The transformation of Union Terrace Gardens (UTG) is set to start this summer following the selection of a contractor by Aberdeen City Council.
The flagship City Centre Masterplan project will transform the Victorian park into an inclusive 21st Century space by improving access, amenity and activity whilst enhancing UTG’s heritage features.
The design includes three pavilions (on Union Street, Union Terrace and Rosemount Viaduct), a walkway from Union Street, landscaping and lighting, and the refurbishment of the Union Terrace arches.
International infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has been chosen to carry out the £25.7 million regeneration of UTG. This was after taking part in a competitive tendering process, which will conclude with the signing of legal agreements.
The first phase of work will include building a permanent safety structure on Union Bridge.
Award-winning consultancy LDA Design developed plans for UTG based on concepts in the City Centre Masterplan (CCMP). The plans were refined in response to public and stakeholder feedback and approved by Aberdeen City Council last year.
Design features include:
New accessible walkway route into the gardens from Union Street
Lift access from Union Terrace into the upper level of the gardens through a new entrance building on Union Terrace at the existing Burns Monument
Improved disabled parking facilities on Union Terrace directly adjacent to the new accessible walkway routes into the gardens
Retaining the central lawn space as a flexible space for large scale gathering and events, and a new entrance opposite His Majesty’s Theatre to accommodate smaller scale events
Reinstating the ‘grand staircase’ as a central part of the new accessible route into the gardens from Rosemount Viaduct
Following the award of contract there will be an initial period of approximately three months to allow the detailed design to be finalised. The physical works, some of which are weather dependent, are expected to commence on site in summer 2019 with a completion by summer 2021.