Eyesore buildings to be demolished

A set of eyesore buildings are to be demolished as part of the Aberdeen City Council £26.4million Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme.

The demolition, asbestos removal and site works are to take place at 78 and 86-90 Powis Terrace as part of the scheme, which is designed to help traffic move around the city better.

The works comprise removal and disposal of asbestos containing materials and asbestos contamination; the demolition of all existing buildings superstructure and sub-structure including lower ground floor storey, floor slabs, foundations, basements, associated stone and concrete retaining walls, underground fuel tanks, inspection pits, external retaining walls.

It also involves site clearance and preparation including removal of existing external vehicle ramp, access roads and site hard landscaping of either concrete or tarmac, all necessary site excavations, the supply and erection of a new security fence and new timber knee rail fence, and supply and installation of a new kerb at rear of pavement.

A tender for the works has been put out on Public Contracts Scotland and it is estimated the work will start next month (October) for this part of the Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme, which will work alongside the improvements already delivered by the new crossing over the River Don which opened on 9 June.

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “This is another development in the £26.4million Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme and I’m sure residents will welcome the demolition of these buildings.

“The. Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme will benefit motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and will be a major upgrade to the roads network in the area and for the whole of the city.

“It will also help the delivery of other infrastructure routes and will mean a better journey throughout the city and further supports wider network policies such as the City Centre Masterplan.”

Last month (Aug), a preferred option for the key Caroline Place junction was approved at Full Council.

The £26.4million Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme is an important part of the city’s roads network as without further improvement, there is a risk of increased congestion in the immediate area and the surrounding network.

It is one of several major infrastructure projects worth a total of £560million which are leading one of the biggest transformations the city has had – these include third Don crossing, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR/B-T), and the A96 Dyce Park and Choose and Link Road.