September has been a month of positive progress updates from very different strands of our plans for the city.
It was a real privilege to return to Stoneywood School to meet pupils and staff and find out how well they have settled in to their new surroundings.
The last time I was at the site, the fit-out was in full flow. To see it now brought to life is fantastic – a real hive of activity and a warm, nurturing learning environment.
The £13million investment in Stoneywood is part of the wider programme in education, including the opening of the £47m Lochside Academy this term and Orchard Brae School last summer, and there will be benefits for the city for generations to come.
This month I have also had the pleasure of visiting the Oil and Gas Technology Centre for an update from CEO Colette Cohen.
The OGTC is one of the most visible projects to have come through the Aberdeen City Region Deal, with many more in the pipeline and exciting news to follow. We estimate the City Region Deal will be worth £826m over its 10 year lifespan and the near £60m of investment attributed to the OGTC is an indicator of the potential, with far more to come.
The energy and drive from Colette and her team is already proving vital in shaping the long-term future for Aberdeen as an innovation hub – with the economic and social advantages that will bring.
Earlier this month, the GoNorthEast Road Festival was a great opportunity for communities to come together and look ahead to the opening of the AWPR.
I was delighted to attend and join the thousands who took part in the event, which attracted people from throughout the city and Aberdeenshire.
Aberdeen has waited a long time for what is a vital piece of infrastructure and as a Council we’re proud to have been at the heart of the project, not least through the £75m commitment to the funding package.
Our role has also been to ensure that the road network throughout the city matches the new peripheral route and significant work has been done in that respect, with the Diamond Bridge already in place and many other major projects in the pipeline.
Whether through investment in infrastructure, schools or innovation there are exciting developments gathering pace throughout the city and so much to look forward to.
Cllr Jenny Laing