Covid and supply chain issues delay £25.7m Aberdeen project

A soft opening planned for the redeveloped Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen is to no longer take place today.

Balfour Beatty first started works on the £25.7 million project to modernise the gardens in 2019, with it including the creation of new walkways, pavilions, and refurbishment of the Union Terrace arches.

However, Aberdeen City Council said that ‘supply chain issues affecting the European construction sector’ have impacted works at the gardens – with it initially hoped that a section of the gardens might be ready for opening today, in advance of a full opening at a later date.

Aberdeen City Council chief executive, Angela Scott, said, “The decision not to proceed with today’s soft opening followed advice from our construction partner Balfour Beatty. The council is naturally disappointed that the event can’t go ahead but we look forward to the full opening in due course.”

A Balfour Beatty spokesperson added, “External factors such as Covid-19 and more recently material supply issues continue to disrupt construction projects across the UK. As we move towards the anticipated completion of Union Terrace Gardens this summer we continue to work with our supply chain to minimise these effects.”