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Aberdeen reveals designs for city centre revamp

Words: Huw Morris
Union Terrace

Plans have been unveiled for revitalising Union Terrace Gardens, a key project in the masterplan for Aberdeen’s city centre.

Designs for the scheme include a  walkway into the gardens from Union Street and lift access into their lower level through a new entrance building on Union Street. Lift access will also be provided from Union Terrace into the upper level of the gardens through a new entrance building on Union Terrace at the existing Burns Monument.

The LDA Design proposals, which include disabled parking spaces on Union Terrace directly adjacent to the walkway routes, aim to retain the central lawn space for large-scale gatherings and events, and a new entrance plaza opposite His Majesty’s Theatre to accommodate smaller events.

The proposals have been costed at approximately £20 million and, if approved, will be funded from the existing city centre masterplan budget, with a completion target of autumn 2019.