Aberdeen is an ancient city that grew up around two great rivers, the Dee and the Don, which flow into the North Sea. Its hinterland stretches from one of the world’s most impressive coastlines to the great wilderness of the Cairngorm Mountains.
The City Region is home to almost half-a-million people, 230,000 of whom live in Aberdeen.
Aberdeen received Royal Burgh status from David I of Scotland (1124–53), opening the door to trade. Fishing, shipbuilding, paper-making, textiles, quarrying, oil and gas exploration and extraction, food science, tourism: for centuries the city has been an economic power-house. And remains so.
Aberdeen was the first Scottish local authority to float a bond on the stock market and is to become Scotland’s first gigabit-speed fibre broadband city – digital infrastructure being delivered by the Aberdeen City Region Deal and the private sector.
The City Centre Masterplan complements a number of other ambitious projects in the region, including the new Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre; the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route; and the expansion of Aberdeen Harbour. Planned infrastructure projects total £8.9 billion in value, a mix of public and private investment, all due to be delivered before 2030.
Discover some of the invest opportunities presented by the Masterplan.
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