Aberdeen 2019: Writing the next chapter in the city’s proud story

Aberdeen 2019

When future generations look back on the chapter we’re writing in Aberdeen’s story, 2019 will jump out from the page.

This year will bring the eagerly awaited opening of the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery and grand unveiling of P&J Live, following on from the much-loved Music Hall’s reopening over the festive period.

Work will begin on the reimagination of Union Terrace Gardens, building on the feelgood factor the revitalisation of Broad Street has brought, and the painstaking restoration and reinvention of Provost Skene’s House will also get underway.

Earlier this month the Council has showcased its vision for another piece of the City Centre Masterplan jigsaw at Queen Street and last week announced our intention to work in partnership with Aberdeenshire Council to bring cycling’s Tour of Britain to the region.

Already in 2019 we’ve seen the AWPR completed and in the months ahead more new Council houses will be built and work to create four new schools will begin. Over the summer the Tillydrone Community Campus will be officially opened, underlining the significant investment being made in key areas in all corners of Aberdeen. Huge improvements to digital infrastructure, with the roll-out of gigabit connectivity, are continuing at pace.

It really is a remarkable period in Aberdeen’s long and illustrious timeline.

We’re a city that doesn’t always shout about our achievements – but we really should. As a Council we’re proud to be leading the most significant transformation in the city’s history with an ambitious capital investment programme that’s changing the built environment as well as the Aberdeen 365 events strategy that is all part of the cultural evolution of the region.

Aberdeen is already a major economic contributor nationally, with a GVA (Gross Value Added) contribution in Scotland significantly above its population share, and the Council is a driving force in a Regional Economic Strategy with a focus on investment in infrastructure, innovation, inclusive economic growth, internationalisation and diversification.

Building Aberdeen’s reputation as a destination city and cultural powerhouse is central to fulfilling those economic aspirations – with developments such as the Aberdeen Art Gallery and P&J Live playing a massive part.

The recently announced partnerships with BP at the Gallery and the Press and Journal at the event complex are very welcome and our thanks go to both companies for their support during this exciting time.

The first glimpse inside the new top floor of the Gallery as part of the BP announcement whetted the appetite as the build-up towards the opening gathers momentum and we look forward to sharing more in the weeks and months ahead. This week’s confirmation of the November 2 opening date is another hugely positive step in a landmark development.

From the corporate world to the third sector, from residents to visitors and from businesses to community groups there’s a real sense of positivity sweeping Aberdeen as 2019 builds into a year of celebrating projects completed and milestones in those to come.

Cllr Jenny Laing and Cllr Douglas Lumsden