Fabled Union Terrace Gardens revamp set for summer start
April 26 2019
Aberdeen City Council has selected infrastructure specialists Balfour Beatty to bring forward a fabled £25.7m overhaul of Union Terrace Gardens.
After numerous false starts work could finally begin in earnest on the project this summer to transform the sunken Victorian public space into a fully accessible amenity while retaining its distinctive heritage.
Plans led by LDA Design call for the creation of three pavilions at Union Street, Union Terrace and Rosemount Viaduct together with an accessible walkway direct from Union Street, landscaping, lighting and the refurbishment of historic arches along Union Terrace.
Further improvements will include lift access via a new entrance building on Union Terrace, the transformation of the central lawn into an events space and a reinstated ‘grand staircase’ from Rosemount Viaduct.
Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing added: “In progressing plans for Union Terrace Gardens we have listened to residents’ wishes while aiming to secure the best value for the city.
“UTG’s regeneration will complement other major infrastructure projects nearing completion, including the Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) and the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery, both world-class facilities.”
Detailed designs will be finalised over the next three months with an expectation that the revamped gardens could complete by summer 2021.