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March 2 2012

Majority back Aberdeen City Garden plan
Referendum results have shown that a proposed redevelopment of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens have been backed by a small majority of local residents.

They show that 45,301 voted in favour of the ambitious redevelopment proposal, christened “The Granite Web”, whilst 41,301 voted in favour of maintaining the status quo.

The result means that detailed design work can now commence, good news for Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Keppie Design and Olin Studio who prepared the competition winning design.

Keppie’s David Ross commented: "Our team have lived and breathed this project for a long time now and it's satisfying that there has been a positive response.

“Our focus now is to work with everyone in the City, no matter which side of the argument they have been on, to deliver a project which help the gardens to reach their potential. Good design can change lives. This is a unique project for so many reasons and we look forward to bringing it to life." 

Half of the schemes budgeted £140m costs will be met through private and corporate contributions, chiefly from the schemes architect Sir Ian Wood.

The remainder will be leveraged from a so called Tax Incremental Financing scheme to be submitted to the Scottish Government.  This will see Aberdeen City Council take out a 25 year loan repayable from business rates which would have gone direct to the government and will enable redevelopment of the derelict St Nicholas House and improvements to the Art Gallery to proceed as planned.
A yes vote would clear the way for St Nicholas House to be cleared away
A yes vote would clear the way for St Nicholas House to be cleared away
The scheme is intended to leave a positive legacy for the city once its oil runs dry
The scheme is intended to leave a positive legacy for the city once its oil runs dry

4 Comments

Goff Cantley
#1 Posted by Goff Cantley on 2 Mar 2012 at 17:08 PM
those raised grass areas and walkways will need extensive railings around their edge to prevent kiddies running and falling over the edge onto the concourse below. Good work for blacksmiths!
Miss Charlene
#2 Posted by Miss Charlene on 2 Mar 2012 at 18:39 PM
Looks nice. Glad to see that the heritage elements will be kept.

So, there will be twice the parkland, twice the amount of trees, a 5,000 seat outdoor theatre for concerts and musical events, and exhibition space.

I think the scheme looks grand. Great to see that the road is also being covered over too.
Andrew Brown
#3 Posted by Andrew Brown on 3 Mar 2012 at 17:43 PM
Some of the road is being left open. You will notice in the video and in the site model.
The Corrector.
#4 Posted by The Corrector. on 6 Mar 2012 at 10:54 AM
@ Geoff : have a look at the Hypar Pavillion for howthe ballustrading (both glass and near invisible mesh) will be done. Very slick.

@Andrew : The road is not left open in the amended design (Jan 2012), it is entirely covered. However, it wound't suprise me if the final design leaves it partially open again - dealing with the back of Belomont St could be tricky engineering wise and costly.

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