Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens revamp to start in summer

Work to transform Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens will start this summer after a contractor was appointed.

Balfour Beatty has been chosen to carry out the £25.7 million works on the historic gardens.

The plan will see the space transformed into an “inclusive 21st Century space” while “enhancing UTG’s heritage features”.

LDA design, the firm behind London’s Olympic Park, unveiled their designs for the park in 2016.

The flagship project was originally due to be completed by July but had been knocked back until 2020.

The transformation of the park includes creating shop and cafe spaces in the arches, and installing water features and community gardens, with work expected to take between 18 and 21 months to complete.

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Council co-Leader Councillor Douglas Lumsden said: “With the selection of Balfour Beatty as contractor, the job of turning the vision for Union Terrace Gardens into reality is about to start in earnest.

“This is a moment for celebration right across Aberdeen.

“The investment we’re making is transforming our city and the benefits will be felt throughout the region. Generations to come can share in the rewards.”

Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty’s regional managing director of Scotland and Ireland, said: “We are looking forward to working with Aberdeen City Council to transform the historic Union Terrace Gardens, which on completion will significantly contribute to the Council’s City Centre Masterplan.

“Our construction expertise coupled with our experience in regenerating public spaces makes us ideally positioned to deliver the three new pavilions and sympathetically upgrade this much-loved historic space which will benefit the local community and visitors alike for years to come.”

SNP Group Leader, Councillor Stephen Flynn said: “I am sure the people of Aberdeen will be at a total loss as to how the administration can justify spending almost £26 million on Union Terrace Gardens when they are continuing to make severe cuts to services across the city.

“Project costs have soared by at least £9 million since 2016 and it is now certain that the gardens will be delivered two years late – what a complete shambles.”