The transformation of Union Terrace Gardens (UTG) is set to start this year after the detailed planning application was unanimously approved by Aberdeen City Council’s Planning Development Management Committee.
Officers had recommended supporting the City Centre Masterplan project, which will improve access, amenity and activity while enhancing UTG’s green space and heritage features.
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.
“We need to bring this flagship City Centre Masterplan project to fruition as quickly as possible so that residents and visitors can fully enjoy Aberdeen’s special green heart. The regeneration of Union Terrace Gardens can drive the transformation of the whole city.”
Project director Kirstin Taylor from LDA Design said: “We are delighted that the vision to transform Union Terrace Gardens into a safe and social all-year round destination has been approved by the Council. It’s a significant moment in Aberdeen’s history.
“We’re eager to see our designs take shape over the coming months, building on the 19th century heritage and great charm and beauty of the Gardens to create a revitalised asset for the city for generations to come.”