It was a dreich day in April 1969. Aberdeen Football Club were in the throes of their 56th season in the top flight of Scottish football and Messrs Christie Buthlay & Rutherford were moving into their new premises at 70 Queens Road.
Forty-four years on and we have grown from a workforce of 13 with 3 Partners, to one of 135 employees and 25 Partners, and are now known as Raeburn Christie Clark & Wallace with premises not only in Aberdeen, but also Banchory, Ellon, Inverurie and Stonehaven. As for Aberdeen Football Club…well… they are still playing in red shirts.
Recently it came to light that a long standing client of ours is involved in the redevelopment of 70 Queens Road. Bruce Chisholm, Finance Director at JPR Services Ltd and Raiths Farm Properties Ltd., had no idea that we had occupied the building at one time and only had occupancy records dating back to the early 1980’s.
Bruce kindly invited a few people from the firm to visit the newly refurbished premises, one of these people being Aileen Taylor. Aileen joined the firm in August 1969 as an Office Junior with a pay packet of £6 per week and is still here working with us to this day. Upon visiting the premises, Aileen stepped back in time, reminiscing about old colleagues, where everyone used to sit and how things were run before the introduction of modern technology. Aileen was particularly impressed with the introduction of a lift, having traipsed up and down the three flights of stairs during her time there!
The building has been transformed and really is quite spectacular. It retains many of its period features and character but has been extended with a three floor open plan office space at the back, finished with a mix of glazed and granite finishes.