Aberdeen beach front regeneration plans progress

ABERDEEN City Council has revealed that progress is being made on plans to regenerate the city’s beach front area.

Members of the full council committee have approved a draft beachfront development framework and executive summary, which would integrate the Beach Ballroom with the potential sport and leisure facilities.

The local authority revealed the framework progresses with the ropes concept option, which is inspired by the historical rope and sail-making works which were located to the south of Queen’s Links. This concept is centred around the Beach Ballroom and it being re-imagined within the parkland setting with improved public realm.

The meeting also agreed a draft beachfront strategic environmental assessment scoping report and that an environmental report will be prepared to accompany the development framework.

The framework and environmental assessment will undergo a six-week public consultation period.

The council committee has agreed several short-term projects within the Beach Masterplan are to go to full business case including the urban park, events park, beach landscaping, public realm and landscaping changes to Broadhill. Medium-term projects to progress to outline business case include the new canopy, Beach Ballroom plaza, Broadhill structures, and the pedestrian spine.

Progress will be reported to the council in December, at which point the council meeting will also be provided with updates on longer-term interventions to outline business case including the Beach Boulevard, Surf Village, Beach Ballroom, new stadium, new leisure facility, the boardwalk, a new slipway, the energy centre, and Justice Street.

Councillor Alex Nicoll, Aberdeen City Council co-leader, said, “It is good to hear progress on the plans in the Beach Masterplan which are designed to create an open and more accessible beachfront with new facilities, and we look forward to more updates in the coming months.”

Councillor Ian Yuill, fellow council co-leader, added, “The beachfront plans would help to create more facilities for both residents and visits alike as well as making the area more accessible, so we welcome progress on the projects.”