A construction firm said it is keeping its “options open” on how a vacant Aberdeen city centre office building could be used in the future.
Mandale Construction North has submitted two separate proposals to Aberdeen City Council for Custom House on Guild Street in the Granite City.
In July the company was seeking permission from the local authority to convert floors one to six at the building into 49 flats.
As revealed in the Evening Express last month, the firm also lodged plans to turn the vacant office into a new 106-bedroom hotel.
Planning permission has also been requested for outside alterations, as the building lies in a conservation area.
A spokeswoman for Mandale Construction North said: “We are running both schemes through the planning system at the moment to leave our options open as to the building’s end use.
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“At this moment in time, neither scheme is superseding the other.”
The building currently houses a McColl’s shop on the ground floor with vacant former office space spread across the upper floors.More than 100 HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) employees used to work out of offices within the building, but were rehoused in 2006 when it was announced the building was closing. No parking is proposed for the site other than the 12 existing spaces in the building’s basement which will be retained as part of both of the proposals.
Castlehill and Pittodrie Community Council has welcomed the update and said there should possibly be a degree of flexibility regarding the proposals.
Jonathan Smith, chairman of the group, said: “We will be looking to have some formal consultation with the community before putting our views forward. I am happy that both applications are being taken forward and the affordable flats are also still going ahead.
“Regardless of the outcome, affordable housing in the city centre is still something we would be promoting.
“There are a number of hotel applications for the city centre which is a concern as there might not be the uptake once considered.
“I think that there should be some degree of flexibility. If it turned out there wasn’t a hotel demand they could go back to the affordable homes plans.”