In previous iterations of the AECC plan, Strathcona House was included as part of the wider campus but is omitted in the most recent proposals submitted last Friday to allow access for a service yard.
"Strathcona House has the potential to play an important role within the new development, it is clear that the developers were open to retaining it in the early planning stages, and I hope they will be willing to reflect upon the concerns from the local community and retain the building.
"I am working to try and resolve an issue regarding a beautiful historic building threatened by a planning development. Concerns have been raised with me by constituents in relation to the proposals by Henry Boot Ltd, to demolish Strathcona House as part of the new AECC development. Many are rightly concerned that a piece of Aberdeen's architectural heritage could be removed.
"Early iterations had Strathcona House being retained within the development, and it is only late in the process that the proposal to demolish has been brought forward. Strathcona House has historical links to Canada via Baron Strathcona, and also links the site to the development of the Rowett Institute itself.
"I believe that there is an opportunity here for all to be involved in ensuring that major developments take a sensitive approach to the heritage of the city. Previous iterations of the plans prove that we don't have to take a binary approach to development and conservation; it should be possible to have both.
"As a result I have written to the developers seeking a re-examination of this proposal, learn the lessons from recent history and approach their design brief in a manner which is sensitive to local heritage. I think the recent controversy over the Muse development in the city centre, which showed a lack of understanding of the surrounding heritage, demonstrates that developers have to be willing to be sympathetic to local heritage wherever possible."
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