Costa Coffee’s second drive-thru in Aberdeen has been recently opened as a result of the successful £2m development scheme which involved the demolition of a vacant office block and the construction of a new retail unit. Ryden has played an important role in the project, representing investment firm West Coast Estates in the acquisition of the site, and project managing both the demolition and the erection of the facility.
The drive-thru, located in Tullos on the corner of Abbotswell Road and Wellington Road, is the city’s largest Costa Coffee with seating for up to 94 people and parking for 34 cars, and it has created jobs for up to 20 people.
Ryden’s Agency team, led by Partner Paul Richardson, identified the potential of the 0.5 acre derelict office block for new development and advised West Coast Estates on its purchase in February 2016. The former owner was oilfield services company Schlumberger, which had previously occupied the building.
Aberdeen City Council subsequently granted planning permission for the site's transformation into a drive-thru facility in April 2017. The scheme was met with widespread backing from the community, including 400 letters of support.
Ryden’s Partner Douglas Garden also project managed the demolition of the existing building and the erection of the new Costa Coffee store. The 16-week construction programme was undertaken by contractor MTM.
Douglas Garden said: "This has been a fantastic and challenging project to work on from start to completion. We are very proud of our partnership with West Coast Estates to develop this project that will offer greater choice and convenience for people working and living in Tullos and the south side of Aberdeen”.
Paul Richardson added: “There are many sites across the city that could be easily transformed thorgh redevelopment, and we are actively seeking further opportunities for potential development. I feel confident the success of this drive-thru scheme will help generate more interest in other sides from roadsine operators."