PLANS to turn an iconic former department store into a hotel have been pulled, the Evening Express can reveal today.
Proposals to turn the former Esslemont and Macintosh building in Aberdeen city centre into a 98-bedroom hotel were submitted in November last year.
The plans, submitted by city firm Castlecall, also included a glass extension on to Broad Street and a new three-storey link bridge between the buildings.
However, the applications for detailed planning permission and listed building consent to carry out the work have been withdrawn.
Aberdeen City Council confirmed planning applications to carry out this work have been withdrawn.
City council planning convener Ramsay Milne added: “The proposed planning application has now been fully withdrawn.”
Castlecall refused to comment.
Esslemont and Macintosh closed in May 2007 when owners Owen Owen went into administration and a large section of the two buildings has been out of use since.