Contractor selected for Union Terrace Gardens

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 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.

Council Co-Leader Councillor Douglas Lumsden said: “With the selection of Balfour Beatty as contractor, the job of turning the vision for Union Terrace Gardens into reality is about to start in earnest.”

Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing added: “UTG’s regeneration will complement other major infrastructure projects nearing completion, including the Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) and the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery, both world-class facilities.”

And Councillor Marie Boulton, CCMP spokesperson, said: “For well over 100 years Union Terrace Gardens has served as Aberdeen’s green heart and this Council is proud to be enriching that legacy.”

Construction is expected to be completed by summer 2021.

Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty’s Regional Managing Director of Scotland and Ireland, said: “We are looking forward to working with Aberdeen City Council to transform the historic Union Terrace Gardens, which on completion will significantly contribute to the Council’s City Centre Masterplan.”

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