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Bastille, The

A large block of flats on the south side of Maberly Street, a half-mile (0.8 km) north northwest of the centre of Aberdeen, The Bastille was built as a flax warehouse in 1911-13. It formed part of Richard's Broadford Works, a textile factory which had grown to become the largest employer in the city at that time. Presumably gaining its name from its prison-like exterior, the four storey red-brick construction features a central castellated tower and neat little corner turrets on the front elevation. B-listed in 1989 to ensure its protection, the block was converted to form chic industrial-style apartments in 1995. Penthouse flats now open onto the roof, which provides excellent views over the city. The block benefits from underground parking.


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