The detailed planning application for Union Terrace Gardens (UTG) has been unanimously approved by Aberdeen City Council’s Planning Development Management Committee. The transformation of the public park and gardens, a significant strategic visitor attraction, has been project managed by Ryden and is poised to start this year.
The City Centre Masterplan project will improve access, amenity and activity while enhancing UTG’s green space and heritage features. An outline design was backed in principle by Aberdeen City Council in March 2017. The detailed planning application was submitted in April 2017 and later amended in response to feedback from key stakeholders.
Refinements made by consultants LDA Design to their original designs allowed for any future development of the adjacent railway and also followed advice from Historic Environment Scotland. The amendment included realigning the UTG/Union Bridge walkway and modifying the position and appearance of the Union Street/Union Terrace building.
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.”
Grant Jamieson of Ryden commented: "The approval of the planning application is a major milestone in terms of not only the transformation of Union Terrace Gardens, but it should also act as catalyst for the overall city centre masterplan. We shall continue to take the project forward in the coming months, firstly with the continuation of the detailed design and secondly with the appointment of the main contractor for the works.
"We are delighted to continue to work alongside Aberdeen City Council within our role as Project Managers in what will be an extremely busy, but exciting, period ahead."
Ryden have also provided planning and development agency/business consultancy support to the project. The target completion date is summer 2020 at the latest.