what is a City Region Deal

Transformational investment supporting the evolution of the region’s key sectors, sustainable business growth and creating green jobs for the future.

The Deal is the agreement between the UK Government and the Scottish Government with Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Opportunity North East (ONE) on a City Region Deal.

The Deal has grown in value to £936million from £826million primarily as a result of additional investment from the private sector alongside an additional £11.7million contribution from Scottish Enterprise that was announced in 2017.

The City Region Deal is now in its fifth year

For the past years we have witnessed a seismic global shift throughout the pandemic. It has touched every aspect of our life and work, all whilst increasing the need for a Deal to help stimulate sustainable economic growth and recovery.


The most tangible benefit of the Deal to our new way of working is in the digital progress we are making, with Aberdeen well on its way to being a Gigabit City. These investments have already stimulated market demand to connect fibre to the premises, meaning more homes can access these speeds at more competitive prices.

OGTC has rebranded as the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC), a significant statement clarifying their intent to develop and deploy technology for an affordable Net Zero future.

Work has started on site for the creation of the BioHub, which is an investment to provide incubator space, laboratories and accommodation, and business growth support for up to 400 scientific entrepreneurs, spinouts and start-ups, and scaling businesses.

The year ahead looks optimistic, with planning permission for SeedPod, a digital business case addressing the gaps in infrastructure in the region, the opening of National Subsea Centre and the phased opening of Aberdeen South Harbour in 2022.

Read the latest Aberdeen City Region Deal Annual Report Here


SeedPod is a £21million investment in the food and drink industry to create a centre of excellence for manufacturing and production in North East Scotland that will deliver regional and national growth ambitions.

CityFibre Network

"Going up from 33 to 900 Mbps will make such a huge difference to my working day!"
 ~ Local resident

Digital Connectivity

The Aberdeen City Region Deal is supporting an increased delivery of ultrafast fibre connectivity.


The new-build project is a flagship addition to Aberdeen’s Foresterhill Health Campus, one of Europe’s largest integrated clinical, research and teaching sites for life sciences and medicine

Key Projects

Supported by

Aberdeen City Region Deal
Julie Richards-Wood - Programme Manager
Aigul Gray - External Partnership Project Support - ACRD

Opportunity North East