Plans have been submitted for a brand new mortuary at Foresterhill in Aberdeen – paving the way in which for the closure of police headquarters within the metropolis centre and “offering dignity for the deceased”.
Aberdeen Council has lodged a planning software for a alternative for the outdated mortuaries at Queen Road police station and at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, which predate the Second World Struggle.
The proposals have been drawn up by the native authority and landowner NHS Grampian and would offer alternative mortuary providers for the north-east and Northern Isles.
Deliberate for the south-west of the Foresterhill Well being Campus, the brand new mortuary facility can be constructed between Elmbank Medical Follow and Central Shops, near Westburn Street.
Round three timber, scattered throughout the proposed website, can be felled to make method for the brand new construct, which can even embody a bereavement backyard.
NHS Grampian bosses have beforehand agreed the ARI mortuary is “not match for objective” whereas a press release submitted alongside the planning software reads: “The background to the event proposals is rooted in a necessity to deal with longstanding points with current mortuary services serving the north-east and Northern Isles at each ARI and Queen Road.
“By way of the bodily situation of each services, their compliance with statutory requirements, area utilisation and practical suitability they’re in a poor, non-compliant situation and don’t meet present expectations of a contemporary mortuary service.
“The providers situated on this new built-in mortuary won’t solely guarantee medical accreditation by way of compliance with all technical and medical requirements but additionally ship an revolutionary design that may meet expectations of the bereaved, present dignity for the deceased, assist development within the scope and nature of domestically delivered forensic and academic exercise, and enhance resilience by way of extra capability to assist civil contingencies.
“A key goal of the undertaking is to additional enhance dignity for the deceased and supply an enhanced surroundings for the bereaved and workers.”
The “state-of-the-art” purpose-built alternative can be used as an built-in multi-purpose mortuary, serving use for NHS Grampian, Aberdeen Metropolis Council, Aberdeenshire Council, Moray Council, Orkney and Shetland Island Councils, Aberdeen College, the Crown Workplace Procurator Fiscal Service and Police Scotland.
Final month, police chiefs revealed its transfer to “dispose” of its Aberdeen HQ in Queen Road had been authorised.
The 1970s workplace block – which homes the drive’s mortuary – might make method for a multi-million-pound civic quarter.
These plans for the built-in facility at Forsterhill will present services for police use when Queen Road is vacated.
Different police workers would make the transfer to metropolis and Aberdeenshire council bases at Marischal School and Woodhill Home.