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Aberdeen votes in favour of City Garden Project

05 Mar 2012 (Last Updated March 5th, 2012 18:30)

Residents of the city of Aberdeen in Scotland have voted in favour of a £140m plan to redevelop Union Terrace Gardens in the city centre.

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Residents of the city of Aberdeen in Scotland have voted in favour of a £140m plan to redevelop Union Terrace Gardens in the city centre.

There were 45,301 people who voted in support of the City Garden Project, compared to 41,175 against it, with 52% of city residents voting in the referendum.

The new garden will include a 500-seat indoor theatre and learning centre, an exhibition hall and cafe, and a 5,000-seat outdoor amphitheatre that will transform into an ice skating rink in the winter months.

Aberdeen and Grampian Chamber of Commerce chief executive Bob Collier said: "The challenge now for those involved in the project will be to deliver the world-class garden and cultural facilities which respects heritage and embraces the future."

Last month a design from Granite Web was chosen as the winner for the redevelopment of the gardens, incorporating 70,000ft² split into eight gardens.

Covering the Denburn Valley dual carriage way and railway, the City Garden Project will double the area of the Union Terrace Gardens, connecting the edges of Union Street, Union Terrace, Belmont Street and Rosemount Viaduct.

The new garden will preserve heritage elements of the existing park, including the Union Bridge, the balustrades, vaulted arches and existing statues and will be usable year-round by integrating wind breaks and covered areas with indigenous planting.

Within the garden, the cultural centre will be built with a butterfly structure, providing major civic entrances at Union Terrace and the new Belmont open Plaza.

The project will incorporate environmental sustainability features and is aiming to achieve the BREEAM rating.

 

Image: The new garden will include a 500-seat indoor theatre and learning centre, an exhibition hall and cafe. Photo: Richard Slessor.