Future developments in Aberdeen, Scotland
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There are a number of future developments in Aberdeen, Scotland that have been proposed or have begun to be constructed or inititated already. The majority are to upgrade the poor transport infrastructure of the city or to modernise the city centre, particularly around Union Street.
Many of the transport initiatives have come about as a result of the NESTRANS voluntry regional transport partnership.
- 1 Transport
- 2 City Centre
- 3 Sport
- 4 References
There are proposals at Aberdeen Airport to upgrade the runway by adding 300 metres in length. This would potentially be long enough to accommodate long haul Boeing 747 aircraft, although the purpose is to create a better landing strip for smaller though equally long haul aircraft reaching North America and the Caribbean.
In November 2010 a £10million plan to extend the runway of Aberdeen Airport with 124 meters was given the go ahead, with work expected to begin in March 2011 and end during summer 2012.
There has been a significant negative response to the proposals from environmental campaigners.
Aberdeen Airport Railway Spur
- Moving the Aberdeen to Inverness railway line to run through the Aberdeen Airport terminal, creating a fast link between the airport and the city centre. Currently there is a station at Dyce on the opposite side of the runway from the terminal. Although used by airport staff and tourists, those unfamiliar with the city do not often venture across the airport to the nearest station.
The Aberdeen Crossrail project wants to see new stations built in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire as currently there are not enough stations to cover a high percentage of the population. The proposals could lead to a half-hourly commuter service between Inverurie, Aberdeen and Stonehaven during the daytime.
Other railway proposals include:
- Aberdeen to Banchory.
- Aberdeen to Peterhead.
- Aberdeen to Fraserburgh Maglev. There is a small online campaign group Scottish Maglev Support Group for the first UK Maglev levitating train to be built along a new Aberdeen to Fraserburgh line (via.Ellon and Peterhead), as a Maglev test track. This is an unlikely prospect anytime in the near future.
Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route
The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is the proposed Aberdeen road bypass. With a costing estimated in excess of £300 million the project has seen much controversy from locals and environmentalists. Having been on the cards for a number of years the bypass was finally given the go ahead by the Scottish Government on 21 December 2009, but it also finally going ahead in October 2012 for legal challenge, construction work on the project will start in 2014 and finish by 2018.
St Nicholas House / Marischal Square
On 6 October 2011 Aberdeen City Council voted to demolish St Nicholas House their previous headquarters and put the site on market afterwards this is due to the completion of the refurbishment of Marischal College earlier in 2011 which is now the Aberdeen City Councils New headquarters. In May 2013 Muse Developments were selected as the Council's preferred bidder to redevelop the St.Nicholas House site. A mixed use development to be known as Marischal Square is proposed by Muse Developments and was selected by the Council as the preferred bid in May 2013.
The City Garden Project (now vetoed)
For main article see Aberdeen City Garden Project
The City Garden Project is a project first proposed by Sir Ian Wood in 2008. The aim is to make the gardens more accessible as well as regenerating the city. Following a public consultation in late 2010, In Summer 2011 an international design competition was run to find six designs to go on a shortlist for the Public exhibition. A public exhibition was then held between 19 October 2011 and 2 November 2011 at the Academy shopping centre. From a vote held during the exhibition, two designs were chosen to face The Jury - one designed by Diller Scofidio and Renfro/Keppie Design called the Granite Web and a second designed by Foster+Partners/Vladimir Djrovic Landscape Architecture called the Winter Garden. The Granite Web was chosen by the jury as the overall winner, (although it is not believed to have won the public vote) and proceeded to a public referendum in February 2012. In February 2012, the referendum was held which closed at 17:00 on 1 March 2012. The results declared on 2 March 2012. Of 165,830 ballot papers issued, there were 86,825 responses - a 52% turnout. There were 45,301 votes in favour of the project, with 41,175 people opposed to the plans - a majority of 4,126 votes.
The former Broadford works site near the city centre may be redeveloped in the near future which would see New homes shops and restaurants opening in the area that has been empty for almost 7 years.
Pittodrie Stadium is located at a site that is surrounded by other developments and so there is little room for manoeuvre to upgrade the site. The new site for the proposed stadium will be at Loirston Loch in the Cove area of Aberdeen. There has been much debate as to whether the stadium will benefit from this location but Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen FC prefer this site.
The site is worth £23 million and is on prime real estate and so would be sold to help pay off the club's debt. The club and the city council envisage building a community stadium that would give the club guaranteed match day rental. This would lead to better cost efficiencies for the club and more use of the stadium for community projects and events.
As Churchill Homes and Muir Group control the land around Loirston, there will be a new "village" created around the stadium at a later date and once they gain planning permission. Stewart Milne has also requested planning permission to build 350 homes on the Pittodrie Stadium site.
Rubislaw Playing Fields
Planning permission has been granted to build an extension with enhanced changing facilities adjoining the existing Rubislaw Field Pavilion. The Rubislaw Playing Fields belong to Aberdeen City Council and are used mainly by Aberdeen Grammar School. A multi-purpose Astroturf pitch has been built.
Trump International Golf Links, Scotland
In 2006 Trump purchased a 1,500-acre (5.7 km2) plot just north of Aberdeen at Menie (Balmedie), Scotland, with the intention of turning it into a £1 billion golf resort and "the world's best golf course" capable of hosting world class events such as The Open Championship. There has been opposition from academics, economists, many locals, and negative reaction from environmental groups, but the project continues.
The development plan for Trump International Golf Links, Scotland (TIGLS) included two 18-hole courses, a 5-star hotel, golf villas, holiday homes, and a golf academy. It was strongly supported by local business leaders but met opposition from some local campaigners and from environmental groups anxious to preserve the 4,000-year-old sand dunes that are designated an SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest). Though recommended for approval by Aberdeenshire Council officials the development was initially rejected by a local subcommittee of elected members. However it was subsequently approved following a controversial planning inquiry ordered by the Scottish Government in June 2008, at which Trump personally testified. Work began on the site in July 2010.
In March 2009 the Trump Organisation had asked the Council to use its powers of compulsory purchase to acquire some areas of land at Balmedie not forming part of the original TIGLS site for which planning permission already existed. These included four family-owned properties. In response local campaigners established Tripping Up Trump, a movement aimed at protecting the families at Menie being threatened with eviction. When it emerged at the end of January 2011 that Queen guitarist Brian May had agreed for the band's hit Bohemian Rhapsody to be used in a film highlighting the plight of the families, Trump appeared to deny in a media statement that there had ever been an eviction threat, declaring "we have no interest in compulsory purchase and have never applied for it."
In September 2011 the Trump Organisation lodged a formal objection to the proposed construction of a wind farm off the Aberdeenshire coast not far from the site of the new hotel and luxury housing. Donald Trump also wrote personally to the First Minister of Scotland protesting mainly on aesthetic grounds at the proposed erection of offshore wind turbines, which he characterised as 'ugly'. His letter claimed that he was protesting on behalf of the Scottish people, 'not... merely for the benefit of Trump International Golf Links.' Donald Trump is not understood to have made any previous objection to any of the large number of other wind farms that have been built in rural locations in Scotland over recent years.
In September 2013 Trump Golf International held its inaugural Men's Amateur Open. Entry was £100 for competitors, with 3 scratch and 3 handicap prizes. The competition was played from the Gold tees at a course length of over 7000 yards. It was a dry day and there was a stiff wind for the competitors to deal with. Scoring was high, indeed the CSS increased from its normal 76 up to a Reduction only 79 for players. The scratch competition was won by Scott Brownlie from Burntisland Golf House Club in fife with 79 on the better inward half from Steven McIntosh of Muir of Ord (79) and Chris Wood, North Berwick (80). Duncan Stewart of Peterculter won the handicap competition section. 
Aberdeen Sports Village
The University of Aberdeen, partnered with SportScotland and Aberdeen City Council funded phase one of the sports village, which opened in August 2009. Phase one includes a state of the art gym, an indoor full-sized football pitch, sports hall, indoor athletics area, squash courts, Performance and Well-Being Centre, 100m running tracks, hockey pitch and the Chris Anderson Stadium. (seating 500 for spectators, 400 metre running track, jumping and throwing areas and full size football pitch.)
The next phase of the Sports Village is the Aberdeen Aquatics Centre, which includes a 10lane 50m pool, and 25m diving pool, for which funding has been agreed. The University of Aberdeen has embarked on a campaign to raise their proportion of the funds. Enabling works have begun on the site, with the excavation of the pool areas completed in February 2012.
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