Plans to transform two major Aberdeen city centre buildings will be scrutinised by councillors next week.
Real-estate investment group PATRIZIA lodged plans earlier this year to transform the former BHS store and indoor market on Union Street. City residents and businesses were invited to share their thoughts on the plans, which include adding floors to the market and increasing the size of The Green, creating a new civic square.
Councillors get the chance to quiz officers on the proposals and identify any relevant issues which they would like the applicant to consider and address in any future application.
A report, which will go before councillors on Thursday, said the proposals for a mixed-use development are expected to result in a loss of retail space.
They added the proposed development would have to make a positive contribution to the viability of the city centre and not undermine the main retail function.
The report also details that the building is expected to be around nine storeys tall and that it is therefore important that its visual impact is “considered carefully”.
The report added: “The site sits within the historic core of the city centre and is part of the Union Street Conservation Area.
“The council would be required to ensure that the character of the conservation area was either preserved or enhanced.”
It is hoped that, by enlarging The Green, people will be further encouraged to use the area for activities, events and gatherings.
The market will be built upwards using granite and glass to create a new city landmark, while the interior will include 120,000sq ft of office space offering 360-degree views across the city, along with cafes, shops and restaurants on lower floors.
The Market Street entrance will also be adapted, with the introduction of outdoor seating areas, and there will also be a gathering area for taxis.
It is hoped the new project could attract cafes, restaurants and businesses to The Green and Market Street and help the “vitality of the east end of Union Street”.
The firm also said the company wants to “dramatically improve the building’s external facade”.
The meeting will identify relevant issues they would like the applicants to consider and address in any future application for detailed planning permission.
A spokeswoman for PATRIZIA said: “Our proposal has a balanced blend of retail, leisure, cultural and office uses.
“Our plans also includes the refurbishment of the former BHS site to create a much more attractive frontage onto Union Street.”