year lease, Waterstones has showed its support to the long-term developments of the Bon Accord Shopping Centre.”

The centre plans to start work soon on a planned new cinema and restaurant terrace.

The centre’s owner was granted planning consent three years ago for a seven-screen cinema and restaurant space.

The cinema project alone is understood to be worth almost £2.2 million. Under the plans, the empty Bon Accord Centre bowling hall will be stripped out and its roof replaced to create the new cinema.