Cinema & Restaurant Development
Plans for a major project to expand the Bon Accord & St Nicholas shopping centres with an exclusive new restaurant and cinema development have been unveiled.
BMO Real Estate Partners, owner of the Bon Accord & St Nicholas centres, believes the ambitious project will complement the landmark developments taking place in the traditional core of Aberdeen.
At the centre of the project is a 28,000 sq ft cinema complex featuring seven screens and with the capacity to seat 800 people. Seven new restaurants are also integral to the proposed expansion, totalling 30,000 sq ft.
The innovative design includes the creation of a new entrance from Upperkirkgate at Drum’s Lane, leading to an external courtyard and providing access to the upper level of the mall where the new leisure area would be situated. The plans work within the existing footprint of the Bon Accord mall.
George Street Redevelopment Plans
BMO Real Estate Partners the owners of Bon Accord have unveiled potential plans for the redevelopment of George Street. A consultation showed that proposals looking to enhance the shopping centre entrance on George Street, alongside opportunities to improve Loch Street and Crooked Lane, received overwhelming support – with 73% voting for redevelopment and improvement in these areas.
Owners BMO Real Estate Partners have revealed a design that could see a glass roof brought out towards George Street and the surrounding facade improved. Joanne Wilkes, from BMO Real Estate Partners, said: “The Bon Accord and St Nicholas centres play an important role in the retail heart of the city centre, and we were extremely pleased with the level of support and encouragement our development ideas received at the first consultation event. “Local people want to see focus and investment in the heart of the city, and we believe our proposals, which have been guided by the vision of the City Centre Masterplan, help deliver on that.
“The designs being presented are based on feedback from local people and stakeholders and focus on the George Street entrance into the Bon Accord, alongside the pedestrian crossing on Upperkirkgate and Schoolhill and the space leading into the St Nicholas Centre from Union Street.”
More than 150 people attended the first consultation in August, which looked at a range of potential investment, development and improvement ideas. Support for enhancing the pedestrian crossing at Upperkirkgate and Schoolhill and improving the link between the Bon Accord and St Nicholas Centre also received backing.
A total of 76% of people voted for improvements to the central thoroughfare, which sees more than 20 million pedestrians crossing it each year.
Ideas to improve the area between Union Street and St Nicholas Centre also received a positive response with 75% of attendees supporting proposals to enhance the historical area in the heart of the city.