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Former Covid testing centre could become new Aberdeen McDonald’s under ‘multi-million-pound’ plans

The former Covid testing centre on Ashgrove Road West is earmarked for a new McDonald's. Picture supplied by  design team
The former Covid testing centre on Ashgrove Road West is earmarked for a new McDonald's. Picture supplied by design team

A former Covid testing centre could be knocked down after being earmarked as the “only” site in Aberdeen suitable for a new drive-thru McDonald’s.

Rosehill Day Care Centre, on Ashgrove Road West, played a vital role in the pandemic as a walk-through facility when it opened last summer.

Now, people could be stopping by for meals-to-go instead of a lateral flow.

McDonald’s has applied for permission to knock down the three-storey Rosehill House to make way for the restaurant.

The global fast food giant says the “multi-million-pound” project can not be completed anywhere else in the Granite City.

Where would new McDonald’s be built?

The building was formerly a centre for autistic adults, but Aberdeen City Council put it on the market after an improved £4.3 million replacement opened in 2017.

Rosehill Day Centre pictured here in 2016 as plans for a replacement were formed. Picture by Kenny Elrick

The site lies on the junction with Anderson Drive and sits next to the SSE headquarters.

The proposed location is also close to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and Aberdeenshire Council headquarters Woodhill House.

The empty building became the country’s 55th walk-through Covid testing centre when it opened last July.

The planning papers sent to the council reveal how cars are envisaged to access the site via Ashgrove Road West. 

Rosehill House site: Why is McDonalds lovin it?

Planning documents reveal that McDonald’s had assessed other sites in the city for the new drive-thru…

But bosses found reasons to rule out Cornhill shopping centre, Woodside and the Haudagain retail park.

And they said: “There are no available, suitable, or viable sites within the centre, or indeed in the wider surrounding area, suitable for a drive-thru restaurant.”

If the plan is approved, it would be the fast food chain’s sixth restaurant in the city.

McDonalds at Broadfold Road in Bridge of Don. Picture by Kenny Elrick

There are already venues at Bridge of Don, Kittybrewster, Bucksburn, Union Street and Garthdee.

Covid testing centre demolition would make space for 120 new McDonald’s jobs

McDonald’s say the proposal is a “multi-million pound investment” in Aberdeen and would allow the firm to “meet customer demand and introduce additional choice in the market”.

The new restaurant is expected to employ more than 120 full and part-time staff if approved by the local authority.

It would have seating for 76 diners and an outdoor play area for youngsters to “climb and explore”.

A total of 50 car parking spaces has also been proposed along with provision for motorbikes and bicycles.

You can see the application for yourself here.

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