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Investing in Aberdeen; transforming communities

Regeneration is a key priority for Aberdeen. Regeneration is more than new buildings, houses and schools; it coincides with Shaping Aberdeen's main focus - people and communities.

A high quality of life is fundamental to attracting and retaining the talent and investment needed to grow Aberdeen's economy. This sense of place, with added key emphasis on city centre, is crucial in underpinning economic growth.

There are several regeneration projects across the city that will deliver improved quality of life, access to opportunities and a better place to live. Please visit our Regenerating Communities page for more information.

For individual projects please see further information below:

City centre regeneration

City Centre Masterplan (CCMP)

The City Centre Masterplan, proposed by independent consultants BDP, has reached a key milestone as it was unanimously approved by Councillors during Full Council meeting that took place 24th June 2015.

Visit the City Centre Masterplan for further information.

Marischal Square (CCMP project)

Marischal Square will create a 'successful, positive and useable public space' and regenerate the city centre. The development started in January 2015 and aims to be completed by summer 2017.

Art Gallery

Visit Marischal Square for more information.

Art Gallery Redevelopment (CCMP project)

£10million Lottery grant awarded for Art Gallery redevelopment.

"Improving our Art Gallery is an essential building block in our long-term 'Shaping Aberdeen' programme to enhance the city to make it even better." Gayle Gorman, City Council Director of Education Culture and Sport.

Visit Art Gallery Redevelopment for more information.

Museums Collection Centre

While the Art Gallery is closed you can view the Council's collections of historical objects and artworks at the purpose-built Museums Collection Centre in the Northfield Area from late spring 2016.

We would like to encourage Northfield residents to get involved in the naming of the city's new Museums Collections Centre. Pick from a shortlist of seven names suggested by local children. Voting is now open and can be made at Aberdeen Maritime Museum, Northfield Community Centre and Northfield Library up to and including Monday 14 December 2015. You can also vote online - Museums Collection Centre Vote.

Visit Museums Collection Centre for more information.

New Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre

Aberdeen City Council signed legal agreements on Monday 21 December 2015 for a multimillion-pound new Exhibition and AECC_legal_agreement_signed Conference Centre (AECC) for the north-east.

Members of the Planning Development Management Committee backed the AECC proposals as part of the wider £333million complex on the site of the Rowett Research Institute at Bucksburn on December 10. 

Council Leader, Councillor Jenny Laing, said: "I am delighted to mark another important step in the process of delivering a new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre (AECC).

"This will be an important facility not just for the city, but the whole north-east region, and will attract bigger names in the entertainment world as well as larger conferences and events to Aberdeen."

The new AECC, which will be located off the A96 near Aberdeen International Airport, will be built by Aberdeen City Council's development partner Henry Boot Developments Ltd. It is due to open in late 2018.

The new centre will:

  • Provide four times the current exhibition space
  • Double the seated entertainment arena to 10,000
  • Floor space of 45,000sqm, with underground space of 33,600sqm for additional exhibition space for major events
  • Include retail, leisure and restaurant
  • Secure an additional 31,000 business tourists to Scotland
  • Lead to an additional £11m of visitor spend per annum
  • Deliver £63 million additional net GVA to the Scottish economy
  • Create more than 350 full-time jobs by year 10 of operation
  • Elevate Aberdeen into the top 5 of global competitor energy cities for conferences and exhibitions.
  • 200-bedroom four-star hotel which will connect to the AECC at ground floor

AECC main entrance view

A separate application for planning permission in principle to build approximately 498 residential units with commercial space, a recycling centre and a park and ride facility on the existing AECC site at Bridge of Don, was also approved. The plans have been approved conditionally, with permission to be withheld pending suitable arrangements to secure affordable housing and developer contributions relating to primary education, community facilities, sports and recreation, open space and the Strategic Transport Fund.

For more information please visit: AECC Evolves 



In conjunction with a range of community partners, we are looking to develop and build a new Community Hub in Tillydrone. The detail of what the hub will comprise of is still being developed, but it may include a range of local services to support the community, for example: learning and educational programs; social space to support building social networks; access to local services; training and employment support; community café; health and wellbeing services; and suitable space for activities for people of all ages. Updates will follow in due course. Communites 2


We are currently developing housing options and plans for environmental improvements to help with the regeneration of Middlefield, including re-housing of tenants and reallocation of community facilities.


Looking at additional refurbishment and environmental improvement programmes with our housing stock and associated land.

Transforming lives with music Aberdeen City Council has signed a Partnership Agreement with Sistema Scotland to establish Big Noise Torry in 2015. The six year programme has helped Torry become the third community in Scotland to establish a Big Noise orchestra – inspired by Venezuela's "El Sistema" movement.

The new orchestra aims to transform children's lives and the wider Torry community, fostering confidence, teamwork, pride and aspiration. The Orchestra made its debut on Monday 29th June 2015, with a summer club taking place for children who have just left Primary 2. The club is open to pupils from Walker Road and Tullos Primary Schools, or children who live in Torry but go to school elsewhere.

After the summer the children, then in P3, will be invited to attend After-School sessions running three days a week. As Big Noise Torry grows there will eventually be a pathway from babies through to adults – learning music together.

For more information contact or telephone: 01224 974707.

Energy Focus

Sustainable Energy Action Plan

A city wide Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) is being developed as part of a collaborative project to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.

The SEAP covers many topics from transport to energy generation, covering all operations within the city and not just those from council activity.

For more information please visit: Sustainable Energy Action Plan

Adaptation Plan

Climate change is affecting Aberdeen citizens, nature and businesses in the area.

It is important that we make changes in the way we live and work in order to reduce our carbon footprint. Therefore, Aberdeen City Council is working with a range of stakeholders to develop an Adaptation Plan in order to take the necessary steps to tackling climate change.

For more information please visit: Adaptation Plan

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