£320m Aberdeen Harbour development framework to go on display

Aberdeen-new-Nigg Bay Harbour-3Members of the public are being invited to view the latest stage of development plans for the expansion of Aberdeen Harbour as fresh images of the expansion are revealed.

Aberdeen Harbour Board, Scottish Enterprise and Aberdeen City Council are preparing a development framework for Nigg Bay, Altens and East Tullos.

The framework will examine the long-term development and regeneration opportunities arising as a result of the proposed new harbour at Nigg Bay.

The £320 million project was first unveiled in 2012, and has since been described by Scottish Enterprise as having a “critical role” to play in the future of Scotland.

The latest images show how a liner could be accommodated in the harbour, opening up the potential to bring more visitors to the north-east.

Planning and design company Barton Willmore has already held a series of consultation events and is now hosting a further round of community and stakeholder engagement.

The development framework also outlines plans to regenerate the wider area.

Under the proposals, the existing roads in Nigg would be improved to create better access to the harbour, including the widening of the busy Coast Road from the existing rail bridge crossing.

Greyhope Road, St Fitticks Road and the Coast Road could also be re-routed.

After five years, the development will turn its focus towards Altens and East Tullos.

It is thought the harbour will allow new opportunities to emerge on land which is presently underdeveloped.

Possible improvements could also be made to Wellington Road, at Souter Head roundabout and the junctions into East Tullos.

A direct route from East Tullos into the harbour will also be needed, which could be provided by the construction of an access route across St Fitticks Park.

The latest exhibition is now available to view at the city’s Marischal College main reception until Wednesday, May 27.

Ramsay Milne, convener of Aberdeen City Council’s planning development management committee, said: “I would urge as many people as possible to get involved in this process and have their say on the framework which will help to shape the future development of Aberdeen harbour and the surrounding area.”

The exhibition material can also be viewed and downloaded from here.

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