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City Square Project, Aberdeen, United Kingdom

Friday 26 Feb 2010

Young architects square up Aberdeen

City Square Project by WAN Editorial in Aberdeen, United Kingdom
City Square Project by WAN Editorial in Aberdeen, United Kingdom City Square Project by WAN Editorial in Aberdeen, United Kingdom City Square Project by WAN Editorial in Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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05/04/11 D. Maclean, Aberdeen
An excellent idea. The vast majority of aberdonians support this project - A vocal sharp elbowed minority is drowning out all else. Most folk against the plan never use the gardens. I walked through it the other day - a sunny afternoon - did not count one person despite a busy Union Street a mere stones throw away.
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10/06/10 Andrew L, Aberdeen
What's going to happen is all the nice trees that are already on union terrace gardens will be destroyed and concrete poured on its place. There won't be any trees on the new square. The artists impressions pictures are very misleading. trees take years to grow and they need to be routed in the ground properly. They must think we are stupid!
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26/05/10 ronnie, aberdeen
once again a powerful buisenessman gets his own way just like trump. even though the public percentage vote against it . these councillors must be either overthrown or shot one by one
20/05/10 Linda Paterson, Aberdeen
I am incensed and disgusted that Aberdeen City Council have voted for this project, which is so wrong on so many different levels, and completely flies in the face of public opinion. So much for democracy! Not only are they going to vandalise our city, they're going to bankrupt us in the process.
19/05/10 colin scotland, Glasgow
This project is a waste of money, not enough facts and a destruction of one of our country's most beautiful spaces, why not Edinburgh next, don't let Aberdeen become like Glasgow. An ever-becoming-concrete city.
04/03/10 Michael Heaney, Aberdeen
Imagine civic vandalism on such a scale. - to uproot the last remnants of a medieval forest, 200 year old trees the last patch of green in the heart of the city - in order to put in a multi story car park and some covered walkways.
It is concrete and steel versus mother nature - What pases for a brief is for a city square- not a forest of green. It is a travesty to put in an illustration that is 80 % green when underneath that green is a concrete structure with no room for roots because it straddles a dual carriageway and a railway line.
A few facts about the nature of the site would add more credibility instead of this photoshop fiction. see here for some facts
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Graduates present designs for Union Terrace Gardens 

A group of young graduates of Robert Gordon University are wading into the debate on Union Terrace Gardens, Aberdeen. The City Square Project envisions the radical transformation of the city centre by raising the Union Terrace Gardens and the Denburn Valley to the surrounding street level and covering over the railway and the dual carriageway.

The proposal will create over 5 acres of ground at street level and a further 2.5 acres of all-weather, covered space with significant daylight below, costing between £120 and £140 million. Sir Ian Wood CBE, Chairman of Wood Group, has pledged £50m to the scheme.

Three Master of Architecture graduates have released a range of designs illustrating the wide possibilities for the City Square Project. Leading the group is 25 year old architectural assistant, Graham Edgar. He said: “The design possibilities are endless and this is a fantastic opportunity for Aberdeen to create an iconic civic space and gardens, not a flat concrete square. The on-going public consultation exercise is trying to find out if the public supports the vision of a more attractive and accessible, greener, better-connected and safer city. If people demonstrate they want transformational change, then a full design brief would be compiled and the project would go to an international design competition."

Elaine Lourdes, architectural assistant and leader of the graphics production said: “Our aim is to get people thinking about what could be so that they support the City Square project and get involved in shaping what is in it. We think it is important that people share their own views on how the design should progress...The proposal has the potential to drastically improve the pedestrian experience of the city and raise the profile of Aberdeen internationally. Our eight designs meet the criteria of a civic space with at least 2.5 acres of gardens, an all-weather concourse underneath street level and a contemporary arts centre.”

Laura Paton

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