UK-based infrastructure group Balfour Beatty has secured a £25.7m contract to renovate the Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen on behalf of Aberdeen City Council.
As part of the contract, Balfour Beatty will build three new pavilions, a new accessible walkway into the gardens from Union Street, and associated landscaping and lighting.
Balfour Beatty Scotland and Ireland regional managing director Hector MacAulay 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.”
Additionally, the infrastructure group will carry out refurbishment works of the historic Victorian Union Terrace arches.
The project is reported to be part of the council’s City Centre Masterplan, which will see the transformation of Victoria Park in Aberdeen with improved access, amenity and activity while enhancing Union Terrace Garden’s heritage features.
Council co-leader Councillor Douglas Lumsden said: “With the selection of Balfour Beatty as the 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.”
Project works are expected to begin this year with completion expected in mid-2021.