New city primary school opens

New city primary school opens News Image Milltimber Primary delliot Tue, 24/05/2022 – 11:06 am Construction of the £16 million Milltimber Primary School has been completed and today opened its doors to pupils and staff. Robertson Construction started work at the replacement school within the Oldfold Farm development in the autumn 2020 – part of a £100 million investment by Aberdeen City Council in four new city schools. Milltimber Primary School have increased capacity – for 434 pupils up from 267 – plus an additional 60 Early Learning and Childcare (ELC) places, ensuring that pupils in the growing catchment area can continue to attend their local primary school with other children from their community. The state-of-the-art facilities offer enhanced outdoor play spaces and PE facilities to promote health, fitness and wellbeing, as well as improved opportunities for outdoor curricular learning and social interaction. Aberdeen City Council Co-Leader Councillor Ian Yuill said: “This is an exciting time for everyone involved and we are delighted to welcome the pupils on their first day in Milltimber Primary School.” “Milltimber Primary School will serve the needs of the community for generations to come. It provides pupils and staff with modern facilities which not only enhance the learning experience, but also helps the Council provide the highest standard of education for our young people who are the future of our City Council.” Councillor Jessica Mennie, vice-convener of the education committee, said: “The completion of the school marks the latest milestone in our Expansion Programme.” “Having the very best facilities available is vital to our ambitious strategy around education delivery in Aberdeen – but the leadership team, staff and pupils are the most important part of the success.” Milltimber, alongside three other new and replacement schools at Countesswells, Riverbank and Torry which are set to open in 2023, forms part of the Education New Build Programme which will contribute to the City Council’s Learning and Childcare expansion programme. The school has already impressed school captains, primary seven pupils Calum Wood and Beth McIntosh. Calum said: “The school is amazing, hi tech and fit for the future.” Beth added: “It’s breathtaking and even better once inside.” Lynsey Cradock, headteacher, said: “This facility will provide a wonderful learning environment for our pupils which will enable them to grow, achieve and succeed not only now but also in the future. With all our wonderful facilities, we can…

Drop-in consultation for residents and businesses in Belmont Quarter next week

Drop-in consultation for residents and businesses in Belmont Quarter next week News Image Belmont Quarter artist impressions
Wed, 11/05/2022 – 9:43 am
    A drop-in consultation to gather information from residents and businesses in Belmont Street and nearby streets for a new permanent café culture in the area is being held next week.   The £1.5million investment in the Belmont Quarter area from Aberdeen City Council will help to grow city centre employment, create a metropolitan look which will develop as an attractive food and drink destination, and become a culturally distinctive neighbourhood that will enhance the conservation area.   The drop-in event includes two options for the area for what the café culture will look like – barrier outdoor seating with umbrellas which could be in place in late Autumn, or shelter structures which could be installed next Spring.   The two-day drop-in event, which is complemented by an online consultation, will also include operational plans for how the Belmont Quarter would work for deliveries, waste trucks, and other requirements depending on the design chosen.   The event will have designers and engineers on hand to answer queries, and there will also be council officers available from 2pm until 4pm each day to answer any specific licensing questions.   Both businesses and residents will continue to be consulted on the draft design over the coming weeks.   An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “It is fantastic to be able to have this drop-in event along with an online consultation and we’d encourage people who live and work in the Belmont Quarter area to come along, see what the two proposals are, and give feedback to the team.   “The café culture in the Belmont Quarter is just one of several exciting changes happening in the city centre and we look forward to what’s coming up in the months ahead.”   The city centre, new Aberdeen Market, and Queen Street projects are part of the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP), a regeneration blueprint which is transforming the city centre while conserving its proud heritage.   Since it was approved in 2015, the CCMP has already delivered several achievements to date including redevelopment of Provost Skene’s House, the redevelopment of Aberdeen Art Gallery, the Music Hall, Marischal Square, and Broad Street. The regeneration of Union Terrace Gardens will also provide a wheelchair-accessible multi-function space…

Trees planted in a Dyce greenspace – the first of thousands

Trees planted in a Dyce greenspace – the first of thousands News Image Trees at Riverside Park
Fri, 10/12/2021 – 11:58 am
The first of thousands of trees have been planted in an Aberdeen community which will boost wildlife habitats and help tackle climate change.   A team from energy company bp planted 1,800 trees as part of a total of 4,244 being planted this winter in Riverview Park at Dyce in a project led by Aberdeen City Council in partnership with the charity Future Woodlands Scotland and bp.   A drop-in and online consultation was held earlier this year to gather local residents’ opinions for the tree planting and the location of a path going through the trees.   The Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “It’s fantastic that the first of the trees for Riverview Park have been planted as it is an important corridor for wildlife and is also a well-used greenspace.   “Planting more trees now will be for the benefit of future generations and these new ones at Riverside Park will ensure it will be continued to be much enjoyed by residents in Dyce.   “It’s wonderful to have had the enthusiastic help from bp staff for this initiative which will also be part of Aberdeen City Council’s drive to reach net zero.”   The work, which is part of ACC’s Climate Change Plan which shows the proactive response to reduce target emissions through council buildings, mobility, transport, and council operations and includes target of net zero carbon emissions by 2045, is also aimed at allowing people to get closer to nature in their local area.   The tree planting will be supported by the Future Woodlands Fund, which was launched in March with £2million of support from bp and was set up to assist farmers and land managers across Scotland to plant new native woodlands.   bp has supported the regeneration of native woodlands in Scotland for more than 20 years. Giles Mackey, HSE and carbon manager at bp North Sea, said: “We are delighted that our staff were able to get hands on with the creation of this new native woodland, planting more than 1,800 trees over two days and making good progress towards the 4,244 new trees planned for the site.   “bp has been located in this part of the city for many…

Businesses and residents in the Belmont Street Quarter being consulted to help shape details of the outdoor eating areas

Businesses and residents in the Belmont Street Quarter being consulted to help shape details of the outdoor eating areas News Image BS 1
Wed, 01/12/2021 – 12:07 pm
Direct stakeholder engagement has started today with businesses and residents in the Belmont Street Quarter to shape what the outdoor eating areas will look like and take into consideration their operational requirements. Aberdeen City Council’s city growth and resources committee last month agreed the changes for key streets in the heart of the city centre including Belmont Street, Little Belmont Street, Gaelic Lane, and Back Wynd. These changes build on the recent temporary outdoor café culture and will provide a future-proofed outdoor space for business and public seating to enliven the area, creating a permanent on-street café culture in the Belmont Street Quarter. It will also create space in favour of pedestrians and encourage footfall. A business case and operational model for the permanent café culture is now being developed in consultation with local traders, with a report on the findings to be presented at the council’s city growth and resources committee in February 2022. Aberdeen City Council city growth and resources committee convener Councillor Ryan Houghton said: “The permanent outdoor eating areas in the Belmont Street Quarter and part of a raft of exciting changes which are happening in Aberdeen. “These multi-million-pound projects will create a more vibrant and people-friendly city centre and will help to heal the city from the economic damage inflicted by COVID-19 by breathing new life into our city centre, boosting job creation, and promoting a wealth of opportunities to allow businesses and traders to thrive. “I’d encourage everyone in the area to take part in this consultation and it’s vitally important we understand what the operational requirements are for local businesses in the area as well as help shape the finer details so we can progress this exciting new chapter in the Belmont Street and Back Wynd area.” The improvements to the Belmont Street Quarter are part of the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP), which is designed to invigorate the area over 25 years with both public and private investment. First approved in 2015, the CCMP has had several achievements to date including the completion of the award-winning Aberdeen Art Gallery, the completion of Provost Skene’s House, the Music Hall, Marischal Square, and Broad Street. Over the coming months, the regeneration of Union…