Ceremony held for new £6million community hub

The foundations for a new £6million community facility in Aberdeen were laid today at an event to mark the start of construction.

The state-of-the-art Tillydrone Community Hub is being built on Hayton Road and will house vital services for people living in the local community.

Aberdeen City Council has committed £4.1million toward this project with a further £1.9million awarded from the Scottish Government and COSLA Regeneration Capital Grant Fund.

Aberdeen City Council spokesperson for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Ross Grant and Jim Young, Construction Director at CHAP Construction were today (23 April) joined on site by pupils from Riverbank Primary School and community representatives as the last of the building foundations were laid.

Councillor Grant said: “This new community facility has been designed in partnership with the community and will make such a difference to local community groups and local people in Tillydrone.

“The start of construction today is a huge milestone following from several years of hard work by local groups, marking the start of the most significant transformation that the Tillydrone Community has had in decades, giving them every opportunity to build on the strong community spirit that already exists in Tillydrone.

He continued, “The hub will include the best opportunities to access vital local services from library and IT provision, social inclusion and housing support to emergencies with the inclusion of wellbeing facilities as well as laundry, foodbank and shower facilities. Delivering for the people of Tillydrone has always been one of our key priorities and we are delighted that this is now coming to fruition.”

The hub will be a crucial resource for supporting individuals and families in Tillydrone and Aberdeen City Council has worked in partnership with residents to identify a wide range of services in order to meet local wants and needs.

Community facilities that will be available at the new centre include a library, crèche, public café and activity halls for fitness and recreation. There will also be on site council services for housing tenants, community support and priority families outreach.

The main contractor for the project is CHAP Group.

Jim Young of CHAP Construction said: “As a local business and employer, we know how important this type of facility is to the community and it will be great to be involved in the delivery of the Hub.”