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Aberdeen Science Centre revamp receives £4.7m funding

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The Aberdeen Science Centre is set to receive a £4.7 million revamp to double the size of its exhibition space.

The Science Centre will see a new upper floor in the Constitution Street building – that will double the current exhibition space.

The work will take around 12 months to complete – and until September 2019 the centre will be forced to find a temporary home.

The plans will allow the centre to put on more activities, exhibitions and events at the venue.

In a report from the Evening Express, Liz Hodge, chief executive of the Centre, says the revamp will create a science centre that is fit for the 21st Century.

She said: “It’s a very old building and in need of some TLC.”

“We want it to be brighter, lighter and much more stimulating.”

“This would be a sea change and I’m delighted that it’s being considered by the council.”

Ms Hodge said that the plans are intended to encourage more young people to be interested in STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths).

“STEM are so important to this area.”

Aberdeen City Council will be asked to approve £1 million for the redevelopment, with other external sources of funding to be announced imminently to cover the remaining £3.7 million.

Council finance convener, Douglas Lumsden, explained how the development will be in line with the council’s aim to increase interest in STEM subjects. He added: “The Science Centre is a valuable resource and attracts people travelling in and out of the city.

“We’re delighted that there’s a broad range of investment coming in and to match the ambitious plans of expansion.”

The Aberdeen Science Centre first opened in 1981, and attracts more than 50,000 visitors each year.

Image Courtesy Aberdeen Science Centre via Facebook. 

Aberdeen Science Centre to be ‘brought into the 21st century’ with £4.7m revamp

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Michael Mander

I am a journalist from Essex, England. I enjoy travelling, and love exploring attractions around the world. I graduated from Lancaster University in 2018. Twitter @michael_mander.

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