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Aberdeen City:  13 September 2014

Doors Open Days in Aberdeen is a great way to find out about the hidden heritage on your doorstep. This is your opportunity to see behind the scenes of everyday buildings as well as important landmarks. And all for free! 
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University of Aberdeen: Institute of Medical Sciences
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13.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Ashgrove Road West, Aberdeen,  AB25 2ZD

The University of Aberdeen's Institute of Medical Sciences (IMS) accommodates over 400 scientists and research staff working on cutting edge molecular and cell biology research.  The building was the winning design in a competition.

On Doors Open Day the central atrium and ground floor labs are open and there are guided tours.


Architect: David Murray Associates
Building Date: 1996

Guided tours: 10.30am, 1.00pm and 2.30pm.

Exhibition and information. 

There is wheelchair access except at Level 7.  

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Aberdeen Art Gallery
New This Year
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13.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Schoolhill, Aberdeen,  AB10 1FQ
Aberdeen Art Gallery - Image 1A particularly attractive example of late 19th Century architecture built in a combination of grey Kemnay and pink Corennie granites. The magnificent centre court was added in 1903 during the high period of monument and sculpture work in the city’s granite trade. The Cowdray Hall and Memorial Court followed in 1923–25. As the Gallery prepares for future redevelopment there are conducted tours of the building including rare access to behind the scenes.
Architect: Alexander Marshall Mackenzie
Building Date: 1885
Tours at 10.30am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm, and 3.30pm. Booking is necessary in advance for guided tours 01224 523677.
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Aberdeen Central Library
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13.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Rosemount Viaduct, Aberedeen,  AB25 1GW

The first in the famous group of Aberdeen Buildings, Education, Salvation and Damnation, Doors Open Day provides an opportunity to view behind the scenes at the Central Library.


Architect: George Watt
Building Date: 1891-2

Tours at 11am, 2pm, and 3pm. Booking is necessary in advance for guided tours 01224 652547.

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Aberdeen Grammar School
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13.09.14 (11.00-15.00)
Skene Street, Aberdeen,  AB10 1HT
2013 was the 150th anniversary of the Grammar School moving to this site. There will be a display of historical items associated with the school and possible musical performances in the school hall. 
Architect: James Matthews
Building Date: 1861-63

Conducted tours will be organised as well as opportunities to wander freely in the company of volunteers in attendance.

Please note limited opening hours. 

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Aberdeen RNLI Lifeboats
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13.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Waterloo Quay, Aberdeen,  AB11 5DE
Aberdeen RNLI Lifeboats  - Image 1

Doors Open Day provides an opportunity to visit the inshore lifeboat and shed, the larger all-weather lifeboat and crew room.

The lifeboat station is entered from the eastern end of Waterloo Quay at the corner with York Place.

Disabled access (not to boat).

Exhibition, historical/other information.

Tours every 20 minutes. 

Image (c) RNLI Aberdeen Boathouse 

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Aquatics Centre
New This Year
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13.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Regent Walk (Also accessible from Aberdeen Sports Village: Linksfield Road), Aberdeen,  AB24 5RU
Aquatics Centre - Image 1Newly opened world class Aquatics Centre, complimenting the existing Sports Village; includes a 50m Olympic standard pool and a 25m pool with diving boards up to 10m, a sauna, steam room, exercise studio and café. The design allows for flexibility in use and programming, from competitions, a base for local performance swimming and is primarily a community facility to which everybody will have access.
Architect: Faulkner Browns
Building Date: 2014
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Bucksburn Police Office
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13.09.14 (09.30-16.00)
Inverurie Road, Bucksburn, Aberdeen,  AB21 9AP

Parking is available at the south side of the building, enter at main entrance facing the dual carriageway.

On Doors Open Day there will be tours of the Stand-by Control Room, Cell Block, ICT Training Suite, Service Centre and Public Office.

It is hoped to have displays by the Dog and Diving Units outside. Conducted Tours at 9.30am, 10.00am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm.

No booking necessary.

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Central Fire Station
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13.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
Mounthooly Way, Aberdeen,  AB24 3ER

There will be tours of the building, a display of modern and historic vehicles and other displays and demonstrations (including the spectacular chip pan fire demonstration).


Architect: Grampian Regional Council Architects
Building Date: 1997

Visitors are reminded that the fire station remains operational on Doors Open Day. Children must be accompanied by adults.

Tours every 20 minutes.

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Community Health & Care Village
New This Year
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13.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
50 Frederick Street, Aberdeen,  AB24 5HY
The services in the Health and Care Village, an urban community hospital (without beds); have been brought together under one roof from a number of locations across the city, including Woolmanhill Hospital, Denburn Health Centre, the Foresterhill site and Woodend Hospital, to provide a range of diagnostic and treatment services for the people of Aberdeen and Grampian in a central site in the city. The Ground and First Floors will be open.
Architect: JM Architects
Building Date: 2014
Conducted Tours at 10am, 11am, 12noon, 2pm and 3pm. It is hoped there will be a performance of Sound of Wellbeing Concert 12.30pm-1pm.
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Freemason's Hall
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13.09.14 (10.00-16.00)
85 Crown Street, Aberdeen,  AB11 6EX
Freemason's Hall - Image 1

One of the finest, if not actually the finest, purpose-built building devoted entirely to Freemasonry within the Scottish Constitution. A series of magnificent, richly ornamented interior spaces ensures this building remains a Doors Open Day favourite.


Architect: Jenkins and Marr
Building Date: 1910

Conducted tours will be organised as well as opportunities to wander freely in the company of members in attendance.

Exhibition, historical/other information. 

Wheelchair access ground floor only.

Image (c) www.scran.ac.uk

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