Phase 1

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 – £30 million redevelopment, including £10m each from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Aberdeen City Council, to create a world-class cultural centre.

Marischal Square – Offering prime office, hotel and leisure space, anchored by Residence Inn Marriott.

Provost Skene’s House – New visitor attraction celebrating the way people from city region transformed the wider world.

Music Hall – £9m revamp of the iconic concert venue includes new studio space and box office, and the restoration of the historic 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 is set aside to improve the fabric of historic buildings.

Broad Street  – £3.2m redesign offering pedestrian-priority area space capable of staging events throughout the year.

Union Terrace Gardens – proposed revitalisation of the beloved Victorian Park would improve access, amenity and activity while conserving heritage.

Aberdeen 365 is a year-round events programme, and Aberdeen Works, which supports local people and communities to access opportunities created by transformational projects.

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.