Local Nursery Bids A Fond Farewell
Staff and children, both past and present, were on hand to witness the demolition of their former nursery in Aberdeen this week.
The building which was once home to Middlefield Community Project Nursery was demolished as part of ongoing works being carried out in preparation for the A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement Project.
Last year, the nursery relocated to a purpose-built facility within the Hub which has provided a number of additional benefits and improvements for the children including larger, open-plan space and better access to the outdoors. Despite the improved quality of care and facilities, staff and children - both former and present - felt a tinge of sadness that their former premises for over 20 years was to be demolished.
When the nursery contacted us, we and our demolition contractors, George Beattie and Sons Ltd were only too pleased to be able to accommodate a request for the nursery to visit the site and watch the demolition of the building.
Marie Macdonald, Nursery Manager at the Middlefield Community Project said:
“A big thank you to everyone that came yesterday to see the old nursery gradually go. It was lovely to share memories and speak to people who remembered the building fondly.
A big thank you also to everyone at Jacobs, George Beattie and Sons Ltd and Transport Scotland for being so helpful in keeping us updated, giving the children and staff high visibility vests to wear, hats, sweets, stickers and drinks. Also for getting and bringing up our old Project sign which we can put in our new building somewhere, as a reminder of the old place. Your generosity was very thoughtful and made the afternoon feel like a really nice shared experience for all involved.”
Work on this key improvement got underway in July when Transport Scotland’s demolition contractors, George Beattie and Sons Ltd started work to clear the site. Work to demolish the 30 buildings is progressing steadily in preparation for construction of the new road. Alan Beattie, George Beattie and Sons Ltd said:
“We are proud to be part of such a prestigious scheme, and were delighted to meet with Nursery Staff and children, past and present. It was a pleasure and hopefully we shall continue to form good relationships within the community. We wish the staff and children great success and happiness in their new premises.”
Emily Alfred, Project Manager for the Haudagain Improvement for Transport Scotland said:
“The demolition of the building which was once home to the Middlefield Nursery marks a nostalgic moment in progressing this vital scheme to reduce congestion and improve journey times for the people of Aberdeen.”