Students in Aberdeen could soon get a new pub in the heart of their campus

15 High Street on the University of Aberdeen campus.

A planning application has been lodged to turn a former house into a new student pub.

The property, at 15 High Street, Old Aberdeen, is situated within the grounds of the University of Aberdeen buildings.

It was previously used to lease out rooms for students but has lain vacant for the past 10 years.

It is now hoped a new student bar – IVY – will take its place.

Plans outline outdoor decking and gazebos, as well as an indoor bar area.

It will have a limited capacity of 50 people and will be built by students for students, with the aim of employing as many people studying at the university as possible.

Applicants are hopeful the bar will add to the student experience and improve student-oriented facilities on campus by filling the late-night facility gap.

Existing facilities such as The Hub, Sir Duncan Rice Library Cafe and Kilau Cafe all close at 6pm, leaving students with the choice of the Bobbin, which is off grounds, or the St Machar Bar.

The applicants said: “IVY would be an alternative and fun option on campus. There is a clear existence of a market of young students wishing to relax, unwind and socialise between lectures, after university hours and on free days in a place that is centrally located and convenient. Our target market would be the youthful population of Aberdeen with a particular emphasis on students of the University of Aberdeen. “The garden area would be an attraction that other bars do not offer and will provide for those wishing to find a quiet atmosphere during the day to read a book or enjoy a drink.”

However, objections have already been made by neighbours, who claim there is no reasonable need for a bar in the area when there are several already within the campus, or a short walking distance away, and it will increase drunken behaviour.

Concerns have also been raised altering the building, which is grade B listed, to make it a pub will diminish the historical significance of the surrounding buildings.

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