In January 2021, Historic Environment Scotland (HES) listed eight multi-storey blocks in Aberdeen - Gilcomstoun Land, Gallowgate (Seamount and Porthill Courts), Castlehill (Marischal and Virginia Courts), Thistle Court, Hutcheon Court and Greig Court - in recognition of their architectural and historic interest.
HES found the landmark flats to be buildings of outstanding architectural quality, which illustrate the physical and social changes taking place in post-war Scotland. The unique value and interest of the group, with all eight of the multi-storey blocks planned as part of the original scheme surviving, was also reflected in the listing.
The initial suggestion to consider these buildings for listing came from residents of the flats, and the decision to list was taken after public consultation. HES engaged with Aberdeen City Council, residents and other local stakeholders to ensure that the purpose and implications of listing were clear. We also supported the council as they developed guidance on listed building consent specifically for the flats.
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