Diller Scofidio & Renfro's Aberdeen city garden project scrapped

£140 million scheme is rejected by city councillors

Diller Scofidio & Renfro’s £140 million Aberdeen City Garden Project has been scrapped by the city council.

Councillors voted 22-20, with one abstention, to reject the ‘Granite Web’ scheme, which would have raised Union Terrace Gardens to street level.

Meanwhile, proposals to refurbish Aberdeen Art Gallery, to redevelop the site of the St Nicholas House and the Upper Denburn area and to invest in better connectivity for pedestrians in the city centre are set to go ahead.

These will be funded by the a revised incremental financing scheme initially meant to support the City Garden Project.

Council leader Barney Crockett, who in May predicted the outcome of the vote, said: “We are extremely keen to work with everyone to deliver our vision for city centre regeneration, without the divisive City Garden Project which never won the whole-hearted acceptance of the people of Aberdeen.

“I am certain that we can make widespread and significant improvements to the city centre which are affordable and sustainable, and which do not require us to make massive borrowings.”

Diller Scofidio & Renfro, Keppie Design and Olin Studio beat five other shortlisted teams to win the project earlier this year, including

- Foster & Partners / Vladimir Djurovic Landscape Architecture in association with Gardiner & Theobald.
- Snohetta / Gareth Hoskins Architects in association with Aecom.
- Gustafson Porter / Niall McLaughlin Architects in association with Space Syntax, Arup and Jackson Coles.
- Mecanoo Architecten / Cooper Cromar in association with Ian White, Buro Happold and Davis Langdon.
- West 8 in association with Arup and Turner & Townsend.

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