Alistair Lea 2020
The much-anticipated opening of the new Aberdeen South Harbour has been described as a “game changer” for the local cruise market. The £350 million expansion of Aberdeen Harbour, due for completion in 2020, will attract much bigger cruise ships to the port.
This, in turn, will increase visitor numbers to north-east tourist attractions and shops. After the recent woes of the oil and gas sector in the area, this bright outlook for the tourism industry will give a welcome boost to the north-east economy. Aberdeen South Harbour will transform the port’s ability to accommodate larger vessels being used in a range of industries, including cruises.
This connection was explored by architect Chris Smith through his idea of suspended cable car, connecting Nigg Bay, Beachfront and the Citadel. It was hoped that this would regenerate these areas. This was initially dubbed as a “mad idea” although was surprisingly “very well received”. This project aimed to create a crossing that with a sense of wonder that gave tourists an exciting first impression of the city.
The Transporter Bridge will allow a hydrogen bus to cross the harbour - bring tourists from the new harbour on a journey into the city centre and allow residents to explore Aberdeen’s extremities. Cities around the world are characterised by one landmark that you notice upon entering. Aberdeen shall be known for its transporter bridge, combining fun and practicality.
In addition to transportation, the bridge also features amenities for people to use as they wait, including shops and outlets. Visitors and residents will be able to take the futurist elevators to the top of the structure where they can congregate in the vibrant mixed-use space where they can see the city of Aberdeen from a brand-new perspective. The transporter bridge will be the first stop on an exciting journey for the new hydrogen bus.