City students will soon be able to enjoy a dedicated “outdoor social space”.
Aberdeen University has identified funds to transform what has been an informal parking area at the Hillhead student village into a recreational area capable of hosting a variety of activities throughout the year.
Currently, a number of ideas are being toyed with for the space, including plans for outdoor gym equipment, terraced seating and a barbecue area.
In addition, Blackthorn, Gooseberry, Field Maple Dog Rose, Holly and Hornbeam will be planted alongside rosemary, sage and lavender.
Planning documents state: “The site is surrounded on the west and south sides by three-storey student residences, on the north side by a single-storey building and to the east by vehicle and pedestrian routes.
“The above enclosure means the site is well protected from the prevailing wind and with little overshading should provide an ideal location for an external social space.
“However, this also means that there are no views available, so visual interest will have to be generated within the space.”
The site will be controlled by the university management team at Hillhead student village with equipment and planting overseen by the university’s grounds staff, assisted by the team from the Botanic Garden.
It is hoped work can be completed by August 2020.