Tendering go-ahead approved for multi-million pound Aberdeen hub project

Tillydrone Community Hub.

Councillors have agreed to put a multi-million pound project out to tender.

The state-of-the-art facility will be on the site of the Tillydrone Shopping Centre on Hayton Road, in Aberdeen.

The hub will bring together a range of services currently provided in the area, including council services for housing tenants, community support and priority families outreach.

It is to include a new library, cafe, creche and activity hall.

Members of the finance, policy and resources committee also unanimously approved £4.1 million for the project, with additional grant funding of £1.9m coming from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Aberdeen City Council’s finance policy and resources convener, Douglas Lumsden, said the move marks another milestone in the regeneration of communities in the city.

He added: “The Tillydrone Community Hub is one of many capital projects ongoing across the city.

“It stands apart as a project that will offer greater social and economic equality, through improved education and employment opportunities, as well as access to health and wellbeing activities for our residents.

“Bringing all of these services under one roof creates greater accessibility and will allow for true community involvement and empowerment.”

Wider regeneration plans for the Tillydrone area are also in place, including a new school and additional affordable housing.

In another boost, the results of the community-led participatory budgeting project UDECIDE saw £82,500 given to projects selected by residents of Tillydrone, Seaton and Woodside.

The centre is expected to open in 2019 and groups currently using the shopping centre are set to move out by August this year.