Plans submitted for new Aberdeen Market

A planning application has been submitted for a new Aberdeen Market featuring international-style food and drink outlets to help the city’s recovery from the pandemic.

Aberdeen City Council said the proposal would also create a pedestrian connectivity between Union Street and the bus and railway stations via The Green and ‘enliven’ Hadden Street and Market Street with urban realm improvements.

The plan is to develop the site with market-style floorspace to create a ‘destination venue’ promoting local produce and goods alongside continental-style delicatessen, cafes, and food outlets.

The design will feature a mix of fixed indoor units alongside space for temporary and pop-up facilities and would be flexible to seasonal requirements. The local authority added that there would also be a covered space outside which could be used for music events or further market space.

It was announced in this week’s UK Budget that the council will receive £20 million from the Levelling Up Fund which will be used towards the development of the New Market.

Councillor Jenny Laing, leader of Aberdeen City Council, said, “Union Street remains the beating heart of our city. As part of our regeneration programme for Aberdeen, we have committed £150m towards reshaping the city centre as a destination of choice and I am delighted that we have managed to leverage in an additional £20 million in Levelling Up funding to help deliver this project.”

In May, the city growth and resources committee agreed to the purchase of the former Aberdeen Market and BHS building. The ex-BHS building had been vacant for about seven years.