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Aberdeen Art Gallery


On 17 February 2014 Historic Scotland granted listed building consent to Aberdeen City Council for its application to alter and extend Aberdeen Art Gallery.

Approval was made with conditions, as set out in the decision notice [pdf, 240kb]

Two elements of the scheme were refused. These were: (i) proposed new glazed panels within the portico; (ii) the proposal to remove the timber main entrance doors.

This means the portico will remain essentially unchanged, while the majority of the scheme now has consent.

The Report of Handling [pdf, 464kb] [RoH] gives the reasoning behind our decision.
Our appraisal was based on Scottish Government policy on managing change in the Historic Environment as contained within the Scottish Historic Environment Policy (‘SHEP’).
There is no right of appeal, meaning that the decision is final.


As this is a local authority application the Council cannot grant itself listed building consent. The Council was required therefore to submit its application to Historic Scotland for assessment and decision on behalf of Ministers.

Aberdeen Art Gallery is a neo-classical composition dating from the 1880s, with additions including the War Memorial of 1925. The Aberdeen architectural practice of A. Marshall MacKenzie was responsible for its main phases of construction.  A unique feature is the sculpture gallery arcade inside, which has monolithic granite columns representing different local quarries.

Aberdeen Art Gallery is listed at category A, denoting it as being considered a building of national or international significance.


Letter to Aberdeen City Council [pdf, 240kb]
Report of Handling [pdf, 464kb]

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