Aberdeen International Business Park

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Coordinates: 57°11′43″N 2°12′24″W / 57.195382°N 2.206771°W / 57.195382; -2.206771 Aberdeen International Business Park (AIBP) is a major commercial building project located on the south eastern edge of Aberdeen International Airport, at Dyce, with direct road links to the Scottish motorway network, and close to Dyce railway station. The park's 40 acres will eventually provide up to 92,000 sq m of development, including offices, shops, leisure facilities and at least one 4-star hotel.

AIBP's first phase set records in 2014 as Scotland's biggest single office-letting deal, after Norwegian oilfield services giant Aker Solutions leased 31,100 sq m of space, including its own purpose-built leisure facilities.

Amenities[edit]

The current Phase 1 building includes:

  • Coffee Shop
  • Restaurant
  • Juice Bar
  • Nursery
  • Gym
  • Sports Hall
  • Outdoor Sports Pitch
  • Squash Courts

History of the site[edit]

Plans for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) outlined in early 2013's Aberdeen Airport Master Plan, opened up access to 93 acres of farmland to the south east of the airport.

Also contained in the plan was the construction of a link road between Dyce Drive and the existing A96 as part of the expansion of Aberdeen Airport at Dyce, making this parcel more accessible both to the airport and the wider road network to the city of Aberdeen and beyond.

The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is now expected to be completed in Winter 2017[1] with the Craibstone and Dyce Junctions scheduled to open by Autumn 2016. The Balmedie to Tipperty section will follow by Spring 2017.

This dual carriageway should significantly reduce congestion and improve accessibility to the wider Dyce area. The City Council is also constructing a new six-lane Airport Link Road (ALR) connecting Aberdeen Airport and AIBP with the A96 and AWPR.[2]

Aberdeen City Council's planning committee approved Aberdeen International Business Park’s first phase in June 2013, to include 27,400 sq m of office space and 3,700 sq m of leisure space, containing dining facilities, a day nursery, fitness amenities and a small shop.[3]

The entire 31,100 sq m was leased to Norwegian oilfield services giant Aker Solutions in August 2014 in what was Scotland's single largest office leasing deal. The initial rent, under the 20-year lease, was struck at almost £8 million per annum."[4]

The developer of AIBP is Abstract Group. The architect for Phase 1 was Keppie Design and the site contractors were Bowmer & Kirkland.

In May 2015, plans to relocate the Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre from its current Bridge of Don site to a nearby plot at the junction of Dyce Drive and the main A96 trunk road, next to the Rowett Institute, were presented to the city council. AECC is Aberdeen's largest Conference Centre and home to the biennial Offshore Europe exhibition, a major conference in the global oil and gas calendar.

The £333 million project is a joint venture between Aberdeen City Council and developer Henry Boot. Work is expected to start by mid-2016, with completion in late 2018.

Phase 2[edit]

A planning application for the second phase of building was submitted in March 2014[5] and the developers say they are looking to bring forward the next phases of the business park "at an early stage". When completed, AIBP 2 will comprise about 66,500 sq m in total with seven office buildings including at least one 6,600 sq m 4-star hotel, opposite Aberdeen Airport.[6][7]

Outline planning permission for two hotels on the site is currently before the City Council.[8] There are also plans for more than 2,000 car-parking spaces linked to office premises.

A nearby Park-and-Ride facility with 1,000 car parking spaces is also scheduled to open in 2016.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route / Balmedie to Tipperty". Transport Scotland. 24 March 2015. Archived from the original on 17 January 2016. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  2. ^ "Planning and Sustainable Development". Planning.aberdeencity.gov.uk. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  3. ^ "Plans for first phase of Aberdeen International Business Park approved". Aberdeencity.gov.uk. 3 October 2013. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  4. ^ McCulloch, Scott (12 August 2014). "The 20-year lease agreement to take all three buildings in phase one believed to be the largest ever office lease deal concluded in Scotland". Daily Record. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  5. ^ "Planning and Sustainable Development". Planning.aberdeencity.gov.uk. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Aker Solutions signs major office leasing deal in Aberdeen - BBC News". Bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  7. ^ "Further Phases — Aberdeen International Business Park". Aibp.co.uk. Archived from the original on 8 December 2015. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  8. ^ "Planning and Sustainable Development". Planning.aberdeencity.gov.uk. Retrieved 27 August 2015.
  9. ^ https://www.pressandjournal.co.uk/fp/news/aberdeen/620571/work-starts-15million-aberdeen-airport-park-ride/

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