Union Terrace Gardens designs unveiled
October 18 2011Union Terrace Gardens have been unveiled for the first time, outlining a range of visions for the site.
They aim to transform the Denburn Valley into a “green heart” for the city, enhancing accessibility and the urban experience for residents and visitors.
Six design teams (anonymised for the judging period) are in contention for the project, including Foster and Partners, Diller Scofidio and Renfro, Snohetta/Gareth Hoskins Architects, Gustafson Porter, Mecanoo and West 8.
Malcolm Reading of Malcolm Reading Consultants who are running the design competition said: "This is a special moment in the competition where for the first time we can see how these six remarkable teams envision the City Garden for Aberdeen. The designs are exceptional - all of them memorable in their own way and visually rich and inspired combinations of landscape, urban design and architecture.
"They are not finished designs but already one can see the insights each design team has taken from the site and the brief. They all demonstrate how level access, place-making and new green spaces could completely transform this area, making a new landmark for Aberdeen.
"The designs show how new facilities for cultural use could be incorporated into the spaces, making the most of safe pedestrian access, natural light and integration into the cultural quarter of the city, as well as spaces for public events all through the year."
A public exhibition of the plans will be showcased at The Academy, Belmont Street, from Wednesday.
Interviews with the design team and jury will take place prior to the winner being announced in mid November. A TIF business case will then be presented to the Council in December before the decision is taken upon whether to proceed to the planning stage.