An Aberdeen institution, The College had been providing great nights out for over 20 years. However it was time for a change and in 2018, The College has been reborn: College. A 21st century refurbishment, bringing an inclusive and metropolitan venue to Aberdeen. The new College opened on Friday 22nd June to invited guests who were the first to see the transformation, before it opened to the public.

Guests at the opening were treated to the first “tank beer” in Aberdeen, and the College are only the third bar in Scotland to offer this. The unpasteurised beer will be offered at the College giving fans in Aberdeen a chance to sample the ‘purest form’ of pints. The creation is aimed to offer ‘brewery fresh’ to consumers, giving them a fresh pint experience. A wide selection of other drinks including cocktails were served with superb food supplied by So On Fire, the outside catering company of the PB Devco group.

The official opening was by Alan McRae, President of the Scottish Football Association, and long term family friend of Stuart Clarkson and family. During his opening speech, Alan spoke warmly of over 30 years working for Stuart on various pubs and clubs, and said that Stuart and PB Devco was one of his best clients. He presented Stuart with a shirt, pendant, and plaque from the recent Mexico v Scotland match. The family and Alan all signed the shirt which will be displayed in the College to celebrate the opening.

Neil, is a close friend of Stuart’s and has been for over 35 years so he and his wife Sandra were guests but he also took some photographs of the guests and official opening. These can be viewed at the link below:

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The new College looks stunning, and Tinto Architecture has done a great job.The transformation is superb and manages to create a very contemporary look but still with a proper sport bar feel. Apart from a great pint, the copper work for the Tennent’s tank beer looks amazing.

The large 3 sided screen above the bar is not working yet but I added images to it with Photoshop.

Richard from Tinto Architecture was delighted with the photographs – see below

“Once again we gave Neil the opportunity to showcase our work and we are delighted. The wide angle allows a panoramic take on the entire design scheme that really allows the relationships between the different elements to be understood together. Amazing Job Neil. Looking forward to completing another project soon and enjoying your photos”

Richard Tinto
Tinto Architecture