29 October 2008

Peacock Visual Arts’ development of a iconic new arts centre in Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens took a big step forward this month as they announced that they have secured a further £5 million towards the development in addition to the Scottish Arts Council’s lottery grant of £4.3million.

Aberdeen City Council made a £3 million contribution to the development and Scottish Enterprise confirmed an award of £2million to this important new facility.

With full planning permission and over £9million of core-funding in place, Peacock is now poised to deliver this stunning new facility to the City and people of Aberdeen and the North-east. The centre will be an important addition to the cultural and architectural landscape of the North-east and will also be the only facility of its kind in the North of Scotland.

Hailed as one of Scotland’s most exciting cultural projects the new centre is expected to deliver a host of economic, social and tourism benefits to Aberdeen’s city centre. As well as annually attracting around 200,000 visitors, it will also have a strong educational focus – engaging thousands of young people with arts and the creative industries.

The next step in the process is detailed design. Award-winning architects Brisac Gonzalez will spend the next 6 months making sure that the building is designed to the highest possible standard for all its users.

To complete this exciting development Peacock will launch a capital fundraising appeal that they hope will inspire companies, individuals and organisations to help them deliver this important project for the whole region.

For further information please contact Elly Rothnie, Campaign Director at elly@peacockvisualarts.co.uk or 01224-652997.