Union Terrace Gardens: update

Aberdeen City Council is preparing to go out to tender for work to regenerate Union Terrace Gardens (UTG).

The flagship City Centre Masterplan project aims to transform the Victorian gardens into a usable and inclusive space by improving access, amenity and activity.

The design includes a new walkway from Union Street, landscaping and lighting, pavilions on Union Street, Union Terrace and Rosemount Viaduct, and the refurbishment of the Union Terrace arches.

Potential contractors have been invited to attend an event at the Town House on Thursday (June 14) to learn more about the project ahead of a tender being published.

The move follows the grant of a petition by the Court of Session allowing the Council to use Common Good land for the building of the pavilions.

Councillor Marie Boulton, lead on the City Centre Masterplan, said: “It’s tremendously exciting to have a reached the point where we can share detailed plans with potential contractors.

“We are now very close to seeing work start on the ground and transforming Aberdeen’s heart in line with the wishes of the community.”

Bids for the work will be brought back to the Council for consideration and a detailed programme would be drawn up when a contractor is appointed.

The project was granted detailed planning in March this year.