Today I got to discover quite possibly the most enviable workplace in Aberdeen. Nestled away in the quaint Grandholm Village in the North of Aberdeen City Centre is a building steeped in heritage, dating back hundreds of years. Originally used for wool manufacturing, where it supplied both Russian and British armies in War times, the old wheel house has been carefully restored by Media Agency AVC. Once again this building which saw the cutting edge of manufacturing in its day is now a hub for cutting edge video production and creative marketing.
From the moment I set eyes on the impressive glass frontage, I was lusting after the exposed granite walls, setting the stage for hefty steel pillars and beams. It’s an industrial lovers idea of heaven!
Upon entering the building you are greeted by double height ceilings and aged oak beams, partnered with a modern steel mezzanine floor. The space is open and bright, with several glass offices for privacy. The eclectic mixture of décor sourced by MD Spencer Buchan is the perfect complement to the original style of the building.
Spencer moved his agency here in 2015, from a purpose built modern office building on the South side of the City. Spurred on by his quest to create an open work environment that is conducive to creativity, he didn’t shake away from the challenge of turning what was an Indian Restaurant into the perfect space. After a £250,000 renovation, with the design input from neighbouring Tinto Architects, he has created a truly original work place in both style and work flow. One of which I’ve never seen before in Aberdeen.
The biggest impact in the building is the stunning oak wall paneling, which is actually the underside of an old school gym floor Spencer found on Ebay. In fact the building is full of little furniture gems that both Spencer and his wife cultivated from gumtree, ebay and unique boutiques to get those design classics. Mixing the old with the new and breathing life into pieces by upcycling them.
The space is an absolute delight, with light flooding in from the glass frontage, serving the entire office. I was frantically snapping pictures and taking notes of where everything is from, as this is exactly the look I am trying to achieve in my own family room.
But there are exciting time afoot for this beauty of a building, as Spencer has drawn up plans to turn the upper level and terrace into an amazing community café bar, serving the local residents and businesses with locally sourced produce, ice creams and crafted beers…it’ll be a great time for Grandholm Village when doors open around November this year.
This truly is an amazing space and a credit to Aberdeen.
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