Union Terrace Gardens

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. It is scheduled to reopen in summer 2021.

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

Details of the approved plan.

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