Bespoke project blooms after opening

AJE has played a key role in the £28.3 refurbishment of Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen.

We have kindly been given permission to use these stunning pictures from photographer Linda Kantes which capture brilliantly the work done by our teams.

Union Terrace Gardens re-opened in December after being revamped. The new look Gardens now have improved wheelchair access and includes new amenities such as a new play area for children, toilets, and cafes while restoring historic features.

AJE’s involvement revolved around the raised walkways.

Graham Alexander, company director and general manager said: “We designed and fabricated the structural steel support frames and also provided the cladding for these which gives them this tremendous, eye-catching finish. You can see clearly from the images the before and after and the sheer level of work that has gone into this project. A lot of time and effort went into this, it was a big job and there was a lot of design work. Each level of the walkways are curving, there is nothing uniform about it which made it a very interesting project to work on. It’s a completely, individual, bespoke project.”

As well as the new walkways, the Gardens also include extensive seating, new lighting features, refurbishment of the historic arches and Victorian toilets, a new public toilet, new specially-commissioned artworks, new native planting, a net gain in trees, and reinstatement of a planted city crest. It also has a new water feature, the three statues (William Wallace, Robbie Burns, and Edward VII) have been cleaned, and the ‘grand staircase’ down to the lower Gardens has been reinstated..

The improvements are part of the Aberdeen City Centre and Beach Masterplan which is designed to invigorate both areas while respecting and enhancing Aberdeen’s unique qualities and characteristics. The Masterplan projects are also aimed at encouraging more walking and wheeling.


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