Work to demolish former Aberdeen shopping centre gets under way

The preparatory work before the demolition of Tillydrone shopping centre has started

Work is under way to demolish a former shopping arcade to make way for a state-of-the-art community facility.

The £6 million Tillydrone Community Hub will be built on Hayton Road, in Aberdeen, and will bring together a range of services including a library, creche, IT area, cafe, retail space and a business start-up.

On site there will also be council services for housing tenants as well as a training kitchen and laundry area.

Aberdeen City Council has committed £4.1m towards the complex, while a further £1.9m grant has been received from the Scottish Government’s Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Contractor Central Demolition is now on site to undertake cabling and disconnection work with demolition to start next week. The site is expected to be cleared for construction to begin early in 2018.

Aberdeen City Council’s spokesman for regeneration and transport Councillor Ross Grant, who also lives in and represents the area, said: “The Tillydrone Community Hub will not only be a centre for fun and learning, it will also provide support and improve the quality of life for many residents.

“This is the start of a large transformation for Tillydrone and marks a major milestone for the community after years of partnership working on the hub plans.

“This is part of a wider programme of regeneration plans for the area including a new school and additional affordable housing.

“It is a very exciting time for the local community, and I am confident that this significant investment will help build civic pride and show people that Tillydrone is a great place to live and work.”

In 2015, the location was chosen as the best area to have the facility.

Work on the hub is expected to be complete by December 2018 with the community facility open to the public early 2019.