An Aberdeen MSP has written to the head of Historic Environment Scotland (HES) urging full consultation with residents over controversial calls to add eight city tower blocks to the list of Scotland’s most significant buildings.
The body last week revealed it was considering whether to list a collection of 1960s multi-storeys.
Gilcomstoun Land, Porthill Court, Seamount Court, Virginia Court, Marischal Court, Thistle Court, Hutcheon Court, and Greig Court have all been put forward for the designation.
Now Aberdeen Central MSP Kevin Stewart has urged HES chief executive Alex Paterson to fully consult with those living in the buildings on what it could mean for them.
The SNP politician said: “HES must ensure that owners and tenants are aware of the impact any such listing may have on their property.
“This proposal may sound fine, but listing these buildings could potentially cause issues with carrying out repairs or upgrade works in a timeous manner and residents must be aware of that.”
The director of the Scottish Centre For Conservation Studies, Professor Miles Glendinning, nominated the high rises.
They would be added to a list of some of the north-east’s most important buildings on the protected list, including Marischal College, Kings College Chapel, Aberdeen Art Gallery, and many of the area’s castles.
HES is expected to have considered the calls by the middle of next month, before any consultation with the public takes place.