Aberdeen firm boosted by backing for car parking proposal

Aker Solutions, Howe Moss Terrace, Dyce, Aberdeen. Picture by DARRELL BENNS

A company that provides services to the oil and gas sector has been given a boost by the city council.

Aker Solutions occupies a large site in Howe Moss Road at Kirkhill Industrial Estate and is in the process of making changes there.

Its main car park used to be located at the Fyvie and Craigievar sites, but the firm has chosen not to renew its lease there so it needs more parking spaces nearer the Kildrummy and Crathes buildings.

The business asked Aberdeen City Council for permission to form a new 54-space car park and permission has now been granted.

There are currently 102 parking spaces there.

According to the council, agents acting for Aker to secure planning permission argued in a statement that the car park was necessary if Aker was to maintain its current workloads.

A council report said: “In a statement submitted by the applicant’s agent, it is alleged that, due to the economic downturn in the oil and gas sector, there is requirement for Aker Sol-utions to consolidate its existing facility at Kirkhill Industrial Estate, in line with required reduction in staff numbers.”

“Due to the number of employees now based at the Kildrummy and Crathes site, there is a subsequent shortfall in car parking which the applicant claims would affect its ability to maintain its current workloads.”

The report added that how the success of a planning application may impact on a company’s potential loss of revenue was not a planning consideration, but was useful back-ground information,

An Aker Solutions spokeswoman said: “The ongoing major redevelopment of Aker Solutions’ Kirkhill site demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to its operations in Aberdeen, enabling the creation of a world-class subsea service facility.

“The approved planning application for additional car parking at the site is another important milestone in the project.”