Broadford Works, Aberdeen

An extraordinary collection of over 100 redundant buildings located minutes away from Aberdeen's City Centre. 

Since 2009 we have been working alongside other stakeholders to secure a sustainable future for this vast industrial site in Aberdeen. It is the largest collection of Category A listed buildings at risk in Scotland. The earliest building (1808) is the oldest iron-framed mill in Scotland and the fourth oldest in the world. The buildings are in extremely poor condition and have suffered a great deal from vandalism. They sit as a blight on the Aberdeen skyline, symbolising a wider industrial and economic decline in the area.

The site's owner and Historic Scotland invited us to establish a steering group and devise a deliverable regeneration strategy which could achieve listed building consent.

Through the steering group we delivered a strategy report for the site in 2011, based on the division of the site into defined package areas. Each area will include at least one “very important building” which must be repaired and which will be cross-subsidised by funding from a new build development within its package area.

A planning application for the regeneration of the site was made in November 2011 and permission granted on appeal in July 2012. The proposed plan will restore the site into a mixed-use vibrant accessible space at the heart of Aberdeen.

The steering group worked with the owner to help identify a number of potential developers to progress proposals for the package areas.

PRT's role ceased in 2013, but we remain keen to see the right solution for this important site.