Youngsters brighten city centre lighting proposals

School pupils have been sharing their views on proposals to permanently showcase Aberdeen’s landmarks, civic spaces and streetscape using creative lighting.

Youngsters at the city’s Middleton Park Primary, St Joseph’s Primary, Skene Square Primary and Harlaw Academy have taken part in a public engagement exercise for “Aberdeen in Colour”.

Dozens of pupils shared their views on the best ways to illuminate the city centre.

The survey presented a range of lighting treatments for different themes – including “Unique Aberdeen” and “A Welcoming Destination” – and asked the public to choose their favourites.

After completing the survey, Mia Swinton (left, main image), a pupil at Middleton Park Primary, said: “There are lots of really good ideas for lighting Aberdeen.

“I enjoyed doing the survey because it would be good to know, as an adult, that I’d had a say in developing our city.”

Chris Aikamhenze, 14, from Harlaw Academy, said: “The ideas look very exciting and I hope they will be delivered.

“This could attract more tourists to the city.”

The project is being brought forward by Aberdeen City Council and leading North-east business organisation Aberdeen Inspired, the banner under which the Business Improvement District operates.

Feedback from the survey will be used to help draw up the strategy and an implementation plan, which together will go to Councillors for consideration early next year.

Award-winning consultancy Steensen Varming were appointed to develop the strategy after a competitive tendering process. The firm have designed lighting for several World Heritage Sites, including Sydney Opera House (above).