Union Street, one of the Europe’s grandest thoroughfares, was an audacious feat of engineering, raised up on a viaduct above the medieval centre.
Operation Union Street Rejuvenation is the first phase of a major regeneration programme for Aberdeen’s main thoroughfare. It was led by the Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeen Inspired, the operator of the Business Improvement District.
The blitz, launched in autumn 2016, has involved the deep cleaning of buildings and pavements and the upgrading/removing/repairing of street furniture.
It also saw the creation of a team dedicated to keeping the street in top condition over the coming years by fixing, paint, and cleaning items in poor condition.
The next phase of Operation Union Street Rejuvenation will involve paving the way for bringing back into use vacant and under-utilized historic buildings on Union Street.
Part of that process will be working with owners and other responsible parties to ensure properties are repaired to a high standard through a Conservation Area Regeneration Scheme, the Council having secured and matched an award of £1.2 million from Historic Environment Scotland.
Longer term plans for Union Street under the Masterplan include giving pedestrians more priority.
For more Phase 1 projects, click here.