A visitor centre dedicated to the construction of the £350 million expansion of Aberdeen Harbour has officially opened.
Members of the public will now have the chance to watch work being carried out in real time, while catching stunning views of the surrounding area from the viewing terrace at the harbour expansion visitor centre.
Located in Walker Park by Girdle Ness Lighthouse, the centre includes information about the history of Aberdeen Harbour, the different construction activities going on and the measures put in place to protect the environment.
Colin Parker, chief executive of Aberdeen Harbour Board, said: “Since work commenced on site in April 2017, the South Harbour development has already made significant progress, with our main contractor, Dragados UK, completing approximately 200 metres of north breakwater, as well as a first round of dredging activity.
“This visitor centre showcases, not only the work being done to move the harbour into the future, but celebrates the history of both the port and the region.
“We look forward to welcoming the public, schools and organisations to see it.”
Keith Young, engineering director for Aberdeen Harbour Board, who oversees the project said: “The purpose of the facility is to provide members of the public with the opportunity to see the harbour development project as it progresses, towards the completion of the harbour in 2020.
“You’ll be able to see the various stages of the project as it progresses, and there will be some information about the history of our surrounding area and there’s some information on why we’re doing the project.”
He added: ““As well as building the harbour we’re going to have cycle paths, viewing points, outdoor classrooms and additional play facilities in St Fittick’s park.
“We appreciate the harbour is going to have an impact on the local community so we’re doing work to try and enhance the area we’re going to be building the harbour in.”
The centre will be open from 10am to 3pm every Saturday and visits to the facility can be made by appointment during the week from 9am to 5pm if schools, groups or organisations would like to visit.
Groups who want to visit the visitor centre during a weekday, should contact Dragados on contactusAHEP@dragados.com