Coffee house and bar to open at Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens in £28m revamp

Councillor Ian Yuil, councillor Alexander McLellan, and John Wigglesworth

ABERDEEN-headquartered Celera Support Services has been announced as the operator of the new Rosemount Pavilion in the city’s Union Terrace Gardens.

The hospitality venues and services company is to launch a new coffee house and bar named Common Sense at the pavilion, with it being inspired by the 18th century Scottish School of Common Sense, founded by Aberdonian philosopher, Thomas Reid.

The Rosemount Pavilion is one of three similar buildings overlooking Union Terrace Gardens. The detached, steel-frame buildings feature glazed curtain walling and sedum roofs, with terrazzo flooring and underfloor heating.

One of the pavilions under construction (June 2021)

They come as part of the £28 million refurbishment of the gardens designed by LDN Architects and led by Balfour Beatty. The project aims to make the gardens more accessible, whilst also featuring greater amenities and a refurbishment and restoration of its historic elements.

John Wigglesworth, director of Celera Support Services, said, “We are delighted to have the opportunity to realise our vision within the Rosemount Pavilion, demonstrating our ongoing commitment to the revitalisation of Aberdeen city centre.

“Space to build relationships and consensus is what we need to strengthen our city centre and brighten the day for all those living, working, studying and visiting Aberdeen.

“We are playing our part in delivering this in a number of ways, not least with the much-anticipated launch of Common Sense Coffee House and Bar. With plenty of books, music, performance, and chat – it’s good for the community, it’s good for us all, it’s just Common Sense.”