Progress at Prime Four
Encouraging progress has been made during the past six months towards the establishing of the Prime Four Business Park at Kingswells on the outskirts of Aberdeen.
Following an extensive consultation exercise last summer, a Development Framework and Phase 1 Masterplan for Prime Four was submitted to Aberdeen City Council and adopted by them in September. Following the adoption of the Local Development Plan this document will be progressed by Aberdeen City Council to become Supplementary Guidance.
Phase 1, described recently by The Herald newspaper as ‘the biggest commercial property deal in the UK outside London’, has seen developers Drum Property Group achieve 300,000sq.ft of office pre-lets to two of the world’s major energy corporations and a leading offshore drilling contractor.
Drum plans to invest £100million in creating state-of-the-art office complexes and global training facilities for Apache North Sea Limited, Nexen Petroleum UK Ltd and Transocean Drilling UK Limited.
Detailed planning applications on behalf of all three companies have now been submitted and will be heard in March. The move is expected to act as a catalyst for significant additional investment in the Park and it underlines the future of the UKCS as a major oil and gas-producing province.
Prime Four has attracted supportive comments from the Scottish Government and a number of leading local and national business organisations, including Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce, Aberdeen City and Shire Economic Forum, Aberdeen 1st and Oil and Gas UK, and has been described by the Press and Journal as an ‘important vote of confidence in the North Sea’.
Working with Aberdeen City Council and Kingswells Community Council, Drum is now considering future office developments in Phases 2 and 3 of Prime Four as well as the makeup of the Community Hub proposed within the second phase. The views of local residents are very important to Drum and will help in drawing up Masterplan Reports for the Park’s future phases.
With this in mind, Drum has launched a community consultation exercise mirroring the one carried out last summer for Phase 1 of the Park. A questionnaire seeking preliminary views on the proposals has been available at www.primefour.co.uk from 1 February with residents encouraged to submit their views.
Drum believes that the composition of the Community Hub, which was the subject of much discussion during last year’s consultation, will be of particular interest to local residents.
Suggestions last year ranged from small-scale retail space to a hotel, restaurant and dental surgery and Drum is very keen to hear local views as the Hub presents a real opportunity to enhance the range of facilities available to the residents of Kingswells.
The online consultation will run until the end of March and is being supported by a community planning event at the Fourmile House on Wednesday, 22 February.
This event will include a number of interactive sessions (at 11.00am, 2.00pm, 4.00pm and 7.00pm) where attendees can let Drum’s design team know their thoughts on the future Phases of the Park.21/02/2012