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Developer vows to honour building’s heritage

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The developer behind plans to revamp a listed Elgin building has insisted that maintaining its traditional look will be a top design priority.

Springfield Properties tabled proposals this week to demolish and restructure a former commercial premises on the western end of the town’s High Street.

The crumbling building has lain vacant since 2008, and the firm aims to breathe new life into the town centre by creating a complex of 15 flats and a ground floor shop in its place.

Elgin City North councillor Patsy Gowans welcomed the move, but said residents might object if they thought the structure did not fit in with the area’s traditional architecture.

However, Sandy Adam, the chairman of Springfield Properties, yesterday stressed the organisation’s commitment to largely retaining the 184-188 High Street site’s existing appearance.

Mr Adam said: “We are looking forward to bringing this building back into use, it has lain derelict for some years but it is an important part of the heritage of Elgin High Street.

“The plans we have submitted to Moray Council propose that, once complete, the front of the building will retain its distinctive architectural features.

“Under the proposal, the shop will be able to open for business once again and the rear and upper floors will be redesigned to house 15 one-bedroom apartments.

“We aim for this to contribute towards making the High Street a busier place.”

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