City Garden Project abandoned by Aberdeen City Council

by Pete Hayman | 29 Aug 2012

Image: The Granite Web concept was chosen for the CGP

Members of Aberdeen City Council (ACC) have voted in favour of abandoning the planned City Garden Project (CGP) in favour of "alternative proposals" for the city's regeneration.

The Granite Web concept - involving the raising of Union Terrace Gardens to street level - was rejected by 22 councillors, with 20 voting in favour and one abstaining.

Earlier this year, it was announced Diller Scofidio and Renfro (New York, US) and Keppie Design with US landscape architects Olin Studio had been selected to design the CGP.

The redevelopment of Union Terrace Gardens had been backed by more than 45,000 local residents in a referendum organised by ACC, but opposition to the plans remained.

It was agreed, however, that plans forming part of a revised Tax Incremental Financing (TIF) scheme to refurbish Aberdeen Art Gallery among other projects would be retained.

Additional projects such as a refurbishment of the Music Hall and Aberdeen Arts Centre are to be considered as part of the TIF scheme in consultation with the Scottish Futures Trust.

ACC leader Barney Crockett said: "We are extremely keen to work with everyone to deliver our vision for city centre regeneration, without the divisive City Garden Project.

"I hope everyone in this city can now start afresh and support us to the hilt as we focus on the improvements we propose and on becoming UK City of Culture in 2017."

Click here for more information on ACC's decision to abandon the CGP.

Image: The Granite Web concept was chosen for the CGP Members of Aberdeen City Council (ACC) have voted in favour of abandoning the planned City Garden Project (CGP) in favour of "alternative proposals" for the city's regeneration. The Granite Web concept - involving the raising of Union Terrace Gardens to street level - was rejected by 22 councillors, with 20 voting in favour and one abstaining. Earlier this year, it
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