UTG construction programme details revealed by council

ABERDEEN City Council has revealed details of the programme of works involved in the £25.7 million transformation of the city’s Union Terrace Gardens (UTG).

Balfour Beatty will take over the site on September 9 and is it is anticipated there will be a six-week period of set-up, including erecting hoardings around the perimeter. 

 Key features of the construction project include elevated walkways, new pavilions, events space, play facilities, and extensive planting to increase biodiversity.   

 The first stage of work will involve foundation piling and adding a permanent safety barrier to Union Bridge.  

The council added that during 2020, the programme will focus on strengthening of the balustrades, renovation and refurbishment of the arches, and widening of the pavement along Union Terrace.  

 At various points during the programme there will be a need to extend protective hoardings and other safety measures on to public footways and highways. 

 The council said it will work with its partners to ‘ensure a high standard of safety is implemented while exploring ways to keep any impact on pedestrian and vehicular traffic to a minimum’.   

 The pavilions are expected to be completed in spring 2021 followed by lighting and landscaping ahead of the planned reopening of UTG that summer.