Work will soon begin in preparation for improvements to a major Aberdeen public space.
Aberdeen City Council is widening the footways and carrying out work to the small plaza in front of Aberdeen Art Gallery as part of a wider scheme to improve the Schoolhill area of the city.
Services diversions focusing on the telecoms apparatus near the War Memorial on the corner of Schoolhill/Blackfriars Street will take place this month and are expected to last several weeks.
The works are to allow the beginning of the first stage of improvements to the major city centre public place early next year.
Councillors approved the first stage of the works when they met in May with funding of £550,000 set aside to carry this out.
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Councillor Marie Boulton, Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman for the City Centre Masterplan, said: “The Schoohill improvement scheme and long term plans for the area are very much aligned with the City Centre Masterplan’s vision of Aberdeen as a greener, safer, more inclusive city.”
Traffic accessing Schoolhill and Blackfriars Street will not be significantly affected by the works and measures will be put in place to maintain pedestrian access to crossing points.
The slip road outside Robert Gordon’s College is being retained and realigned and will remain open during both the service diversion works in October and during construction work next year.
The work will be completed ahead of Remembrance Sunday on November 11.
The council also plans to create a new entrance to Aberdeen Art Gallery with the potential for an improved plaza to the Cowdray Hall war memorial.
Other proposals being looked at for the Schoolhill area of the city include creating a new access route to Robert Gordon’s College, creating a plaza next to the Robert Gordon University buildings and reconfiguring the road to support a cycle path.