Plans have been approved to create a gym next to Aberdeen’s IKEA store.
Pure Gym is set to occupy a vacant unit between the Scandinavian furniture store and Makro in Wellington Circle.
The gym would be the third of its kind in Aberdeen, as the company already operates one in Shiprow and another in the Kittybrewster Retail Park.
Proposals were given the go-ahead for the change of use because there had been no takers for the previously considered idea of having a supermarket or convenience store in the unit.
It is understood that developers Cyan Properties had been trying to find a suitable shop for the site since 2015 – before applying for the change of use in April this year.
A building warrant has now been lodged with Aberdeen City Council to kit out the gym.
It is understood that the warrant is for the internal alterations of the site including the partitioning, doors, ceilings and finishes to form the new gym facility.
Stephen Flynn, councillor for the Kincorth, Nigg and Cove ward, said that residents, while happy with the new facility, may have traffic concerns for the new site.
The SNP member said: “Many within the community have been crying out for more, easily accessible, facilities for some time so I’m sure that this project will have their backing.
“There will be traffic concerns raised by residents too, particularly due to the proximity of the new academy, as that is the unfortunate consequence of most modern developments.”
A planning decision notice said it was important for an alternative use for the site to be considered.
It said: “Although the application is technically contrary to policy within the Aberdeen Local Development Plan 2017, as it would remove the potential of the unit being occupied for class 4, 5 or 6 purposes.
“The particularities of the site layout are such that it is considered unlikely that the unit could realistically be occupied by such an operation, due to potential conflict with the existing uses and the general public accessing the adjacent IKEA unit and the requirement to access/service the unit only via the IKEA car park.
“It is also considered important to deliver a viable alternative use for the unit.”
Developers previously said the site would do well as a gym due to the surrounding offices, businesses and residents close by.
Aberdeen’s new IKEA opened in May last year.
Starbucks opened a drive-thru outlet on the site in February, making it the first of its kind in the city and the wider region.
The drive-thru, which was the sixth Starbucks store to open in Aberdeen, has resulted in the creation of around 30 jobs.