Aberdeen’s Bon Accord Centre expansion plans to move forward soon

What the new layout of George Street could look like after work is complete.

Plans for a major expansion of an Aberdeen shopping centre will be lodged next month.

Owners BMO Real Estate Partners have revealed a planning application will be submitted in the coming weeks to Aberdeen City Council to extend the Bon Accord Centre out towards George Street.

More than 150 people attended a consultation in August looking at potential investment, development and improvement ideas.

One design included a glass roof brought out towards George Street and improving the surrounding facade.

Support for enhancing the pedestrian crossing at Upperkirkgate and Schoolhill and improving the link between the Bon Accord and St Nicholas Centre also received backing, with 76% of people voting to support this.

And the firm has now revealed the plans, which will be submitted next month, are to include around 6,000sqm of additional retail space, a hotel and a number of flats.

The proposals would help form part of the City Centre Masterplan, which has an option to expand the George Street side of the centre.

On behalf of the owners, Chris Miller, of GVA – the firm helping to shape the plans – said: “The emerging development proposals at Bon Accord will provide around 6,000sqm of additional retail floor space, a hotel, a selection of flats and associated development. It will significantly contribute towards meeting a number of key policy objectives, both within the current development plan and emerging Local Development Plan.

“In particular, these relate to providing significant new retail floor space in the city centre to meet the identified shortfall. Also, improving a key city centre site and safeguarding the primacy of the city centre as the regional focus for retail and town centre uses.”

Meanwhile, the centre has pledged to fulfil separate plans which were approved in 2014 for an 800-seat luxury cinema featuring seven screens.

Mr Miller said: “They are now finalising their plans in this regard and expect the delivery of this project to commence in the near future.”