Final designs submitted for £20m Union Terrace Gardens revamp

Union Terrace Gardens Celebrating-Heritage-2The £20 million transformation of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens has moved another step closer with the submission of final designs for the project.

Plans by LDA Design, which was appointed to lead the design of the development back in September, feature a walkway from Union Street, a cafe and a staircase from Rosemount Viaduct.

Also in the designs are new entrance buildings, a gallery area, lift access and events spaces are just some of the features included.

The plans would see the central lawn area kept for large-scale gatherings, along with a new entrance plaza opposite His Majesty’s Theatre for smaller events.

Cafes and a gallery could be created opposite the theatre at the Burns Monument on Union Terrace and within the existing arches.

A major new halo-shaped lighting installation suspended over the grass area is also in the plans.

A large majority of those who gave their views on the plans during a public consultation in December were positive, meaning no significant changes have been made.

Aberdeen City Council approved the business case for the proposals by 21 votes to 20 in March.

Council leader Jenny Laing said: “We are absolutely delighted to be at this stage with the designs finalised.

“We wanted to make sure whatever plans put forward met the needs of the public.

“I think these plans meet requirements regarding access and greater activities in the park and I think it will help regenerate the city centre.”

The final report will now go before councillors to be voted on. If approved, there would be a target completion date of autumn 2019.

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