The Story So Far
It has been 3 years since I founded Greyhope Bay (a charitable company) with the ambition of highlighting our incredible coastal setting and visiting marine wildlife. I wanted to create space for visitors and the people of Aberdeen to connect with and experience our natural heritage, to imagine more for the city and to be a part of unique project that seeks to put Aberdeen on the map in a way that is authentic to its story and place.
With the help of so many who have resonated with this ambition (namely our architect and unofficial co-founder Gokay Deveci, the Greyhope Bay board and project team, numerous volunteers, incredible sponsors and donors, supporting organisations and the Aberdeen community) we have achieved so much…
gala dinners on the beach (crazy that we actually pulled that off – shout out to Kelsey Gocke!)
over 3,000 people visiting our marquee by the sea (incredible when on that day the harr sullied the view…)
ambitious concept designs for a build with meaning, set in to the landscape and connecting to our coast
a pop-up shop and exhibition at the Bon Accord Shopping Centre (designed and delivered with the help and input of 15 students and another 20 volunteers)
business plans and planning surveys, stakeholder buy-in and support
All of which has led and informed our strategy to open on site the first phase of the project in 2019 with a wildlife watching platform and cafe as a unique opportunity to provide immediate facility, engage communities, test ideas and build audience.
As we continue to push forward I will be writing a blog post every two weeks about my experience running the project and trying to get Greyhope Bay off the ground – highs and lows.
Tune in and buckle up friends!