Plans to transform offices above Aberdeen casino into flats

Grosvenor Casino, Exchequer Row, Aberdeen

Offices above a city centre casino could be turned into apartments if newly-lodged plans are approved.

Halliday Fraser Munro has submitted the proposals for Exchequer House on Exchequer Row.

If approved, it would see four floors converted from office space into 39 apartments.

London-based SI City Wharf Ltd is behind the plans and has applied for a change in use from offices to the new homes.

The building was originally part of Grandfare shopping centre that opened in the 1960s.

The ground floor of the site is occupied by Grosvenor Casino.

Documents lodged with Aberdeen City Council by Halliday Fraser Munro claim the plans fit in with the City Centre Masterplan and meet the “high demand for housing in the city centre”.

A supporting statement said: “The existing offices on the first, second, third and fourth floors of Exchequer House will be converted into apartments.

“The majority of the existing facade will be retained and only modified to achieve any noise or environmental requirements.

“This may be achieved by secondary glazing.”

It has also been claimed the development will encourage a “walking environment rather than vehicle-based movement” and provide additional customers for business.

The supporting statement added: “General office and retail demand has fallen over the last few years in Aberdeen with the downturn in the oil industry.

“The demand for B grade offices in a building dating from the 1960s with no associated parking is likely to be lower than for newly refurbished or new build accommodation available elsewhere.

“The conversion of Exchequer House into apartments fits with the City Centre Masterplan proposal for a ‘Living City for Everyone’.

“The proposal provides housing in a residentially desirable location for anyone interested in city living.

“The proximity to amenities and transport is superb with the rail station within a six-minute walking distance.”