Plans for a marine education centre in Aberdeen have taken a step forward.
An application for work at Greyhope Bay was submitted to Aberdeen City Council today.
And those behind the plan hope to deliver the first phase – a temporary dolphin watching and marine science facility at Torry Battery – by June next year.
The £200,000 Dolphins at the Battery centre would be made from old shipping containers, finished with timber cladding. It is the first step in a bid to create a £10 million dolphin-watching facility.
Greyhope Bay Ltd, Aberdeen City Council and Historic Environment Scotland are involved in the scheme.
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Fiona McIntyre managing director of Greyhope Bay, said: “Dolphins at the Battery is a great opportunity to deliver a facility on site immediately while road testing our ideas for our long-term project.
“The first phase will see us create space on site offering a unique viewing platform, exhibition space and a cafe and toilets, allowing people to connect with our natural environment.
“Torry Battery overlooks one of the best dolphin viewing points in Europe and we are looking to create a building that will allow people to view this, our city, beach and bustling harbour in comfort, for the first time.”
Project architect Professor Gokay Deveci, based at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture at RGU, working with Bryan Gray at DYNAMIX Modular, described the proposed design as “exciting news for both the city and its residents”.
He added: “Using a pre-existing structure delivers an affordable and recyclable unit with minimum impact on site and a ready-made canvas to build a unique window to the sea”.
Richard Heawood, senior designations officer at Historic Environment Scotland, said: “These proposals form part of a long-term plan to conserve the site as well as promote Torry Battery’s historic interest to the public.”