It was a real pleasure to welcome VIP visitors from Tullos Primary School to Cruyff Court Neale Cooper yesterday as the project enters its final exciting phase.
Construction work has been completed ahead of schedule and contractors are making final preparations for the first public use this month, with official opening events planned for November to involve the whole community.
Cruyff Court Neale Cooper, a £300,000 project, will be a huge boost to the Torry community and it’s a period of real progress. The nearby skate park development has brought real vibrancy to the greenspace at Tullos and with plans for the new community hub and primary school in place that momentum will continue to build in the months ahead.
The Council has invested around £75,000 in the Greyhope Bay project which is quickly gaining traction, with our funding enabling the creation of a framework which has generated a further £90,000 towards the development of a unique attraction that will benefit Torry and the region as a whole.
Throughout the city the milestones in 2019 continue to come thick and fast. Already this year we have marked the launch of The Event Complex Aberdeen and today tickets for BBC Sports Personality of the Year are released, the latest indication of the calibre of shows we are now able to attract.
There was another endorsement for TECA just last week when the Aloft was named Best New Hotel at the Hotel Awards Scotland, congratulations to the team who have worked so hard to get up and running in style.
With the revitalised Music Hall also enjoying its first year since reopening and the Broad Street event space in place, the cultural scene has shifted significantly.
The next big date on the calendar is 2 November – as the imaginatively expanded and painstakingly restored Aberdeen Art Gallery opens its doors to the public. The response to the opening weekend tells its own story, with thousands of free tickets snapped up within hours of their release last week.
We visited the Gallery this week to view the new accessibility features and it sets new standards in meeting the needs of all visitors – something that was key to the project as the Council set about sympathetically transforming a historic city venue into a world class, contemporary attraction.
With work on Union Terrace Gardens taking shape, the heart of Aberdeen is becoming the vibrant hub the City Centre Masterplan set out to create.
Today’s news that Aberdeen is trending in Airbnb’s 20 must-visit destinations for 2020 gives an indication of the waves that we’re making with new audiences across the world – we’re the only UK city to make the list and chart ahead of Tokyo, coming in at 13th spot based on the booking data gathered by the firm.
In our communities there have also been significant milestones, notably the opening of the Tillydrone Community Campus, and construction continues on hundreds of new Council homes at both Summerhill and Dyce.
The months ahead promise to be a whirlwind of positive action across Aberdeen as 2019 draws to a close – with 2020 also shaping up to be another memorable and important year.
Cllr Jenny Laing and Cllr Douglas Lumsden