Plans to overhaul the retail offer at Albert Dock as part of a previously unveiled vision for the destination are being progressed.
The historic waterfront site’s owner, Aberdeen Asset Management, has applied to change the use of several of The Colonnades’ office spaces to shops and enhance their frontages.
The planning application comes after the firm, which purchased the iconic site in 2016, revealed in March this year that it will revitalise the dock’s food and shopping offer in an aim to attract more engagement from local visitors.
A new glazing strategy was put forward during the presentation, proposing an improvement to the frontages of retail and leisure units along The Colonnades area of the Grade I-listed dock which will give “cleaner lines” to its appearance.
Three ground floor and three mezzanine level units on The Colonnades would be affected by the newly submitted plans, which would aim to create full two-storey openings for retailers and simpler, glazed shop fronts.
According to a planning document: “The proposal is to open up the units to provide greater circulation space at ground floor level and to remove the front part of the existing mezzanine to create a double-height space. A new staircase is proposed to the rear of the unit to provide access between the ground floor and the rear mezzanine level for one of the retail units.”
Adding that all shopfronts along The Colonnades will be replaced with double-height glazing in due course, it concludes: “The proposed works will result in a change to the appearance of the units, however they will not have a significant or harmful impact. The works are sympathetic to the significance of the unit and its context, examples of which are already in place around the Albert Dock.”
Aberdeen Asset Management previously revealed hopes to attract pop-up shops and restaurants, delis and patisseries to Albert Dock as part of an ‘evolving retail’ concept to drive further footfall to the side outside of weekends and special events.
The Leather Satchel Co.’s store at the site, which launched during the build up to Christmas, was said to have set the tone for type of offering the dock is looking to provide for shoppers.