Vision of the future
This is a dramatic view of how the heart of Aberdeen could look under radical new plans to revitalise the city centre, the Press & Journal can exclusively reveal today.
Striking new images, drawn up by a leading city architect, illustrate how new life could be breathed into the area around Union Street, with a brand new entrance to the railway station at the corner of Union Terrace potentially drawing tens of thousands of visitors into the city.
The plans, from John Halliday, include a completely new civic square at the corner of Union Terrace, while the much fought over Union Terrace Gardens would be largely retained - although the plans do involve raising the base of the sunken park. Wide pedestrian walkways linking Union Bridge with the city's art gallery would run along the Belmont Street side, while the unsightly Denburn Valley would be covered over. The concept was made public just a week after Sir Ian Wood announced a £50million pledge for the redevelopment of the city would stay on the table until the end of the year.
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