I jumped on the Jet 727 bus out to the airport recently and was treated to a tour of the Council’s leading role in the transformation of Aberdeen.
Moving slowly through Broad Street, the view of the stunning restoration of Marischal College is fantastic – with the fountain, set against the landscaping, providing a natural draw for locals and tourists alike.
The contrast with the bold, contemporary design of Marischal Square is something to celebrate, with Provost Skene’s House peeking out and inviting exploration of what’s become a real hive of activity in and around the new restaurants and offices.
As we headed north, the next landmark was an engineering one rather than architectural – the hydrogen refuelling station at Kittybrewster. We should all take pride in the way we have led the way in terms of the adoption of hydrogen, with the roll-out in Aberdeen eclipsing anything that has been seen in Britain and indeed Europe. The progress has been rapid and underlines the importance of innovation to the future of the city.
The Haudagain was next on the route, with the cleared site providing a nod towards the regeneration of key communities and the importance that’s being placed on modernising housing stock and changing the way people live. With hundreds of newly built council houses at Manor and Smithfield just a stone’s throw away, the progress is clear to see.
Rolling on, the sight of The Event Complex Aberdeen in the final stages of construction is overwhelming. The scale of the project can’t be overstated – creating a facility of the size and quality that will be the envy of cities not only on home soil but worldwide. We’re on the finishing straight with TECA and excitement is growing, quite rightly.
The final leg of the journey was on the airport link road, an Aberdeen City Council infrastructure project dovetailing with the AWPR (another project in which we had a significant role in delivering).
One short trip, lots of impressive achievements along the way: “Nae bad fae the Cooncil!”
A huge well done to everyone who has played their part in the landmarks of the Jet 727 tour!