Former health board office to be transformed into axe throwing room

The former NHS Grampian office in Aberdeen city centre will be renovated after lying empty for three years.

Former NHS office on Windmill Brae in Aberdeen to be transformed into axe throwing and escape room venue LDRS

A former NHS Grampian office in Aberdeen city centre will be transformed into a new axe throwing and escape room venue.

The site at 4 Windmill Brae has been lying empty for at least three years.

Plans to transform the vacant office space were unveiled earlier this year.

The building will become the new home to both Escape and Game of Throwing, providing a mix of competitive indoor entertainment options.

Three escape rooms and eight axe throwing lanes will be included in the development, which is expected to create up to 20 new jobs.

Daniel Hill, founder of Escape and Game of Throwing, said he was “thrilled” his ambitious plans have received the council’s support.

“Aberdeen has long been on our target list,” he explained.

“Our investment in the city will boost the city economy by supporting local retailers and restaurants.

“This couldn’t be more vital at this time of economic uncertainty.

“As a Scottish company we’re committed to revitalising our town and city centres and creating employment opportunities.

“We can’t wait to design the games and open our doors in Aberdeen.”

The new entertainment venue is expected to be open seven days a week.

To ensure the safety of guests, no alcohol will be sold but visitors will be able to enjoy other refreshments and snacks.

Each lane at Game of Throwing will be fully enclosed and instructors will be on hand to teach guests how to throw the axes.

Meanwhile those visiting the mysterious escape rooms will have an hour to solve a number of puzzles to successfully make their way out.

Council officers backed the plans saying it would help to attract customers to the city centre and would bring a vacant building back into use.

They also said the plan met the aims and vision of the city centre masterplan.

Aberdeen will be Game of Throwing‘s third Scottish location joining those in Edinburgh and Stirling.

The axe throwing firm was launched in 2021 after the Canadian trend grew in popularity across the UK.

Meanwhile the Granite City will add to Escape’s other Scottish locations in the Cairngorms, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Livingston and Stirling.

Escape now has more than 200 rooms across the world which have been visited by more than 300,000 customers.

Its international escape rooms can be found in Portugal, France, Greece and Dubai.

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