Aberdeen’s £23m project to boost early learning facilities nears completion

Kingsford Nursery

A multi-million pound project to upgrade Aberdeen’s early learning childcare provision is nearing completion, the city’s council has said.

Aberdeen City Council invested £23 million in the project to construct new facilities as well as upgrade existing buildings to support increased hours in early learning education in the city.

Robertson Construction Eastern is the local authority’s delivery partner for the work, which will see Tillydrone Nursery completed later this month, as well as Northfield and Kingsford Nursery. New facilities at Seaton, Tullos and Quarryhill were completed in January.

Council co leaders councillor, Jenny Laing and Douglas Lumsden, expressed their delight with the progress being made.

Councillor Laing said, “It’s great to see our huge investment in our children’s futures reaching fruition with more new nursery sites, each with first class facilities, either being completed or nearing competition. Each of these facilities also support outdoor learning which has always been an important objective of entire building programme.

“It is a testament to the work of our teams and our contractors that work has been able to resume at a good pace despite the challenges of the pandemic and we are delighted that young families and entire communities will be benefitting from the marvellous new facilities in the very near future.”

Councillor Lumsden added, “It’s great to see more of our refurbished and new nurseries becoming ready for use. Our brand-new modern nurseries demonstrate our commitment to enhanced early learning and childcare hours and families and staff will soon be able to see for themselves the fantastic new facilities we are providing.”

Gordon Milne, regional MD for Robertson Construction Eastern, said, “As the delivery partner of choice for Aberdeen City Council’s early years programme, we could not be prouder of the first-class facilities the Council is adding to its education portfolio.  This project exemplifies collaboration between customer and contractor, and we continue to make excellent progress in the delivery of the remaining facilities which are currently on-site or in the design phase.

“We look forward to hearing about the pupil’s response to the recently completed facilities, and to continuing to play our part in assisting the council achieve its extended Early Years Learning and Childcare hours.”

MD at Halliday Fraser Munro, David Halliday, added, “We are committed to delivering quality and efficiency for the education and community sectors. Investments like this one from Aberdeen City Council are a great example of how we can not only help improve children’s learning outcomes but also their health and wellbeing.

“Working alongside Aberdeen City Council has given us the opportunity to further demonstrate our continued innovation in supporting the early years sector, with practical and innovative facility design. We are delighted to continue to support the development of inspiring places for our communities to live, work and learn.”