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Design finalised for Union Terrace Gardens overhaul

May 4 2017

Design finalised for Union Terrace Gardens overhaul
Aberdeen City Council have finalised a £20m proposal to overhaul the city’s Union Terrace Gardens, the latest twist in a long-running saga to upgrade the public space.

Part of the city centre masterplan the scheme follows on from a public consultation at the tail end of last year which will see plans drawn up by LDA Design delivered in their proposed form.

This will include a number of new interventions such as a hub entrance building offering lift access to the lower level as well as cafes and gallery spaces within existing arches. A halo-style lighting installation is also planned to bring life after hours.

A walkway is also envisaged to enhance accessibility, working in concert with a new entrance plaza opposite HM Theatre which would double-up as a compact events space to complement a full-scale events space on the central lawn.

Council leader Jenny Laing remarked: “I think these plans meet requirements regarding access and greater activities in the park and I think it will help regenerate the city centre.”

If the latest plan wins the final all clear from councilors work could proceed from autumn 2019.


dave the detailer
#1 Posted by dave the detailer on 4 May 2017 at 23:43 PM
So the master plan is to polish the surrounding buildings roofs to a high sheen? outstanding.
Jimbob Tanktop
#2 Posted by Jimbob Tanktop on 4 May 2017 at 23:53 PM
"A quick update Prime Minister: we have finally eliminated malignant cancer cells from every last animal on Earth, the flying cars we've been using since 2030 will be obsolete by the end of the year as we've finally ironed out the flaws in teleportation and plans for the official celebrations to mark 100 years since the elimination of poverty are going well."

"All good. Is that all?"

"Oh, Aberdeen City Council have announced the final plan for Union Street Gardens"

"Never gonnae happen."
#3 Posted by Ken on 5 May 2017 at 10:53 AM
Potential world class art gallery, fully costed and deliverable (would have been build by now) - Scrapped. City plaza, conference hall and exhibition space which was utterly mad but had public support and financial backing - scrapped. Some new lights and a terrible render image - gets the green light. Ambition, Aberdeen...
#4 Posted by Terra on 8 May 2017 at 08:21 AM
The art gallery idea was by far the best plan for this.
#5 Posted by lm on 9 May 2017 at 09:40 AM
Diller Scofidio & Renfro scheme was way better. LDA's scheme is good but I think the city needs a little extra, an award winning scheme that is going to attract people, businesses to the city, otherwise it's going to stay where it is at the moment.
#6 Posted by Jon on 9 May 2017 at 10:18 AM
Bring back the Peacock Centre proposal - by far the best scheme!

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