Construction work coming to Aberdeen business park

Hotel News - 05/09/2011

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A new business park proposed for Aberdeen could create some much-needed local jobs in the construction business. Plans have just been unveiled for the development, which is slated for an area next to the city’s airport.

The proposed work, which is intended to turn land adjacent to Aberdeen airport into a new business park, was unveiled by developers Ribnort and the Aberdeen airport. The plans for the ABZ, as it is known, will require investment of roughly £100 million in construction and are forecast to bring approximately 2,000 new jobs to Aberdeen.

The business park, which will cover an area of 54 acres, will contain both industrial and commercial spaces, and a four-star hotel. The development will also provide support for the £10-million extension of the airport’s runway.

Initial work on infrastructure for ABZ could begin soon. The first units could be ready for businesses to move into the development by next summer.

George Stevenson, who founded Ribnort, says his firm hopes the proposed development will help the city to maintain its key position within the greater Scottish economy. He pointed out that the plans would hopefully provide capacity for the energy sector and other industries to make inward investment.

Aberdeen City Council last month gave the green light to a proposal by Stewart Milne Developments for an office complex costing £40 million. The development is going up at the historic Triple Kirks church property, which has been derelict for decades.

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