LDA Design’s transformation of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens is set to come to life later this year after the detailed planning application was unanimously approved by Aberdeen City Council’s Planning Development Management Committee.
A contractor will now be appointed, with work expected to start in the autumn. The target completion date is summer 2020 at the latest.
LDA Design’s plans respect the unique character of the Gardens, at the same time making the space more usable, improving accessibility and creating a place to relax and enjoy.
Access will be easier and the Gardens will feel safer with new lighting and new facilities, including a café and gallery space. Existing heritage is enhanced, including reinstating the ‘grand staircase’ into the gardens from Rosemount Viaduct. The central lawn will be retained as a flexible space for large-scale events and gatherings.
LDA Design Project Director, Kirstin Taylor said: “We are delighted that the vision to transform Union Terrace Gardens into a safe and social all-year round destination has been approved by the Council. It’s a significant moment in Aberdeen’s history.
“We’re eager to see our designs take shape over the coming months, building on the 19th century heritage and great charm and beauty of the Gardens to create a revitalised asset for the city.”
It is exactly one year since an outline application was backed in principle by Aberdeen City Council. Refinements were made to the scheme following advice from Historic Environment Scotland and other key stakeholders.
Planning Development Management Committee Convener Councillor Marie Boulton said: “I’m delighted that the detailed planning application for Union Terrace Gardens has been approved and that Aberdeen City Council can focus on the final step – preparing to start work on the ground.
“The design promises to transform the gardens into a usable, inclusive and dynamic space that will serve generations to come. It was a vision shaped by the people and one which everybody could unite behind.
“We need to bring this flagship City Centre Masterplan project to fruition as quickly as possible so that residents and visitors can fully enjoy Aberdeen’s special green heart. The regeneration of Union Terrace Gardens can drive the transformation of the whole city.”
LDA Design was appointed in autumn 2016 to develop plans based on the Masterplan vision. Feedback gathered during a public engagement exercise in December 2016 helped inform the detailed design.
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