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Optimus abandons Aberdeen church HQ plans

Greyfriars John Knox Church
Greyfriars John Knox Church is next to the council's Marischal headquarters

An Aberdeen engineering consultancy firm has abandoned plans to move into a new headquarters in a historic granite Aberdeen city centre church.

Optimus wanted to use Greyfriars John Knox Church.

The firm has now chosen a new site in the west end, because of what it described as planning process concerns.

Optimus has now chosen a new site in the west end of Aberdeen

Aberdeen City Council said timescales, consents and associated conditions were reflective of the issues raised by the development.

Greyfriars John Knox Church is next to the council's Marischal headquarters, on the corner of Broad Street and Queen Street.

Optimus - which is planning to double its 70-strong Aberdeen workforce over the next 18 months - said the Greyfriars development would have been iconic.

The Church of Scotland said Greyfriars John Knox Church was in the process of being sold to a developer.

That sale is subject to the developer obtaining planning permission.

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