The much-anticipated opening of the new Aberdeen South Harbour has been described by a tourism expert as a “game changer” for the local cruise market. The £350 million expansion of Aberdeen Harbour, due for completion in 2020, will attract much bigger cruise ships to the port. This, in turn, will increase visitor numbers to north-east tourist attractions and shops. After the recent woes of the oil and gas sector in the Aberdeen area, this bright outlook for the tourism industry will give a welcome boost to the north-east economy. Aberdeen South Harbour will
transform the port’s ability to accommodate the trend for larger vessels being used in a range of industries, including cruises.


This connection was explored by architect Chris Smith when he presented his idea of suspended cable car. The cable car connected Nigg Bay, Beachfront and the Citadel. It was hoped that this footfall would regenerate these areas. This was initially dubbed as a “mad idea” although was surprisingly “very well received”. This project aims to create a crossing that creates a similar sense of wonder and give tourists a more exciting first impression of Aberdeen.


Years ago, a crofter in the Scottish Highlands wished to make a short cut from his cottage across a turbulent mountain stream, which separated it from the main road. So he stretched two stout cables between two trees which grew on either side of the stream. The stream was too wide for an ordinary plank bridge, and he, being a poor man, could not afford to build a better structure solely for his own and his family’s convenience. He compromised with these two ropes. He and his wife could cross the stream by walking on one rope and holding on to the other, which was several feet above it. This was too perilous a performance for his young children, and their careful father rigged up a pulley arrangement whereby he could haul them across, one at a time, in a suspended game-bag. He had not produced a transporter bridge in the modern sense of the term, but at least he had applied the idea of the transporter.


This project furthers this concept by using this technology to allow a hydrogen bus to cross the harbour, without interrupting the flow of traffic below. The crossing will bring tourists from the new harbour on a journey into the city centre and allow residents to explore Aberdeen’s extremities. Cities around the world are characterised by one land mark that you notice upon entering. Aberdeen shall be known for its transporter bridge, combining fun and practicality.


Towns and cities are formed at the edges of bridges, when one group of people need to wait for the other to cross there is a captive market and hence retail units are erected. Visitors and residents of Aberdeen will be able to take the futurist elevators to the top of the structure where they can congregate in the vibrant mixed use space where they can see the city of Aberdeen from a brand new perspective. The transporter bridge will be the first stop on an exciting journey for the new hydrogen bus.

Transporter Bridge | Alistair Lea

Transporter Bridge

Alistair Lea

The much-anticipated opening of the new Aberdeen South Harbour has been described by a tourism expert as a “game changer” for the local cruise market. The £350 million expansion of Aberdeen Harbour, due for completion in 2020, will attract much bigger cruise ships to the port. This, in turn, will increase visitor numbers to north-east tourist attractions and shops. After the recent woes of the oil and gas sector in the Aberdeen area, this bright outlook for the tourism industry will give a welcome boost to the north-east economy. Aberdeen South Harbour will
transform the port’s ability to accommodate the trend for larger vessels being used in a range of industries, including cruises.


This connection was explored by architect Chris Smith when he presented his idea of suspended cable car. The cable car connected Nigg Bay, Beachfront and the Citadel. It was hoped that this footfall would regenerate these areas. This was initially dubbed as a “mad idea” although was surprisingly “very well received”. This project aims to create a crossing that creates a similar sense of wonder and give tourists a more exciting first impression of Aberdeen.


Years ago, a crofter in the Scottish Highlands wished to make a short cut from his cottage across a turbulent mountain stream, which separated it from the main road. So he stretched two stout cables between two trees which grew on either side of the stream. The stream was too wide for an ordinary plank bridge, and he, being a poor man, could not afford to build a better structure solely for his own and his family’s convenience. He compromised with these two ropes. He and his wife could cross the stream by walking on one rope and holding on to the other, which was several feet above it. This was too perilous a performance for his young children, and their careful father rigged up a pulley arrangement whereby he could haul them across, one at a time, in a suspended game-bag. He had not produced a transporter bridge in the modern sense of the term, but at least he had applied the idea of the transporter.


This project furthers this concept by using this technology to allow a hydrogen bus to cross the harbour, without interrupting the flow of traffic below. The crossing will bring tourists from the new harbour on a journey into the city centre and allow residents to explore Aberdeen’s extremities. Cities around the world are characterised by one land mark that you notice upon entering. Aberdeen shall be known for its transporter bridge, combining fun and practicality.


Towns and cities are formed at the edges of bridges, when one group of people need to wait for the other to cross there is a captive market and hence retail units are erected. Visitors and residents of Aberdeen will be able to take the futurist elevators to the top of the structure where they can congregate in the vibrant mixed use space where they can see the city of Aberdeen from a brand new perspective. The transporter bridge will be the first stop on an exciting journey for the new hydrogen bus.