Category Archives: Masterplan

Awards recognise Marischal Square’s key role in breathing new life into the heart of the city

  The news that Marischal Square has been honoured by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and at the Scottish Property Awards (SPA) represents two more feathers in the cap for a landmark development. The complex was recognised at the RICS annual awards for Scotland late last month, winning the Regeneration category in the […]
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Nuart Aberdeen paints a perfect picture of a flourishing events programme

  Launch week for Nuart Aberdeen has brought a flurry of activity and it has been fantastic to see this year’s productions springing up around the city. Nuart captured the imagination of the public last year and 2018 promises to be even bigger and better as the event builds on such solid foundations. Running through […]
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2018/19 budget will protect services in the face of funding challenges

  Earlier this month the full Council met to set the 2018/19 budget. Every year the task becomes more difficult as we attempt to balance increasing demand for our services with reduced funding. Since being elected in 2007 I’ve attended 11 budget meetings. At each of those meetings the fact Aberdeen is the lowest funded […]
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Aberdeen’s stock market achievement takes centre stage

This month we will welcome delegates to the city for an event which will put Aberdeen’s success in financial innovation firmly in the spotlight. By hosting the Bond Investments conference on 27 February we will be able to share the knowledge that has set our city apart. When Aberdeen City Council became the first local […]
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Shining a light on the Granite City

The nights, as we say in Aberdeen, are fair drawing in – and that creates challenges for a northern city such as ours. The granite sparkles less often. Vistas are lost. Unlit areas can become no-go. However, the latest City Centre Masterplan project promises to turn the long dark days to our advantage by lighting […]
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SPECTRA shines a light on the potential for Aberdeen events

When the visitor numbers for SPECTRA arrived in my inbox earlier this week it confirmed what we already knew – once again Aberdeen’s festival of light had been an overwhelming success. More than 63,000 people attended the four day programme – almost double the attendance from 2016 and continuing the year on year growth of […]
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Busy start to the year puts plans for Aberdeen in the spotlight

With the holiday period feeling like a distant memory, the focus is firmly fixed on the programme for the weeks, months and year ahead. The Council enjoyed a very productive 2016 and that trend has continued in the New Year, with a busy start to January which will undoubtedly be a sign of things to […]
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A month in the life of Aberdeen City Council shows transformation in action

We recently welcomed delegates from across Scotland as Aberdeen City Council played host to the first joint conference hosted by the Economic Development Association of Scotland and Scottish Local Authorities Economic Development. The country’s leading experts attended to share knowledge and experiences, with the shared goal of driving economic development throughout the country. By way […]
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Aberdeen City Region Deal is a vital piece in the transformation jigsaw

Last week I sat down with representatives from our four partners to put pen to paper on the Aberdeen City Region deal. The signing ceremony put the final seal on a process which will bring £250million of investment from the UK Government and Scottish Government and serve as the catalyst for a programme which we […]
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Union Terrace Gardens plans take important step forward

As I write, work is taking place on proposals for enhancing the wonderful green oasis that is Union Terrace Gardens.