Pinsent Masons hosts Aberdeen infrastructure summit

24 Jan 2012 | 04:30 pm | 1 min. read

Alex Neil and Jim MacKinnon set to discuss plans for the Granite City Scottish Government Minister for Infrastucture and Capital Investment, Alex Neil, and Chief Planner, Jim Mackinnon, will meet members of the Trinity Group during a visit to Aberdeen today. (Mon 23 Jan).

The Minister will hear about Trinity’s campaigning for better delivery and improved funding for development and infrastructure projects in Aberdeen and discuss the economic importance of the city to the Scottish economy.

The Trinity Group was set up in December 2010 at the instigation of local developer Dr George Stevenson and Aberdeen City Council’s Head of Planning and Sustainable Development, Dr Margaret Bochel, to bring together private and public sector leaders to promote development in and around the city. The Group’s aim is to increase understanding of the challenges developers, planners and investors face in securing funding and bringing projects to completion.

Members include senior officials and elected members of Aberdeen City Council, the Chief Executive of Aberdeen Chamber of Commerce, and senior representatives from the property development, surveying, banking, legal and engineering sectors.

Trinity Group chairman and consultant with legal firm Pinsent Masons, John Curran, said: “The Trinity Group has quickly established itself as an important forum for championing change and fostering a better understanding between the key players who impact on the major development projects which Aberdeen needs to thrive as a modern European city.

“We are pleased the Cabinet Secretary and Chief Planner are able to join us and look forward to discussing with them some of the major challenges currently being faced by those involved in the property development sector in Aberdeen. We are also interested in his views on how Aberdeen can continue to prosper and make a valuable contribution to the wider economic well being of Scotland.”

Mr Neil said: “The Scottish Government is clear that Aberdeen is a crucial part of the Scottish economy. Our commitment to Aberdeen is clear from the Infrastructure Investment Plan, which will significantly improve connectivity for the city, and our recent Agenda for Cities. That demonstrates aptly that we are determined to continue to support the city and the region and help build on its success. I am sure meeting with the Trinity Group will be an important part of that process.”

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