Greyhope Bay is a charitable organisation progressing plans for a bold £10 million capital project that will change the face of the city and connect Aberdeen with its unique coastal location, bustling harbour and charismatic wildlife (our dolphins).
A plan for what will be a world class leisure facility that sparks interest and facilitates enjoyment and social connection with our marine environment, whilst creating an iconic build and destination centre in a setting with a unique heritage and spectacular panoramic views. The centre will also highlight the regions standing as an international hub for marine research.
Greyhope Bay aspires to do for Aberdeen what the V&A is doing for Dundee. Our proposals are a response to emboldened thinking already happening in the city, a commitment to diversify the economy, to develop the city’s leisure and cultural offer and an opportunity to tell the city’s story of development including its innate and future connection with the sea.
We set out to host a unique gala dinner to launch Greyhope Bay and our plans to establish a world class visitor/education centre for Aberdeen and chose a glass fronted marquee on site as our venue - and what an incredible night it was.
More than 200 guests got the opportunity to take in the views and a virtual reality tour of the building design getting a feel for how the development could contribute to a strengthening of the city’s tourism offer whilst enhancing Aberdeen’s connection to the sea.
Guests were also treated to an exceptional five course meal by caterers Salt & Sauce and cocktails inspired by the sea from 10 Dollar Shake. BBC Landward presenter Dougie Vipond hosted the night which was rounded off by a live set from 1980’s pop icons Hue and Cry.
One highlight of the evening was the auction of a dolphin sculpture created by 14 year old Millie Wark from Lathallan School. Millie used an intricate design to piece together driftwood collected at St Cyrus beach in to the shape of a dolphin. Her stunning piece raised £3,700 - bought by highest bidder Nexen Petroleum UK.
The Gala Dinner was followed by a family fun day which attracted over 3,000 people who visited the marquee to learn more about the project.
Families were able to get up close and personal with the north-east marine life and learn more about the educational aspects of the proposed Greyhope Bay centre thanks to a touch tank full of marine animals, experts from Marine Scotland, and a life-size inflatable minke whale.
There was wide media coverage from BBC World Service who broadcast live from the marquee community day, articles across all the local papers, interviews with local (Northsound) and national radio stations (BBC Radio Scotland), TV (BBC news and STV news) – we were even trending on local social media.
The support and interest from the Torry and wider Aberdeen community was quite evident and we will continue to engage and build on that momentum over the coming year with big plans for events running throughout the summer of 2018. With the support of the UDecide funding, Greyhope Bay has taken major strides forward in making our proposals a reality with works in process for planning applications and further funding from Aberdeen Harbour Board.
The weekend exceeded all expectations and we would like to thank the Torry Community for all the support in making it happen!