A special evening to mark the launch of a pop-up shop to support a planned marine environment experience centre in Aberdeen will be held today (March 8) at the Bon Accord centre.
Greyhope Bay, founded by Dr Fiona McIntyre, is a charitable organisation leading plans for the development of an international marine experience centre in Aberdeen.
An exclusive event to launch the pop-up shop supporting the development will be attended by almost 100 invited guests tonight. The shop will open its doors to the public tomorrow (Friday, March 9), where everyone will be invited to visit and experience a taste of what Greyhope Bay has to offer.
The pop-up shop space, provided in kind by the Bon Accord centre, will include a café area and a kids’ corner.
It will also give visitors the opportunity to view plans for The Bridge – an exhibition and café space that will ‘bridge the gap’ towards the eventual completed project at Greyhope Bay.
The Bridge, which will be located at Greyhope Bay, will guide the future development of the larger facility and will eventually be incorporated into the full-scale build. It will be created from reused shipping containers and is planned to open in early 2019. A public crowd fund campaign to develop The Bridge goes live today (March 8).
Dr Fiona McIntyre said: “We have already received brilliant support from the people, business and organisations of Aberdeen for this project, such as the Bon Accord centre, Robert Gordon University (RGU) and our sponsor, Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited, who have all donated their time, resources and money to the development so far.
“The pop-up shop in the Bon Accord centre is a fantastic way for us to spread the message of our upcoming developments at Greyhope Bay and celebrate our support and success to date.”
Bon Accord centre manager, Craig Stevenson said: “We are delighted to be supporting Greyhope Bay. The marine centre will no doubt be a key attraction for the city and shire and we are thrilled to be assisting in the development of a new cultural hotspot for the region.”
RGU staff and students have also played a major role in the development of Greyhope Bay, with students from a range of disciplines having worked on the design, build and fit of the pop-up shop since January. They are set to continue to be involved in the upcoming development of The Bridge.
Architecture students from RGU have built the timber frame for the pop-up exhibit and 3D models of the shipping containers to be used for The Bridge, giving visitors the opportunity to play and create their own configuration of the development.
Also on display at the pop-up shop will be a driftwood dolphin sculpture provided by Nexen Petroleum U.K. Limited who has supported the development of the Greyhope Bay project since 2016.
Ray Riddoch, managing director, U.K. & senior vice president Europe said: “The development at Greyhope Bay will deliver a new cultural destination for the city. We are thrilled to continue our support of what will become a destination for the marine environment across the world, starting with the pop-up shop and The Bridge.”
If you wish to contribute to the development of The Bridge, you can donate here: https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/the-bridge-to-greyhope-bay