Aberdeen MP Ross Thomson has urged local organisations, residents and businesses to make the Greyhope Bay project a reality.
The ‘Dolphins at the Battery’ initiative would provide a viewing platform giving 360-degree views around Aberdeen harbour for dolphin watching, along with historic exhibits, a cafe and visitor space.
Originally, the scheme was due to be built around the corner at Greyhope Road – closer to Girdle Ness Lighthouse – with a £10million price tag, but the decision was made to relocate to the historic battery last year after public consultation.
The new development has been designed and developed by architect Gokay Devici, who is based at the Scott Sutherland School of Architecture.
Planning permission was granted last year, and managing director of the project, Fiona McIntyre, has led a crowdfunding campaign to bolster the initiative.
Mr Thomson, Aberdeen South Tory MP, said: “I was delighted to visit Fiona McIntyre and get an update on progress with this fantastic project.
“This site has the potential to pull in visitors from far afield and it is little wonder.
“The views of the harbour area are incredible and there is no reason why it could not be on a par with places like Chanonry Point on the Black Isle for dolphin spotting.
“I would urge any organisation, business or individual with an interest in the marine environment that has not already done so to get involved and donate if possible.
“The original crowdfunding scheme was a great success but more support will be required to get it over the line and opened up to the public.
“I am certainly a supporter of the Greyhope Bay project and I hope we will see the visitor centre come to fruition before long.”