Restoration project in Union Street hailed by business leaders

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A RESTORATION project in Aberdeen’s Union Street is being hailed for bringing fresh sparkle to the city’s Granite Mile.

The disused floors above 139 Union Street have been turned into six apartments by developer City Restoration Project Ltd, run by brothers Dean and Darren Gowans.

The creation of the urban homes is one of the eight objectives of the Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan, the local council’s regeneration blueprint for Union Street and the surrounding area.

Councillor Marie Boulton, a key architect of the Masterplan and chair of the city’s planning and development committee, believes the development is a benchmark step towards bringing European-style chic urban living to Union Street.

She said: “The attention to detail of the historic features and the high quality finishes is exceptional – and this certainly marries with the vision we see for the city centre going forward.”

The development, which is being marketed by Aberdein Considine, took almost a year to complete.

Dean said: “This is our second build in the area after developing 148 Union Street a few years ago and we were excited by the potential to create bright and spacious homes within these historic buildings.”

Darren says the brothers are actively seeking similar sites for development, adding: “The character and charm of Union Street buildings is now being enhanced by major investment in projects like Union Terrace Gardens and the Art Gallery, so Aberdeen has as much to offer in this space as anyone else.”

Adrian Watson, Aberdeen Inspired chief executive, added: “We are delighted to see residential development of this superb quality on our main thoroughfare of Union Street.

“This fits perfectly with the city living strand of the Masterplan, as we look to bring more people into the heart of our city to live, work and of course enjoy the many attractions and amenities on offer.”

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