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Aberdeen City Gardens team win Moscow park commission

November 18 2013

Aberdeen City Gardens team win Moscow park commission
Moscow is set to go where Aberdeen feared to tread with the appointment of the same core team behind the ill-fated Aberdeen City Gardens project to undertake a similar scheme in the Russian capital.

Buro Happold’s Nordic office secured the commission to build a subterranean cultural centre and gardens on the site of Zaryade Park as part of a team which also includes Diller Scofidio + Renfro and Hargreaves Associates.

It will be the first public park to be built in the city for half a century and incorporates a new museum, gallery, restaurant, retail and even an ‘ice cave’.

This will all be based on a wild urbanism concept which seeks to marry natural and urban environments through the use of historic cobblestone paving with lush gardens.

Senior Buro Happold engineer Paul Roberts commented, “We are thrilled to be part of the winning international team chosen to work on such a unique project. Our team represents six nations from around the world aiming to bring a global perspective and vast experience to this important project. One of the engineering challenges on the project is the large grid shell designed to accommodate the new Moscow Philharmonic Hall, a key attraction in the park.

“The roof canopy has emerged through a consideration of the integrated environment and energy ideals, consistent with the architect’s wild urbanism vision and concept.”
Zaryadye Park will knit some of Moscow's most famous monuments into the historic street pattern
Zaryadye Park will knit some of Moscow's most famous monuments into the historic street pattern


#1 Posted by Hambo on 18 Nov 2013 at 12:31 PM
The backward folk of Aberdeen lost this for their city. If only Aberdeen had half the vision, ambition and gumption of Dundee, the city could be radically transformed over the coming years. Sadly it has none of these.
#2 Posted by Don on 18 Nov 2013 at 13:57 PM
Hambo - a correction.

It wasn't the "backward folk of Aberdeen".

The public voted 55% in favour of the scheme in a public referendum.

It was solely Barney Crockett, head of Labour, who scrapped it.

#3 Posted by Hambo on 18 Nov 2013 at 18:05 PM
Apologies Don - I ought to have said 'council' as this was what i intended! Did not mean any slight on the good people of Aberdeen; rather on their incompetent council.
#4 Posted by Stephen on 20 Nov 2013 at 17:55 PM
@ No.s 3&4: Agreed. Not unlike GCC taking away our chance of getting a decent George Sq.
Aberdonian M
#5 Posted by Aberdonian M on 13 Feb 2016 at 14:56 PM
The people of Aberdeen voted against this plan twice, the third time, without the option of the original and superior PVA plan, and with the backing of hundreds of thousands of pounds and a dodgy business case, there was a vote for it. How it would be paid for, and the level of likely overrun from the 25 'exclusions' that didn't figure in the cost was never covered. Where Aberdeen has lost out is in not having an alternative investment tabled, (probably due to the lack of funding).

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