COMPANIES from across the North-east are to benefit from an additional £4 million cash boost as part of the controversial Marischal Square project, developers today revealed.
More than 50 businesses are now in discussions with construction and infrastructure contractor for the project, Morgan Sindall, to provide a range of new services for the development.
These include the supply of joinery, flooring, tiling, scaffolding and cleaning services during the 116-week construction programme.
The new contracts, which will take effect from January, follow an earlier spend of £11m with businesses on the project.
There are 21 work packages currently available – worth £4m, and more than 60 representatives of the firms involved have entered into discussions over the opportunities.
A Meet the Buyer event was set up involving the Morgan Sindall team to gain additional information.
But Muse Regional Director for Scotland Steve Turner said: “By talking to local businesses first, they too can share in the investment we are making in Marischal Square and if that helps sustain or create new jobs in the process then the development will already be making a positive impact on the economy in Aberdeen.”
Two office buildings, a hotel, and seven restaurants and bars are to be part of the project, which is due to be completed in the summer of 2017.
Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing added: “To have local firms involved during the construction phase highlights the fact that this project will bring short-term economic benefits while also providing much-needed high quality office, hotel and restaurant space and aiding the regeneration of the city centre in the longer term.”