Halliday Fraser Munro launches Replanet initiative
Halliday Fraser Munro has launched its far-reaching Replanet initiative that underpins the journey to carbon zero and its commitment to a sustainable future for all.

The firm, headquartered in Scotland and working on projects across the UK, says it ...
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Celebrating David Foote's 33 years of commitment and service to Halliday Fraser Munro
At the end of this month, we will be celebrating director David Foote’s 33 years of commitment and service to Halliday Fraser Munro.

Over the years, Dave has been an invaluable member of our team and made a vast contribution to our profession.

To m...
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Halliday Fraser Munro invests in projects team with senior appointment
Halliday Fraser Munro has expanded its team with the appointment of David Shaw, who has 16 years’ experience in the profession, as projects director.

Shaw joins Halliday Fraser Munro’s growing Glasgow office from Sheppard Robson and has an extensive...
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Final phase underway at Donside Urban Village
We are delighted to see one of our projects with long standing client, Sanctuary Scotland Housing Association begin its final phase at Donside Urban Village, Aberdeen.

Donside Urban Village was an ambitious project to regenerate a former paper mill ...
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Putting our vacant and derelict land to better use
You know that something is a problem when the Government has created an acronym for it. DUSTEs are Derelict Urban Sites since Two thousand (2000) or Earlier. They are a significant problem for any area, and it is widely accepted they exert a negative...
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Stead’s Place, Leith Walk
Welcoming the green light for Stead’s Place redevelopment
We’re delighted that the much-anticipated redevelopment of Stead’s Place, near the foot of Leith Walk, has been given the green light this week by the City of Edinburgh Council.
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Why Scope of Service should be the first thing on your mind when appointing an architect  to a project.
While Scope of Service may not seem the most exciting subject for a blog, it is fundamental to the successful operation and completion of any architectural project. It clarifies specific standards, roles, responsibilities and duties for each of the s...
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Halliday Fraser Munro partners with the UK Green Building Council’s Built Environment Virtual Pavilion ahead of COP26
The eyes of the world will be on Glasgow this November as the city hosts the annual UN Climate Change Conference. To mark this special occasion, we are proud to be partnering with the UK Green Building Council (UKGBC) along with almost 100 organisati...
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Helping the world breathe more easily
Good ventilation has always been a critical factor in the health of every building and everyone that uses it. It prevents condensation and the build-up of toxins, particles and pathogens and ensures everyone has access to clean, fresh air.
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Halliday Fraser Munro offsetting its carbon footprint
We have recently announced that we have become the first Scottish firm to invest in a pioneering peatland restoration project in Wester Ross in the north of Scotland.

This investment in carbon offsetting units at the restoration project is in partne...
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Creating an ambitious new vision for Glenrothes.
We were hugely proud to see our Masterplan for Glenrothes town centre approved by Fife Council on 24th March 2021. Halliday Fraser Munro’s team of Masterplanners, Planning Consultants and Landscape Architects worked in partnership with Aecom to devel...
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Double win for Halliday Fraser Munro at the Scottish Property Awards
The Halliday Fraser Munro team won two awards at this year’s prestigious Scottish Property Awards in the ‘Development of the Year’ and ‘The Business Resilience’ categories.

Our design lead on the Inverurie Community Campus alongside hub North Scotla...
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Sustainability is at the heart of all we do for our clients
As architects and planners, sustainability has always been at the core of what we do. Whether we’re designing a new office, a new school or a home, environmental considerations are high on our agenda. Therefore, achieving carbon neutral status as a p...
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Landscape Architecture – A healthier outlook for everyone
In the past landscape architecture was often seen as an adjunct to the building process and was viewed by many developers as an additional cost they sought to minimise. That attitude is changing as people realise the importance it has on our communit...
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Net zero carbon offices are not just achievable, they’re imperative.
The International Panel on Climate Change’s advice that unless we limit global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels, we face catastrophic climate change was a stark warning late in 2018. Immediate action is required to achieve the massive cut...
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Could you be putting your vacant sites to better use?
Over the past 15 years, pop-up culture has helped transform struggling urban areas in many cities and conurbations around the world. Using existing properties has been a key part of the pop-up movement, but vacant plots of land offer a blank canvas t...
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Rethinking retail spaces in a post-pandemic world
The retail industry has seen a number of unprecedented changes during the COVID 19 pandemic with a transformation that analysts predicted would take more than a decade happening in a matter of months. Therefore, physical spaces must adapt if retail b...
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Modern apprenticeships offer the best of both worlds
Modern apprenticeships (MA) help both businesses and the people that want to join them. They give employers access to bright, ambitious people and allow them the chance to fine-tune the skills of those joining their profession to match their precise ...
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Reaching the finals of the prestigious Scottish Property Awards
We’re delighted to have been named as a finalist in three categories in the prestigious annual Scottish Property Awards. We’ve been shortlisted in the Business Resilience category and the Inverurie Community Campus development, on which we were desig...
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‘Design Your Dream School’ all from the comfort of your own home!
We’re delighted to be launching our latest competition, ‘Design Your Dream School’, to capture the imaginations of pupils from across the UK.

This follows on from our successful ‘Design a House’ competition we launched during last year’s lockdown. T...
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New fire regulations
Are you up to speed with Scotland’s new fire regulations for residential buildings?

The tragic events that unfolded in the early hours of the 14th June 2017 have had far-reaching implications for the building industry. Grenfell Tower was a harsh wak...
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Work experience for aspiring architects and architectural technologists is still on the drawing table
The limitations of lockdown have been tough for teenagers. But we’re determined that it doesn’t have to limit their ambitions. One of the ways we have always nurtured young talent, at Halliday Fraser Munro, is to offer secondary school students the c...
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Helping Asda refresh the retail experience
We have a wealth of retail experience built up over many years working with some of the UK’s biggest retailers including IKEA, M&S and Starbucks among many others. For more than ten years, we have been one of Asda’s Framework Architects and have succ...
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 ‘Build Your Future’ schools construction challenge goes digital!
At Halliday Fraser Munro we are committed to encouraging the next generation of Scotland’s construction industry workers and therefore, are delighted to once again be sponsoring the fantastic ‘Build Your Future’ schools construction challenge.

The B...
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Creating extraordinary early learning spaces – the building blocks of a brighter future
We are living in exciting times. The Scottish Government’s commitment to increase funding for early learning and childcare (ELC) from 600 to 1,140 free hours per year is a huge step forward. By almost doubling the time available to all three and four...
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Why the Gold Standard must become the norm for truly affordable housing
Attitudes to social housing are changing. In 2018 Britain built more public housing than at any time since 1992. The following year saw a social housing scheme commissioned by Norwich City Council pick up Britain’s most prestigious architectural acco...
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Stunning Inverurie Community Campus Opens
Tuesday 27th October 2020 was a proud day for all here at Halliday Fraser Munro as pupils from Inverurie Academy and St. Andrews Special school moved into the new £56 million Inverurie Community Campus.

The new building allows both schools to be col...
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A New Era of STEM Education for Aberdeen
On Wednesday November 4th 2020, Aberdeen’s Science Centre reopens its doors following an extensive refurbishment. Formerly known as Satrosphere, the new centre, based in the landmark Tramsheds building on Constitution Street, gives Aberdeen a state-o...
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Virtual Studio launches for students
Covid-19 has affected a number of the things we take for granted, and that is no different here at Halliday Fraser Munro. Around this time each year we look forward to welcoming our work experience students and interns as we look to help the next gen...
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Novel Challenge To Mark 150 Days of Working From Home For Halliday Fraser Munro Team
We’ve officially thrown down the gauntlet!

We have challenged our entire staff of architectural, urban design and master planners who have been successfully working from home for 150 days to take part in the 150 Challenge in support of SAMH, Scotlan...
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Plans For Unique Retirement Community at Milltimber in Aberdeen Submitted
A planning application to develop a new retirement community in Milltimber at Binghill House has now been submitted. The proposed development will be unique in Aberdeen by collocating independent retirement properties with a nursing home. The develop...
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Competition Winning Pupils Inspire with their Architectural Flair
When we launched our ‘Design a House’ competition during lockdown as part of our online work experience portal, little did we expect such a high volume of entries - nor such a diverse collection of hugely inspiring designs.

More than 400 school pupi...
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Halliday Fraser Munro support Bancon Homes in their expansion out with the North East of Scotland
Halliday Fraser Munro has submitted Bancon Homes first planning application out with the North East of Scotland to South Lanarkshire Council for an exclusive development of new homes in Strathaven. The development of 37 family homes within the histor...
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Aberdeen Market Redevelopment granted Planning Permission
During the night of 29/30th April 1882 the original New Market building in Aberdeen was totally destroyed by fire – now some 138 years later, on 30th April 2020 Aberdeen City Council have approved a planning application to redevelop this important ci...
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Virtual Work Experience Launched for Scottish Secondary Pupils Missing out on Summer Term Work Experience
We’re delighted to announce that we’ve launched a portal of virtual work experience for secondary pupils who are missing out on work experience with us this term due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Modular Hotel Created From Repurposed Shipping Containers and New Football Stadium Help Scottish Architectural and Planning Practice Reach National Finals
A wide range of planning projects from a shipping container hotel to a new football stadium has helped the planning team at Halliday Fraser Munro reach the national finals of the RTPI awards in the Small Planning Consultancy of the Year category.
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Digital Collaboration – Turns out that Aristotle Knew Best
Remote and home working. Until the start of March, for many businesses and employees they were a ‘nice to have’ option. But who could have predicted the speed of change that COVID-19 would bring and how quickly a flexible business could adapt to thes...
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Business is online!
I want to reassure all our clients and our partners that the whole team at Halliday Fraser Munro are connected and working as usual. We have had full remote working capability for more than two years and have found it invaluable to meet the challenge...
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Senior appointments bolster Halliday Fraser Munro’s Glasgow team
Halliday Fraser Munro has strengthened the senior team in its Glasgow office with a series of top-level appointments to help drive forward the firm’s strategic growth in the central belt.
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Build Your Future construction challenges final!
Yesterday 10 pupils from 10 schools in the North East took part in the Build your Futures final at Pittodrie Stadium. After an exciting day competing against each other in a wide range of construction challenges one team was titled the winners, congr...
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Halliday Fraser Munro new appointment supports changing landscape in masterplanning for the future
A rise in masterplanning project wins across Scotland has seen award-winning architectural design and planning practice Halliday Fraser Munro bring high-level expertise to its team, adding landscape architectural services to its portfolio.
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Architecture and design firm Halliday Fraser Munro shortlisted for award recognising the nation’s inspired learning spaces
Architectural design and planning firm Halliday Fraser Munro has been recognised on the national stage for its work in helping Aberdeenshire schools enhance the learning experience of pupils. The firm has been shortlisted in the Inspiring Learning Sp...
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School projects deliver lessons in stakeholder success
If you were to go back in time 100 years, school environments were very different places to what they are today. I’m not just talking about advances in technology and design that have allowed for the creation of outstanding buildings, but how schools...
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Halliday Fraser Munro comments on work commencing on housing development at Wellheads Road, Dyce
Construction work is underway on a major new affordable housing development in Aberdeen which has been planned and designed by Halliday Fraser Munro.
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Building futures – Halliday Fraser Munro supports drive to encourage industry’s new talent
Award-winning architectural design and planning firm is developing the industry’s next generation of talent by supporting a major event aimed at encouraging young people to consider careers in construction and architecture.
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AFC's New Training Facilities Opening Ceremony with Sir Alex Ferguson
We are delighted to have attended the official opening of Aberdeen's new training facility yesterday where the guest of honour was Sir Alex Ferguson.

The new state-of-the-art community and sports facility includes a Professional Training Campus, You...
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Marischal Square: BCO event will put the spotlight on a Masterclass in Master Planning
Aberdeen is a city that continually surprises. It is well-known for its distinctive granite buildings but few visitors who arrive here expect to be surrounded by so many architectural gems, from the distinctive dome of His Majesty’s Theatre to the st...
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Collaboration and connectivity – building foundations from the inaugural Scotland Development Conference
“One good conversation can shift the direction of change forever.”

Author Linda Lambert hit the nail on the head with this observation. By talking to each other – and, conversely, by listening to what others say – we can effect change and make pro...
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Education Buildings Scotland Awards Shortlist Announcements
We are delighted that Aberdeenshire Councils Learning Plaza refurbishments of Aboyne and Mintlaw Academy have been shortlisted in the Inspiring Learning Spaces category for this years Education Buildings Scotland’s Awards.
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The new Planning (Scotland) Act: real reform or just a remodel?
It’s been a long, protracted and complex process, but at last the new Planning (Scotland) Act 2019 is ready to be implemented. It’s not a shiny new planning system – more a facelifted version of the previous model – but in the months and years to co...
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Exciting Consolidated Workshop Marks the Start of Offshore Europe
Halliday Fraser Munro are delighted to have assisted M2 Dyce Limited to develop a plot within the highly successful D2 Business Park. The development is the largest industrial development within the area in recent years, providing Oceaneering with a...
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£200m construction projects results in Glasgow office move for Halliday Fraser Munro
Halliday Fraser Munro has relocated to larger premises in Glasgow after growing its team and being appointed to work on over £200m worth of construction projects across the region.
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Moray Sports Centre Official Opening
We are delighted to be attending the official opening of Moray Sports Centre today. The new £9million sporting, physical activity, communication hub will act as a destination venue drawing in visitors of all ages and physical abilities.
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Masterplans that deliver, not gather dust
Masterplanning our towns and cities is not a new idea: many of the finest places in which we live, work or visit had a clear plan and structure in place before the first stone was laid.
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Halliday Fraser Munro helps discover construction workers of the future
Halliday Fraser Munro is encouraging the next generation of Scotland’s construction industry workers. The architectural design and planning practice has become the main sponsor of the Build Your Future challenge – a competition led by Grampian Constr...
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Making affordable homes affordable
A home: it’s so much more than bricks and mortar, four walls and a roof to keep out the elements. For some, it can mean a place to feel safe; for others living in a warm, stable building may be the key to maintaining good health. Many will see it as ...
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Planning permission lodged for sustainable coastal community
Halliday Fraser Munro has prepared a vision and framework for the development of a new, sustainable coastal community on the outskirts of Aberdeen. The firm is acting as architects and planners for the project at Cloverhill, for which a planning perm...
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Halliday Fraser Munro lodges plans for 65-bed nursing home in the grounds of Marcliffe Hotel and Spa, Aberdeen
Plans have been revealed to create a 65-bed nursing home in the grounds of a five-star Aberdeen hotel. Halliday Fraser Munro has submitted the application for full planning permission on behalf of Meallmore and the Marcliffe Hotel and Spa.
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Halliday Fraser Munro strengthens Edinburgh presence after being awarded £150m city construction projects
Halliday Fraser Munro has strengthened in presence in Edinburgh where it has recently won contracts to work on construction projects worth in excess of £150m. We have moved to a new city centre office, continuing our 20-year presence in the capital.
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Planning Permission granted for all 3 sites at Longniddry
We are pleased to see that on 26th June, the Planning Committee granted Planning Permission for all 3 sites at Longniddry. Halliday Fraser Munro are delighted to be delivering phase 1 for Cruden Homes in a development which uses the traditional massi...
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Designs on scholarly success
Having spent a large chunk of our formative years in school buildings, it shouldn’t take you too long to respond if I was to ask you what the inside of a school looked like. Classrooms, corridors, and canteens would pretty much sum it up, right?
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Hot desking: a hot topic in best practice office design
Hot desking – where employees have no designated working space – is not a new concept to the modern office set-up. For years now, forward-thinking employers have introduced a hot desking policy to help stimulate creativity and encourage collaboration...
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Aberdeen Central Library Roofing Works Complete
The works to refurbish the grade C listed Aberdeen Central Library roof for Aberdeen City Council has reached completion after a year of hard work.

The Central Library, along with St. Mark’s Church and His Majesty’s Theatre, form the trio of histori...
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9th Award for Marischal Square
We are delighted that Marischal Square has won Regeneration Project of the Year at the Scottish Property Awards 2019.

Projects that were shortlisted this year were Buchanan Wharf for Deal of Year Award and Ballater Station for Development of the Y...
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Aberdeen Market Redevelopment
Halliday Fraser Munro has lodged a planning application on behalf of the developer Patrizia to redevelopment this important city centre site. The ‘mixed-use’ development would include 120,000sqft of office space along with bars and restaurants with c...
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Wellheads Road – Social Housing Backed by Planners
A solution to tackle the current waiting list for affordable housing in Aberdeen took a major step forward when planning was granted for a large scale residential development at Wellheads Road, Dyce.

The approved application of 283 flats is made up ...
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Official opening of Kinellar Primary School
On the 6th February, Lord Provost Bill Howatson will officially open the new Kinellar Primary school in the town of Blackburn, Aberdeenshire. The school opened its doors in August 2018 and has since provided a dynamic learning environment for 450 pri...
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Halliday Fraser Munro win Planning Appeal Challenging Council Policy on Development near Trees
Earlier this month Halliday Fraser Munro’s  Planning Team successfully won a planning appeal on behalf of CALA Homes (North) Limited for additional housing at the leading developer’s Craibstone Estate in the north of Aberdeen. This allows the next ph...
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Buchanan Wharf, Glasgow – Planning Secured
Planning has been secured on a new city centre quarter on the banks of the River Clyde. When complete the development will provide one million square feet of Grade A office space, residential accommodation and a mix of local amenities and landscaped ...
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Queen’s Hall, Dunoon Doors Open
The Queen’s Hall sits at the foot of Dunoon’s High Street, opposite the waterfront’s Victorian Pier at the gateway to the town. Built in the 1960’s, it has been radically upgraded under Argyll and Bute Council’s coastal towns’ regeneration programme....
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Inverurie Community Campus Celebrates Significant Milestone
A milestone has been reached at the new £55 million Inverurie Community Campus as a steel beam was anchored into place last week.

Mr John Swinney, Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Education, attended the site along with council bosses...
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Major Planning Application for Steads Place at Leith Walk, Edinburgh
Halliday Fraser Munro has submitted a detailed planning application for a mixed use development in Leith, Edinburgh on behalf of Drum Property Group.  The development will provide purpose built student accomodation and  a hotel for the University of ...
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Ballater Station Completion
The redevelopment of the historic Old Royal Station in Ballater reaches an exciting stage in the project with the main contract works now complete.

In 2015, a devastating fire destroyed the station which has now been reconstructed with a new extensi...
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Turriff Primary School Opens for the New School Year
The new Turriff Primary School opened to pupils in August for the start of the new term. The school replaces the existing Markethill Primary School located close by. With a current school role of 505 primary school pupils, the school has been designe...
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Moray Sports Centre gets Planning Approval
Conditional Planning Permission for Moray Sports Centre was granted on 27th June.

Backed by Moray Sports Foundation the 12-acre hub will sit at the heart of a 2,500-home community to the south of Elgin offering a range of facilities including a gymn...
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Royal Train Station - Turf Cutting
Aberdeenshire Provost marks the start of Ballater Old Royal Station redevelopment

The B-listed building, owned by the council, was historically used by the Royal Family travelling to nearby Balmoral Castle and was hit by a fire which broke out in Ma...
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Halliday Fraser Munro gets an A+
Anderson Anderson & Brown are delighted to be moving into their new 40,000 sq ft offices today at Prime Four Business Park in Aberdeen.

The offices designed by Halliday Fraser Munro are another excellent example of Grade A BCO standard office build...
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