Turf cutting ceremony for Union Terrace Gardens

Council leaders today hailed the transformation of Union Terrace Gardens (UTG) as “history in the making” as the works programme was announced.

A ceremonial turf-cutting was held ahead of construction getting under way on the £25.7 million Aberdeen City Council project on 9 September.

First steps will involve closing off a slip road that will become the site of one of three new pavilions and improving drainage.

Council Co-Leader Councillor Douglas Lumsden said: “In transforming Union Terrace Gardens, we are making history in the heart of Aberdeen.

“This is an enormously exciting time for the city as we increase our cultural, heritage and tourism offer and enjoy all the economic benefits that brings.”

Fellow Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing added: “Union Terrace Gardens is among the city’s best loved places and it was vital we got this project right in every detail.

“That takes time – but it has been time well spent and we are about to be rewarded for the hours of extensive community consultation and diligent design work.”

Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council’s culture and City Centre Masterplan spokesperson, said: “We are taking all that’s wonderful about Union Terrace Gardens – its setting, its greenery, its heritage – and enhancing that.

“The design is a direct response to how people wanted their city to evolve.”

Since their appointment in April, Balfour Beatty – the construction contractor – has been working off-site to finalise the design and detailed programme for the two-year build and that work has continued over the summer.

Balfour Beatty will take possession of the site on 9 September and anticipate a six-week period of site set-up and additional survey work.

Engagement events will be held to ensure stakeholders, local businesses and the public have the opportunity to find out more about the programme.

Photograph shows (left to right): Councillors Jenny Laing, Douglas Lumsden and Marie Bolton on site today

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