The Victorian park is part of the City Centre Masterplan, with an aim to provide better access to the park. This could involve the provision of lifts, ramps and new steps and possibly a multi-purpose space to allow year-round events. Use of the historic arches for retail, refreshments and artists’ studios is also a consideration.
Aberdeen City Council leader councillor Jenny Laing said there had been fierce competition from nearly a dozen leading design practitioners. "LDA Design has a world-class reputation as the team behind high quality, iconic projects that demonstrate both innovation and respect for heritage."
LDA Design will continue the process of engaging with the public and key organisations, with feedback on proposals to be gathered towards the end of the year. Detailed plans are scheduled to go before the council in early 2017.
LDA Design has successfully delivered long term management plans for over 50 parks and green spaces throughout the UK and overseas.
The Union Terrace Gardens regeneration project will be led from LDA Design’s Glasgow office. Project director Kirstin Taylor said: "They can be revitalised in a way that completely respects and enhances their 19th century heritage. Traditional park enjoyment can be balanced alongside new ideas and uses."
LDA Design has put together a specialised team of consultants, comprising its own team of landscape architects, urban designers and planners with economic and real estate consultants, artists, ecologists, engineers and other specialist skills, all led with expert project management, and including Arup, which will work on civil, structural, mechanical, and building work, Coltart Earley Architects will work on conservation, StudioLR on signage and wayfinding and BSG on ecology.