This week marks two red letter days in the largest single project ever undertaken by Aberdeen City Council as The Event Complex Aberdeen bursts into life.
On Thursday the Co-Leaders will perform the official opening ceremony and on Saturday Preview @ P&J Live will welcome thousands of members of the public for a first glimpse inside the venue. Free tickets for the weekend’s event were quickly snapped up and there’s a real sense of anticipation around the unveiling of the complex.
I find it difficult to put into words the pride I feel when I visit the site and see what has been accomplished.
Aberdeen will have a truly world class facility, the largest development of its type in Europe, and it’s a project that symbolises the scale of the ambition we have for the city as well as, just as importantly for me, the wealth of talent we have within the Council.
It’s an undertaking that has brought teams together from all parts of the organisation – driven by project manager Andrew Win and Richard Sweetnam with their City Growth colleagues, led by Steve Whyte and the key clusters from Resources in Finance, Capital and Corporate Landlord but also with vital work from legal teams in Governance, from Strategic Place Planning at the outset, Commercial and Procurement, the roads and traffic experts as well as other teams in Operations and Protective Services and colleagues in External Communications.
There are many others within our own camp who have played a part, not to mention the valued partners from Henry Boot Developments and Robertson Group with the thousands of individual workers involved, and my sincere thanks go to everyone who has been on what is an incredible journey.
In the days ahead we’ll share more updates from the site, but I’m really keen to give those closest to the project the platform to share their memories as we celebrate a wonderful moment. It’s well worth taking the time to watch the video with Andrew below to get a first-hand account.
As Andrew points out, although construction has been rapid – just three years to get to this point – the planning and preparation stretches back to 2012. So many have lived and breathed this development during that time and they can all walk ten feet tall this week as the finishing touches are made to a complex that will serve the city and region for decades to come.