£100m price tag on Aberdeen city centre revamp

Images have been released showing plans for Union Street and the Beachfront area

A HUGE redesign of Aberdeen city centre will cost more than £100million to complete, according to a report going before councillors this week.

Planned work in the central section of Union Street – due to get underway this spring – is already expected to cost £20million.

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The road along Market Street to Bridge Street will be narrowed to widen pavements. And it will include a segregated bike lane down to north side of the street, weaving around islands for passengers to board buses.

Now, council road planners have totalled-up estimates for their other ideas for Aberdeen city centre, which they promise could be worth more than £500million to the local economy.

The streetscape project includes the east and west ends of Union Street, the surrounding West End roads, the historic streets around the Green and the Merchant Quarter, as well as the Castlegate.

And, finally priced in December 2023, it will all add up to a bill of £97.25million.

In addition, images of a new pier overlooking the North Sea have also been released, with councillors set to discuss plans to rejuvenate Aberdeen waterfront.

A safe swimming zone could be created right underneath, with artificial reefs forming a shielded area for anyone venturing in for a dip, according to the Press & Journal.

These are just some of the ideas that will be put to city chiefs on Wednesday as work on the multi-million revamp of the beachfront ramps up.

Council planners have now lifted the lid on how they envision the Esplanade, amid hopes of putting Aberdeen back on the map as “the most beautiful resort in Britain”.

It comes after the first phase of the project – which includes a futuristic playpark, events space and an amphitheatre at the beach – was given the green light in December.

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