Fountains mark project completion

The switching on of illuminated fountains has marked the completion of the redevelopment of Broad Street.

Two months ago the street reopened as a pedestrian-orientated space with trees and benches, improved lighting, and a raised grass area offering flexible event space in front of Marischal College.

Aberdeen City Council transport spokesman Councillor Ross Grant was joined by Andy Mulholland, Sustrans’ Head of Design and Engineering for Scotland, and Steve Turner from Muse Developments to celebrate the completion of the £3.2 million Masterplan project.

Councillor Grant said: “Overwhelming feedback from the public during the City Centre Masterplan consultation was for more pedestrian-friendly areas. As the east end of the city centre continues with its transformation the new shared space on Broad Street, complete with enhanced public realm.”

Sustrans Scotland Community Links Manager Dave Keane said: “Creating safe and attractive spaces to walk and cycle is at the heart of our Community Links programme and we are proud to have supported the changes made to Broad Street as part of the City Centre Masterplan.”

Muse Developments Regional Director (Scotland) Steve Turner said: “The new open pedestrian-priority design complements Marischal Square which is already proving to be a vibrant and popular civic space. I believe this will further enhance the City Centre Masterplan ambitions to bring life back into heart of Aberdeen.”

The project was funded by the City Council, Marischal Square developer Muse, and Transport Scotland through Sustrans Scotland’s Community Links programme.

The only vehicles allowed on Broad Street are local timetabled buses and bicycles. The Broad Street layout is the first of its kind in the city and users are asked to be considerate and mindful of other users.

Picture caption: Andy Mulholland, Sustrans’ Head of Design and Engineering for Scotland, Councillor Ross Grant, and Steve Turner at the new fountain