Oil & Gas

Boost for business park

A major independent oil firm and a hotel resort chain are the latest companies to sign up for a multimillion-pound business park development in Aberdeen.

Premier Oil and De Vere Hotels are planning to locate up to 450 staff at the Prime Four site on the western edge of the city at Kingswells.

Work has already started on the first phase of the project after city councillors backed initial proposals in March.

Detailed planning applications for the second stage were submitted to Aberdeen City Council planners yesterday.

Developer Drum Property Group is investing about £25million in creating a 70,000sq ft UK complex which will house the North Sea base for Premier Oil.

De Vere is planning a four-star “village urban resort”, which will be a first for the hotel group in Scotland and will cover an area of about 101,000sq ft.

The UK-based hospitality company, which boasts Cameron House at Loch Lomond among its properties, will be investing £25million in the city resort development.

Plans include 150 bedrooms, business and conference facilities, a coffee outlet, restaurants, bars and a health spa and leisure club, complete with a swimming pool and gym.

Drum managing director Graeme Bone said: “We are obviously delighted that another global oil player together with a well-established and prestigious hotel operator have chosen Prime Four as a business location.

“We are looking forward to welcoming other significant tenants to the site as part of this phase of development in the near future.”

The planning applications are expected to be considered by councillors in Aberdeen early next year.

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