Who are we
We are the City Centre Community Council for Aberdeen established in September 2013 and
are a statutory group which is governed by an act of the Scottish Parliament. The Community Council is made up of 7 members of the Community Boundry known as the City Centre in Aberdeen.The members are Dustin Macdonald (Chair), Leonora Montgomery ( Secretary), Lorraine Patterson (Treasurer), Graeme Pyper, Jaki Sinclair, Jess Sinclair and Barbara Checkett. Although the Community Council makes up the bulk of the working group for the Skene Street Project we have a couple of associate members for the project, Clare Rochford and Lucy Mackenzie. who have played major roles in bringing the project to where it is today.
Why are we here?
The Skene Street project started because, as a community council we noticed that the play park below Gilcomstoun Land looked like a derelict play space featured in a post-apocalyptic film, and not a space fit for children to play in. Furthermore there was nowhere for adults to sit while their children played so we decided to make the area something the City Centre can be proud of, and what started as a small idea to get some benches, has grown into a major transformation for the area. We held a special meeting with the council, as they own the land, to find out exactly what was in the realm of possibility and that small idea to get some benches is what we have come to call the Skene Street Project.
What have we done so far
Working in partnership with the local authority, Aberdeen City Council, we have already pushed for new play equipment and pathways as well as joining a previously dormant green space on to the main site using local funding bodies. We have also used some of our grant funding to plant the first public City Centre Apple Orchard.
Working with local Architects, George Watt & Stewart, we were able to create plans for sections 2 & 3 of the project and have successfully applied for planning permission to completely transform the area allowing for better access and attractions such as an outdoor gym, a stage, a climbing wall and to add a greener space for a quieter seating area where people could have lunch or just relax. Gaining the help of Ramsay & Chalmers who supplied us with a structural survey and having all of this costed and certified by W I Talbot LLP, Chartered Surveyors, gives us very clear goals for completeing the project.
What Happens Next?
Along with various partners, we have brought this project to a point where we are in need of funding. Whilst we have been applying for grants this can be a lengthy and very competitive system to be involved in and we want the local, wider and business community to have the chance to be involved. We also want to give everyone the chance to build this project with us.
What will we use the money on?
The intial funding goal will be used to create better access to the site by creating the new entrance on the west side and a path to connect to the newly installed path. This would give us what we have been calling an alternative to the pavement and run from the bottom of Summer Street to the Skene Street opening opposite the School. We have also calculated for the fee's associated with the project including the rewards.
What if we don't reach our target?
If we don't reach the inital goal of £30,000 we would of course be very disappointed however, we have opted for the funding method of "keeping what you raise" which will mean all of you that are generous enough to pledge will receive the rewards in accordance to the tier. However, if we do not reach the funding goal it might mean work on the site could be slowed as we try to find other funding streams. We also believe that by raising some of the money for the project it will strengthen and support future grant applications
Please be assured all money raised will go towards the project!
What if we beat out target?
If we are extrememly lucky enough to go beyond the initial target we will add new rewards and stretch targets. Again all money raised will go directly to the project.
How can you get involved?
We recognise not everyone will be able to help directly with the campagn, however there are many other ways to help. If you would like to discuss other ways of getting involved such as with labour or materials please send us a message via email, via our website or social media.
Many of our rewards can be done/sent out straight after or soon after the campaign ends, however there maybe some rewards that are dependent on finishing the project as a whole and we would keep in contact with those who pledged for those rewards through the process. For those who may wish to pledge more than the maximum available amount please contact us seperatly and we can discuss any details. T&Cs may apply to any/ all rewards
Who we have worked with so far
A Special thanks to Mati Lukowski & Joe McConnachie who filmed and edited the campaign video and
Lucy Mackenzie from George Watt + Stewart for all the extra advice and knowledge.