Detailed plans lodged to transform Aberdeen’s Broadford Works into urban village

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Detailed plans have been lodged to transform one of Aberdeen’s most well-known buildings into an urban village.

The Broadford Works site, which was once home to the largest collection of category A-listed buildings at risk in Scotland, has been taken over by developer Inhabit.

The property firm has followed up on its outline planning consent with a detailed planning application for the redevelopment of the site, which has lain empty since 2004, following the closure of the Richards textile factory.

Under their plans, the former textile factory will be transformed into a 590,000 sq ft development of 460 homes as well as accommodation for 430 students.

But the developer has claimed about 40% of the site’s iconic Grey Mill will need to bulldozed as a result, claiming retaining the current structure as it stands would be unfeasible and unsafe.

Ana Nekhamkin, managing director of Inhabit, said: “In preparation for the submission of this planning application we have worked closely with Aberdeen City Council, Historic Environment Scotland, local residents and businesses to create an environment that is sensitive to the unique character of the buildings within Broadford Works and creates a dynamic and inclusive project to the benefit of Aberdeen.”

The plans also  include the creation of an urban village will also include commercial office space, shops, restaurants and cafes.

Russell Borthwick, chief executive of Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, welcomed the plans.

He added: One of the main areas of focus in the plan is to attract people back into the city centre to work, for leisure and to live. This is the approach that has driven regeneration in successful peer cities in the UK and beyond.

“The Broadford Works development will provide a great platform for this; helping enterprise and innovation flourish and attracting entrepreneurs to Aberdeen who will make a valuable economic and cultural contribution to the city and the wider region.”