Case Studies

Aberdeen International Business Centre

Award winning Business Park reinforces its status as a key hub for international commerce


Aberdeen International Business Park is a 40 acre site, strategically located adjacent to Aberdeen Airport, and will offer, once completed, 1 million ft2 of fully serviced, high quality, landscaped office space. The first phase of the development, which encompasses 300,000 ft2, will be ready for occupation in August 2014.


The main purpose of this project is to further develop Aberdeen’s status as an important hub in the international business community. Its primary objective is to attract premier league businesses to establish a base in Aberdeen and to encourage many of the world’s largest oil exploration, production and service companies who, with production now expected to extend beyond 2050, are enjoying significant investment in new oil fields and the redevelopment of existing fields, to retain their bases here.


In meeting this objective the project will deliver state-of-the-art work and leisure facilities, in the form of a master planned business park comprising a broad range of building sizes and employing the latest developments in construction services. In addition to office space the Park will provide a crèche, restaurant and cafes, gym, medical suite, hotel, sports and retail facilities.


On behalf of Aker ASA JV with Abstract, who will handle all aspects of the development and will also establish and run a full facilities management operation for the Business Park, SDS was commissioned by Bowmer & Kirkland, who were appointed as main contractor and awarded the drainage, foundations, services and hard landscaping packages to David Smith Contractors. SDS was required to supply and install surface water management and sustainable drainage systems.

How it works

Although not originally specified, the experience of SDS was called upon to provide expert advice on how best to integrate a bespoke sustainable drainage and surface water management system. In being able to offer a complete package to the site’s individual requirements, comprising design, manufacture and installation, supported by an ongoing maintenance facility, SDS was ultimately commissioned to take charge of, and deliver, this important system.


The system comprises 2 GEOlight® tanks with a combined capacity of 2,720m3, working in conjunction with a variety of SuDS measures including filtration and bioretention technologies, permeable paving and soakaways.


Despite this being an exceptionally busy period for SDS, the company undertook the project within a little over 4 weeks, in the process setting an example of best practice SuDS procedures. The development meets the level of treatment required by the Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) to help protect the water quality of the River Dee.

2015 update: Phase 1 of the Park was delivered exactly on schedule and on budget on 20 February 2015. The development has achieved BREEAM ‘Excellent’ and EPC ‘A’ ratings and was completed in just 84 weeks including a complex category B fit out.

What our other Customers say

By master-planning and installing necessary infrastructure at the very beginning, we have future-proofed our community at Berewood, making it more resilient to the horrid weather we have seen recently. The result is that in spite of the worst rainfall for 150 years the land at Berewood has never looked drier.

John Beresford, Development Director, Grainger plc.

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