Aberdeen Harbour Board and Dragados UK, the principal contractor for the Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project, are delighted to announce the opening of the Harbour Expansion Visitor Centre, where schools, community groups, organisations and members of the public can gain insight into the construction of the landmark £350 million development.
Located in Walker Park, by Girdle Ness Lighthouse, the Harbour Expansion Visitor Centre offers the opportunity to see the work being carried out in real time, from an elevated position overlooking the area. In addition, the centre contains information about the history of Aberdeen Harbour, the different construction activities associated with the project, the environmental protection measures being deployed, and some interesting facts and history about the local area.
The Visitor Centre also aims to be an exciting hub in the area, hosting community and professional events, talks and presentations.
Colin Parker, Chief Executive, Aberdeen Harbour Board, said: “Since work commenced on site in April 2017, the South Harbour development has already made significant progress, with our main contractor, Dragados UK, completing approximately 200 metres of north breakwater as well as a first round of dredging activity.
“This Visitor Centre showcases, not only the work being done to move the harbour into the future, but celebrates the history of both the port and the region. We look forward to welcoming the public, schools and organisations to see it.”
Once completed, the state-of-the-art facilities at the South Harbour will allow enhanced activity in the decommissioning and cruise industries, amongst others, thanks to 1,400 metres of new quay and a water depth of up to 10.5 metres. The expansion will also create an additional 125,000 square metres of lay-down area, making it the largest berthage port in Scotland.
In 2018, work will continue on the north and south breakwaters as well as dredging and the construction of both the open and closed quays as the project works towards completion in 2020.
The Visitor Centre will be open to the general public from 10am to 3pm every Saturday, and Aberdeen Harbour Board and Dragados UK are encouraging education establishments, community and professional groups and organisations to arrange visits from Monday to Friday between 9am and 5pm.
To arrange a visit for a group please email contactusAHEP@dragados.com or call 0800 4714829.