Canopy vision for Aberdeen’s Union Street showcased
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January 27 2014
Composed of a translucent, colour changing canopy would bring the indoors outdoors on the shopping thoroughfare between Market Street and Bridge Street, connecting the city’s main railway station with four existing shopping centres - Bon Accord, St Nicholas, Trinity and Union Square.
This would entail relocating the station entrance to a new civic square on Union Street, overlooking Union Terrace Gardens and restricting vehicular access to buses. The lofty vision is the brainchild of practice director John Halliday as a means of providing weatherproof pedestrian links for shoppers to cut down on unnecessary car journeys and dovetails with the practices plan to partially raise Union Terrace Gardens.
Built in lighting would allow the possibility to change the ‘mood’ colour of the structure at night, transforming Union Street into a 'fifth shopping centre' for the city,
Although the scheme has not been costed and has been conceived privately Halliday insists it is not a ‘pipe dream’ but rather ‘practical and possible’ to achieve.
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