04 Apr Aberdeen Science Centre celebrates bumper year
One of the north-east’s most popular visitor attractions has recorded the highest number of visitor figures ever seen in its long history it was announced today (Wednesday 4th April).
Aberdeen Science Centre welcomed 55,753 visitors for the year April 2017 to March 2018, an increase of 1,400 on the previous year, as well as outreach figures of 13,793, taking the total number of people engaged with over this period up to almost 70,000.
This comes at a time when the Centre is preparing for a massive £4.7million redevelopment which will see the venue almost double in size, enabling it to significantly boost its offering and encourage the next generation of scientists.
The Centre’s Chief Executive, Liz Hodge, said: “This is a fantastic result and is all down to the hard work and continued commitment of our staff to make the Centre a great place to visit.
“As many people are aware, the Centre is in need of some refurbishment, but our dynamic team continually strives to develop exciting programmes and workshops and ensure that every visitor to the Centre has an unforgettable experience despite our current limitations.”
Architect Halliday Fraser Munro was recently appointed to take forward the redevelopment project and is in the process of submitting a planning application to Aberdeen City Council. It is envisaged that construction will begin early year during which time the Centre will temporarily relocate to another city centre location to be confirmed shortly.
The long-term goal of the expansion is to build on the region’s existing technological and digital skills for future generations, which are vital across the energy, food and drink and life science industries.