A warrant to demolish the former Amec Foster Wheeler building in the south of Aberdeen has been approved.
Comprehensive Design Architects had submitted plans on behalf of Coal Pension Properties to demolish the City Gate office building on Altens Farm Road last month.
The property was left behind following Wood’s £2.2billion takeover of Amec Foster Wheeler in 2017.
The deal would ultimately lead Wood into new markets and make it more resilient to the volatile oil price, which has crashed in recent weeks due to Covid-19.
Now, the go ahead has been given for the works, which include demolishing the building, foundations, car park and association furniture and planters outside.
The three-storey open plan office had previously been up for rent, and was vacant.
Several Wood/Amec workers have said a fond farewell to the building on social media.
One said: “I remember the day i joined the company – sitting in the carpark insanely nervous about starting my career in the energy industry. Good memories and friends made in this building”.
Others said it was “sad to see” and “an end of an era”, while another former occupant said “it’s mad that new office complexes are still being approved in Aberdeen when there is an abundance of space available”.
It’s estimated that the value of the demolition work will be around £210,000.
The work is to be carried out by May 2023.
A statement by Montagu Evans on behalf of the applicant said: “Despite extensive marketing, the applicant has advised that there has been no interest in securing the occupation of the premises as offices.
“The site is now the subject of an option agreement for which a planning application proposing the redevelopment of the site will be progressed.
“Prior to taking forward any application, the applicant are keen that the site is being readied for redevelopment.”