Union Terrace Gardens is being regenerated to conserve the Victorian park’s heritage while enhancing access, amenity and activity and its role as the city’s green heart.
Award-winning consultancy LDA Design developed plans based on the Masterplan vision using additional feedback gathered during a public engagement exercise. Balfour Beatty is the construction contractor.
Features of the scheme include:
- New accessible walkway route into the gardens from Union Street
- Lift access from Union Terrace into the upper level of the gardens through a new entrance building on Union Terrace at the existing Burns Monument
- Improved disabled parking facilities on Union Terrace directly adjacent to the new accessible walkway routes into the gardens
- Pavilions on Union Street, Union Terrace and Rosemount Viaduct
- Landscaping and lighting, and the refurbishment of the Union Terrace arches
- Tree replacement programme and new planting to increase the number and variety, promoting bio-diversity
- Retaining the central lawn as a flexible space for large scale gathering and events
- A new entrance opposite His Majesty’s Theatre to accommodate smaller scale events
- Reinstating the ‘grand staircase’ as a central part of the new accessible route into the gardens from Rosemount Viaduct
- Refurbishing and re-purposing the Victorian toilets