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Union Terrace Gardens Proposals

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30 Aug 2013

Union Terrace Gardens Aberdeen

New Union Terrace Gardens Proposals

New proposals for a major renovation of Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens have been unveiled.

Architects Halliday Fraser Munro, working with Aberdeen City Council, has come up with a design which would see the gardens partly raised but remain sunken.

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The plans feature an arts centre, civic square and the rail line and Denburn dual carriageway covered over to link to Belmont Street. The designs also incorporate a new entrance to the railway station which is seen as key to increasing footfall in the area.

The Victorian park would be preserved but it could become home to an art centre and the plans give the option of creating a civic square that opens out on to Union Bridge.

Architect John Halliday, chief executive at Halliday, Fraser, Munro, believes this would boost business in the area and encourage more to return to the city’s ailing main thoroughfare.

Connections would also be made along Union Terrace and the sunken Victorian gardens would be raised at ground level.

However, existing trees, grassed banks, arches and balustrades would be retained.

Mr Halliday – who stressed that the ideas are conceptual at this stage – said an arts centre could be housed at the HMT end of the gardens if the people of Aberdeen so wished.

By raising the lower level of the gardens, space would be opened up for car parking, taxi ranks and servicing.

Passengers entering the train station at Union Street level would be transported down via lifts and escalators to access existing platforms.

The concept comes after Sir Ian Wood announced a £50m pledge for the redevelopment of the city would stay on the table until the end of the year. The energy services entrepreneur said he would still invest if the council fully supports a “transformational” plan for the city centre.

Mr Halliday said he has no political affiliation and no commercial interest – but wanted to offer something for the future of the city.

He said: “This is the key to unlock the city centre, to define, for the first time, what the real centre of Aberdeen is. If we really believe in the city centre, we should stop talking about it and get on with it.”

The 67-year-old believes the proposal could unite warring factions split over redevelopment plans for the city.

He added: “It addresses all the issues and builds bridges between the different interests.”

Mr Halliday said the plans merited an “urgent and serious” feasibility study by the city council.

Meetings have already taken place with senior members of the ruling Labour-led coalition and the main opposition SNP party. But the proposals precede the current administration, as well as the previous council leadership, having first been imagined 15 years ago.

Mr Halliday headed the design team during the feasibility study stages of Sir Ian Wood’s plans for Union Terrace Gardens in 2009.

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Location: Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen, northeast Scotland, UK

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