Aberdeen set for build of ‘destination’ market space featuring international food and drink

PLANS have been approved for the creation of a new Aberdeen Market featuring international-style food and drink outlets.

The facility will replace the former Aberdeen Market and BHS building, which has been purchased by the city’s council after laying vacant for seven years.

Plans show that the ‘destination’ will feature a mixture of fixed indoor units of various sizes alongside event space for temporary and pop-up facilities that will be flexible to seasonal requirements. It will also feature an external, canopy-covered flexible space.

The development will 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 in and around The Green.

Aberdeen City Council said that the plans aim to aid the city’s recovery from Covid-19 by developing the site to include an ‘attractive’ market-style floorspace to create a ‘destination’ venue with marketplace elements promoting local produce and goods alongside continental style delicatessen, cafes, and food outlets.

Aberdeen City Council city growth and resources convener, councillor Alex McLellan, said, “We look forward to seeing the market development come to fruition, as it will be a real asset for our city centre and it will provide a strong platform for small and start-up businesses.”