£50million market expected to be given green light next week

27/10/2023

COUNCILLORS are expected to sign-off on a new market in Aberdeen next week.

Planners are recommending that councillors approve the proposals for the market, paving the way for construction to begin.

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Morrison Construction was recently announced as the main contractor for the site and the market will be operated by local hospitality group McGinty’s.

Should the go-ahead be given, the it could be open as early as 2025.

The £50million project will stand where the old marker and BHS once stood on the Granite Mile, while an open bridge will provide a walking route from Union Street to the Green.

The plans are for a food hall on the lower floor with up to 10 vendors to choose from, and bar run in collaboration with local brewery Fierce Beer.

A number of small retail spaces are also available, and the bar and a coffee shop will include an outdoor balcony will overlook The Green.

Government backing

The project has already been backed by the UK Government, receiving £20million in levelling-up funding.

And council planners are singing from the same hymnsheet, saying the project will take forward the work of the city centre masterplan, creating an “attractive destination”.

Planners also believe the market development could “act as a catalyst for further city centre regeneration”.

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