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Eight high rise blocks in Aberdeen could become listed

Greig Court
Image caption Greig Court is on the list of nominations

Eight high rise blocks in Aberdeen could be made listed buildings.

The towers - built in the 1960s - are being considered by Historic Environment Scotland (HES).

They are Gilcomstoun Land, Porthill Court, Seamount Court, Virginia Court, Marischal Court, Thistle Court, Hutcheon Court, and Greig Court.

Any decision to list a building deemed to be of special architectural or historic significance would follow consultation.

The concrete high rises were built as council flats.

They have been nominated by Prof Miles Glendinning, director of the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies.

A spokesperson for HES said: "We have been approached to consider the listing of several high rise flats in Aberdeen city centre for designation.

"This is currently under consideration and more information will be available when the process is concluded. At present, no decision has been made on this.

"Listing a building recognises that it is of special architectural or historic interest. It means that this special interest will be taken into account in the planning system if changes are proposed to that building.

"Listed buildings frequently need to change and adapt and being listed helps to ensure that what makes that building special can be carefully thought about during that change process."

If the Aberdeen high rises were ultimately listed, they would follow the so-called "Banana Flats" in Leith - made famous by Irvine Welsh's Trainspotting - which were awarded an A-listing two years ago.

The curving flats were home to the Simon "Sick Boy" Williamson character.

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