Aberdeen City Council provided £30 million for Phase 1 Masterplan projects – funding that is being used to improve the city centre, making it an attractive place to invest. This is in addition to money already committed to some of projects listed below.
Art Gallery – A £30 million redevelopment, including £10m each from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Aberdeen City Council, to create a modern cultural centre.
Marischal Square – Offering prime office, hotel and leisure space. Confirmed tenants include Residence Inn Marriott, All Bar One and Aberdeen Journals.
Provost Skene’s House – A new visitor attraction celebrating the way people from Aberdeen and the North-east transformed the world.
Music Hall – An £8.7m revamp of the iconic concert venue, funded by the Council and partners, will include new studio space and box office, and the restoration of the auditorium.
Union Street – More than £600,000 is being spent cleaning buildings and pavements, and upgrading/removing/fixing and repainting street furniture. A further £2.4m has been set aside to improve the fabric of historic buildings.
Broad Street – A £3.2 million redesign to offer pedestrian-priority area and deliver new public realm space capable of staging events throughout the year.
Union Terrace Gardens – The revitalisation of the beloved Victorian Park will improve access, amenity and activity while conserving heritage.
Aberdeen in Colour describes plans for lighting the city centre – including landmarks and gateways – to give Aberdeen a new night-time identity.
Independent Aberdeen seeks to support and promote homegrown retail businesses, adding to the distinctiveness of the city centre.
Other Phase 1 projects include development schemes at Union Square, Queen’s Square and North Dee Business Quarter.
Briefs have been prepared for new public realm spaces in Golden Square and on Schoolhill outside Robert Gordon’s College.
Understanding challenges and opportunities ahead is an important first step in regenerating the city centre, and Masterplan money has been used to commission several studies to help inform delivery.
The City Living Study will consider what needs to be done to help persuade people to make their home in the city centre, with a goal of increasing the population by 3,000. This is closely linked to a City Parking Study, which will look at what provision is needed.