Redevelopment of Aberdeen Science Centre

Project Vision and Mission

The centre’s vision and mission are to inspire a lifelong interest in science by creating engaging experiences, with an ambition to be recognised as the Regional STEM Hub that connects, engages and works with members of the public, industry, academia and government to highlight and promote STEM (science, technology, engineering and maths)


The Science Centre is an important education resource in the North East for nearly 30 years and heavily utilised by schools and families from the North East of Scotland, the Highlands and Islands and also from visitors to the area from around the world.  In recent years the facility has become unsustainable and dated and is now undergoing much needed redevelopment.  Funding has been sought and obtained from a number of sources including local industry.  The main funder being the Welcome Trust who have committed a considerate sum of money to the project.  Visit Scotland is also on board.

Scope of Work

Works comprise alterations, refurbishment and upgrading of the existing science centre, including alterations to replace the roof and introduce new mezzanine floor to create additional public use space; alter existing and provide new stairwells; provide new toilets and associated drainage; refurbishment of reception and café areas; installation of a new passenger, platform and goods lifts; refurbishment of office and staff areas; mechanical and electrical services upgraded throughout the existing building together with contractor designed wind and solar installations . The construction of a two storey extension to the rear of the building provides additional storage and public use space.         

Key Information

ASC are highly satisfied with the new refurbished building, and the performance of Bancon who have delivered a quality job, despite a number of unforeseen complexities (roof, electrics, rot etc) under difficult circumstances including full Covid lock down and a “social distance” completion phase. on time i.e. delivered to the date agreed by the Contract Administrator (inclusive of the Extensions of Time awards)
Bryan Snelling, Chief Executive Officer

Colin Mercer

Construction Director

Colin has been in continuous employment within the UK Building and Construction industry since 1985. An articulated pupil ship with John Laing Construction launched his career that has seen him employed by 5 of the UKs top 50 Contractors. 20 years as a construction planner added to a wealth of multi-sector construction management experience, enables Colin to effectively lead his site teams through the most complex of projects, safely and efficiently. He is passionate about achieving customer satisfaction and developing talent through the UK construction industry.