Work is set to start on the Dons’ new stadium in June creating an initial 150 jobs, project bosses revealed today.
The first phase of work is worth £10 million – and those in charge have said they will use local companies where possible.
Aberdeen City Council granted planning permission in January for a new £50m football ground and training complex, and project leaders said they expect to award the first in a series of contracts in May ahead of phase one work starting the following month.
Phase one includes the construction of the training pavilion, groundsman’s accommodation, three professional training pitches, two 3G pitches and a full-size grass pitch. It also includes the formation of a half-size grass pitch, which will be mainly used by the club’s community trust.
After a tender process, project leaders will appoint a principal contractor along with sub-contractors.
They will carry out various work, including earthworks with ground remediation, roads and sewers, building construction, pitch formation, electrical, plumbing, heating and ventilation work.
Project director Raymond Edgar said: “These contract awards signal the beginning of a new era. After 18 years in the planning, we are finally able to start work on our vision for the club, the community and the wider region. Some of the significant economic benefits promised will be realised immediately through these contracts, which will be awarded to local companies, wherever possible.”
The Dons will also set up a liaison group to allow residents to raise any issues related to the project.
Group members are expected to include representatives from Westhill and Elrick Community Council, Kingswells Community Council, Westhill Sports Hub, AFC and the club’s community trust.
Mr Edgar added: “We’ve been very clear about wanting to be a good neighbour and that starts with establishing regular and constructive dialogue with local residents.”