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Rooftop play area to form part of £200,000 St Nicholas revamp

Rooftop play area to form part of £200,000 St Nicholas revamp

A children’s play area will be part of a £200,000 project to transform a city centre rooftop into a family-friendly space.

In May, volunteers began the initial clear up of the St Nicholas Centre’s rooftop to make way for the installation of new seating, repair works on paving slabs, improved lighting and ‘innovative planting.’

Now Aberdeen Inspired, who partly funded the project alongside Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeen Greenspace, Bon Accord and St Nicholas and Atkins and Creative Core, have announced that a children’s play area will form the centrepiece of the project.

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The play area idea developed after the business group identified a lack of facilities for children in the city centre.

Gary Craig, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, said: "The main focus will be the installation of the children’s play area. We’ve identified a need for a dedicated play area within Aberdeen’s city centre and we think it will really help to add something different to what was located within the deck before.

"There is no real outdoor play space within the city centre for families to enjoy so this will hopefully be viewed as a positive development, helping provide a destination for families to visit."

Wildflowers and plants will be installed into existing planters to enhance the area’s green space with new seating arrangements planned to encourage families to enjoy picnics on the rooftop.

  (Aberdeen Inspired/Citrus Mix)
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The bandstand has been earmarked for refurbishment under the plans and it is hoped the space will be utilised on a more regular basis for hosting events.

Aberdeen Inspired also hope to introduce a hi-tech augmented reality feature in the space for children and parents to enjoy together.

Mr Craig added: "The potential for the area is massive and we want to return it to its former glory alongside giving the people of Aberdeen a new and exciting space to visit and enjoy.

"This is a great example of what we can do by bringing public and private funding together to make significant improvements to parts of the city centre."

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