Shire residents urged to have gardens say

Aberdeenshire residents are being urged to attend the design exhibition for Aberdeen’s Union Terrace Gardens project, and to make their views known over their preferred design.

The call to get involved came from Malcolm Reading, who is running the design competition which unveiled six potential concept designs last week for the gardens.

Although the project aims to create a new, vibrant heart to regenerate Aberdeen’s city centre, organisers say it is important for residents outwith the city to participate, as a vibrant city centre is vital to the North East’s economic future.

“The overwhelming quality of presentation and depth of thinking has fully equalled our expectations for the competition”, said Mr Reading. “It’s a justification of the effort and imagination of those involved in making this project happen and is proof that Aberdeen is on the world design agenda.

“This is a significant project for the people of Aberdeenshire as well as those who live in the city and I would encourage residents from across the region to attend the exhibition to see all the elements – the models, the images and the design rationale to fully understand the merits and potential of each.”

The exhibition is at The Academy, Belmont Street until 2 November. The finalists’ submissions which include the models and designs, written responses and costs will be reviewed by a technical panel who will advise the jury. A winner will be announced in mid-November.