A £25.7 million project at the heart of Aberdeen's City Centre Masterplan
The £25.7 million revamp of Union Terrace Gardens is part of the Aberdeen City Centre Masterplan, designed to invigorate the area with both public and private investment. The park will feature new entrances, pavilions and walkways, flexible events space, sympathetic landscaping, a greater number and variety of trees, bespoke lighting, and the restoration of the Victorian toilets as well as the Union Terrace arches.
Three new pavilions have been designed to be cafes, restaurants or arts and cultural spaces which will be exciting new additions to the heart of city centre and are nearing completion later in 2021.
In recent months, landscaping work has been undertaken such as the planting of mature trees including elm-resistant species alongside the new accessible walkway route.
The works happening in the gardens, which are being carried out by contractor Balfour Beatty, include:
A 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;
Landscaping and lighting, and the refurbishment of the Union Terrace arches;
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;
A net gain in trees.
The three new pavilions are currently being marketed:
The largest of the three is The Union Street Pavilion at a total of 747.03sq m (8,041sq ft) which is located beside the Edward VII statue and it is a three storey building with a passenger lift and toilets, storage, and staff facilities and plant room are situated within the basement. Access to the pavilion is provided from Union Terrace. The Union Street Pavilion, which is restaurant-sized, has access to the historic Victorian toilets which have been refurbished and repurposed creating a unique space.
The Burns Pavilion, in the middle of Union Terrace beside the Rabbie Burns statue, comprises of two storey building of 204.35sq m (2,200sq ft) with toilets and storage and access is provided from Union Terrace and from the garden level. The pavilion incorporates a 15-passenger lift providing accessible access to the gardens.
The smallest unit is The Rosemount Pavilion beside His Majesty’s Theatre of 68.75sq m (740sq ft) with dual access into the unit from both Union Terrace and the Gardens, and it also has an accessible WC and storage.