The council decision was taken despite strong opposition from hundreds of members of the local community and individuals from as far away as Canada, where Lord Strathcona is better known for his involvement in founding the Canadian-Pacific railway.
The SNP group on the council had attempted to move an amendment to request that the feasibility of relocating the building be explored when it appeared to be clear that the Labour led council would not support the retention of the historic building in its current location.
“I am very disappointed that Aberdeen City Council has once again failed to listen to the public when taking decisions that have an impact on the survival of Aberdeen’s architectural heritage. It is particularly disappointing that the Council did not even consider a feasibility study to look at the retention of Strathcona House in a new location.
“This is a building which Historic Scotland reported to possibly have merit for category c listing status, a building which was considered by Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland to be worth recording for posterity and a place which is held in high regard by people all over the world due to links with the academic field of nutrition and the work conducted there on rationing during wartime.
“The current record of the council, in terms of protecting and respecting the heritage of the city leaves a lot to be desired and yet again they have failed to take the opportunity to improve their reputation. Local authorities are supposed to safeguard local heritage for future generations and when historians look back at our time, it is likely they will consider the current administration to be one of the worst guardians of our heritage in a generation. Yet again, we have another example of cultural collateral damage committed by the labour-led administration.”