Work has started on a £200,000 project to transform a city centre rooftop into a green space.
Volunteers from Aberdeen Inspired and Aberdeen Greenspace began the initial clear-up of the St Nicholas shopping mall’s rooftop on Saturday, carrying out a deep clean of the area to make way for the installation of the space’s new features.
Securing almost £200,000 in funding from Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen Greenspace, Bon Accord and St Nicholas and Atkins and Creative, Aberdeen Inspired will spearhead the project.
The revamp aims to entice Aberdonians to make greater use of city centre space and will include new seating, repair works on paving slabs, improved lighting and ‘innovative’ planting to make the area more attractive.
The revamp also marks local charity Aberdeen Greenspace’s first city centre project, following successful transformations of the Hazlehead Gardens' woodland path and improvements to the Eric Hendrie Park in Mastrick.
Michelle Herd, chief officer of Aberdeen Greenspace said: "We are delighted to be a partner and to be offering funding towards this innovative and exciting city centre project.
"This is the first time we have supported a green space development in the centre of Aberdeen and the transformation is going to be a huge asset for people working in and visiting the city centre."
Gary Craig, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: "The interest in our plans for upper St Nicholas has been extremely positive since the first announcement went out and the level of feedback we've received has been fantastic; there is an obvious appetite from the people of Aberdeen for changes to be made to the area.
"[Saturday] marks the start of the work we’re planning in the space and the fantastic turnout of volunteers again highlights the interest in helping bring the area back to something that the people of Aberdeen can be really proud of.
"This is very much a legacy project for us and we want the area to eventually be used for generations to come.
"We’ll be announcing more on the specific plans for the space in due course but it is a project that we’re excited to be a part of and we look forward to developing the area further in the weeks and months ahead."