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Aberdeen city centre pavements to close as work on Union Terrace Gardens gets underway

Monday September 9th 2019 at 7:00 AM

A number of Aberdeen city centre pavements will close from today as multi-million pound work gets underway to transform Union Terrace Gardens.

Phase one of the £25.7 mil refurbishment of the historic park gets underway today, with plans to create a permanent safety structure on Union Bridge.

Contractor Balfour Beatty, one of three firms responsible for building the Aberdeen Bypass, is carrying out the work and anticipates a six-week period of set-up.

The project, which will also include the creation of new walkways, pavillions, an event space and play facilities in the Victorian park, is part of Aberdeen City Council’s City Centre Masterplan, which also includes the redevelopment of the Aberdeen Art Gallery and pedestrianisation of Broad Street.

The eastern pavement on Union Terrace, part of the southern footpath on Rosemount Viaduct and the northern pavement on Union Bridge will all be closed while the work is ongoing.

In 2020, the hoardings will be extended into Union Terrace to enable arch replacement, strengthening of the balustrades and footway widening.

The council is currently exploring ways to introduce traffic management measures that will ensure the safety of workers while keeping travel disruption to a minimum.

Work on the park, which first opened in 1879, is expected to be completed in summer 2021.

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