An application has been lodged to develop a vacant Aberdeen city centre building into shops, a cafe and a residential development.
Developer Rockspring has submitted two new applications to re-configure buildings at 101-103 Union Street to allow for retail uses, a residential development and a cafe.
The plans will also include the change of use at the lower levels to create the new cafe space, accessed from The Green.
The proposals for the vacant site form part of wider plans which take in the former BHS building and Aberdeen Market.
A spokeswoman for Rockspring said they are working closely with Aberdeen City Council to “enhance” the buildings but also to “transform them into more relevant and attractive sites” in a bid to regenerate the area.
She added: “Union Street has suffered in recent times due to structural changes in the retail environment.
“Our flexible schemes address a number of key concerns with the current retail market and add much-needed living opportunities to a city centre which has been largely neglected by residential developers. In addition, Merchant Quarter is in need of regeneration and mixed use development.
“Our planning application seeks to plug the holes left by failing retailers and department stores, making the area more attractive and fit for purpose so that, together, we can bring more people to live and work in the city, bringing its historic core back to life.”
A design statement, prepared by Montagu Evans on behalf of Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust, said shopfront alterations, reconfiguration of internal floorspace and a change of use of the upper floors to form residential space are among the proposals.
It added:“The refurbishment and alterations proposed are intended to refresh the premises and create a new opportunity and new future for the property.”
The unoccupied floor areas on levels four, in part, plus all of five and six, are proposed to be changed into residential use.
As previously reported in the Evening Express, plans have also been lodged for a major transformation of the neighbouring Aberdeen Indoor Market site and the former BHS building – also both owned by the firm. A design statement with the plans said the redevelopment of the market would see an “under-utilised, unloved building” revitalised into a “vibrant retail space”.
Under the proposals, new shopfronts will be introduced on The Green and Market Street with the intention of providing better pedestrian access.
Last year the city council pulled out of a planned joint residential development at the site, claiming it was not “financially viable”.