Press Release

Balfour Beatty set to transform historic Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen

26 April 2019


Balfour Beatty has secured a £25.7 million contract to renovate the historic Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen on behalf of Aberdeen City Council.

The scheme forms part of the Council’s City Centre Masterplan project which will transform the Victorian park in Aberdeen into an inclusive 21st Century space; improving access, amenity and activity whilst enhancing Union Terrace Garden’s heritage features.

As part of the works, Balfour Beatty will be responsible for the construction of three new pavilions, a new accessible walkway into  the gardens from Union Street, as well as associated landscaping and lighting. In addition, the company will sympathetically refurbish the historic Victorian Union Terrace arches.

Hector MacAulay, Balfour Beatty’s Regional Managing Director of Scotland and Ireland, said: “We are looking forward to working with Aberdeen City Council to transform the historic Union Terrace Gardens, which on completion will significantly contribute to the Council’s City Centre Masterplan.

“Our construction expertise coupled with our experience in regenerating public spaces makes us ideally positioned to deliver the three new pavilions and sympathetically upgrade this much-loved historic space which will benefit the local community and visitors alike for years to come.”

Council Co-Leader Councillor Douglas Lumsden said: “With the selection of Balfour Beatty as contractor, the job of turning the vision for Union Terrace Gardens into reality is about to start in earnest. This is a moment for celebration right across Aberdeen.

“The investment we’re making is transforming our city and the benefits will be felt throughout the region. Generations to come can share in the rewards.”

Council Co-Leader Councillor Jenny Laing added: “In progressing plans for Union Terrace Gardens we have listened to residents’ wishes while aiming to secure best value for the city.”

“Union Terrace Garden’s regeneration will complement other major infrastructure projects nearing completion, including the Event Complex Aberdeen (TECA) and the redeveloped Aberdeen Art Gallery, both world-class facilities. “The city is moving forward as one and making history as we go.”

Works are due to commence this summer with completion expected in summer 2021.


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Notes to editors:

  • Balfour Beatty (com) is a leading international infrastructure group. With 28,000 employees, we provide innovative and efficient infrastructure that underpins our daily lives, supports communities and enables economic growth. We finance, develop, build and maintain complex infrastructure such as transportation, power and utility systems, social and commercial buildings.
  • Our main geographies are the UK & Ireland, US and Far East. Over the last 100 years we have created iconic buildings and infrastructure all over the world including the London Olympics’ Aquatic Centre, Hong Kong’s first Zero Carbon building, the National Museum of the Marine Corps in the US and the Channel Tunnel Rail Link.
  • Balfour Beatty has been operating in Scotland for over a century. Today, the company employs 2,000 people across Scotland and works with a supply chain that includes a substantial proportion of local businesses.
  • The company’s construction business recently completed Perth Futures Trust Phase 1, Dundee Train Station Redevelopment and the Prince & Princess Wales Hospice and Radisson Red Hotel, both located in Glasgow.
  • Significant projects in the Company’s current portfolio include The Gatty Marine building for the University of St Andrews, Forth Valley College’s Falkirk Campus, University of Strathclyde’s Learning and Teaching Hub, the Institute for Regeneration and Repair for the University of Edinburgh, Glasgow Queen Street Station Redevelopment for Network Rail and A9 Dualling Luncarty to Pass of Burnham for Transport Scotland.
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