A landmark new office complex, which will transform the historic Triple Kirks in the heart of Aberdeen city centre, is to be taken forward by multi-award winning developer Dandara after being approved by Aberdeen City Council in August 2011. Dandara will invest more than £20 million in breathing new life into the A-listed former church designed in 1843 by the legendary city architect Archibald Simpson.
The Point office Space and Dandara
The new development, branded The Point, will provide 7,342 sq.m. (80,000 sq.ft.) of commercial office space within the footprint of the former North Kirk. Retaining the spire as its focus, the Point will provide 7 storeys of grade A open plan office space. This development is the latest significant investment being made in Aberdeen by Dandara, which is creating new communities across the northeast and has established a 250-strong workforce to deliver its projects.
Gavin Wyley, managing director of Dandara in Aberdeen, has stated that “This is another significant step forward for the regeneration of Aberdeen city centre as a prime place to do business, and we are proud to have acquired one of the city’s true architectural jewels. […] We plan to begin development very soon and are in a position to move forward quickly thanks to planning permission having already been granted by Aberdeen City Council.”
Mr Wyley also pointed that “by delivering The Point we will create much-needed class-A office space to help re-invigorate the beating heart of the Granite City, and aim to be on-site before the end of the year with a target of completing the building in late 2015. […] With limited scope for iconic commercial development in Aberdeen, we expect to see strong interest from the marketplace – The Point offers an ideal location for companies in the buoyant energy sector, and corporates who have long held an ambition to establish themselves in the city centre but been constrained by availability.”
Regarding the design and building process, Mr Wyley has added that “Elected members voted to embrace the future by approving Halliday Fraser Munro’s design for The Point, and we can now begin our work to enhance the city centre by restoring one of its great landmarks.” He has also expressed Dandara’s appreciation for Aberdeen: “[It] is a key location for Dandara, we have built up a sizable team and are committed to the region, where we are delivering a series of commercial and residential property developments which provide much-needed amenity to address strong market demand.”
Dandara has 50,000 sq ft of office and industrial development under construction in Westhill, with further commercial development planned for Aberdeen in the near future. It has already delivered the Deeside Brae and Oakhill Grange communities in Aberdeen, and Tarves Lea in Aberdeenshire. Large-scale residential developments are being taken forward at Stoneywood and Hazelwood in the city, while Fairley Grove at Kingswells and Crichie Bank, Inverurie are currently pending planning permission.