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Architects call for Union Terrace Gardens design competition

A group of architects in the North East have called for a design competition to be held to decide the future of Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen

The Aberdeen Architects network, which represents some 20 designers in the region, said the current plans, including raising the gardens to street level, were ‘fundamentally flawed’.

Local tycoon Ian Wood, chairman of energy services company Wood Group, has pledged £50 million towards developing the area.

Speaking for Aberdeen Architects, George Simpson told the local Press and Journal newspaper: ‘We would normally expect a feasibility study to look at a site and investigate all possibilities, so you get the right result. I’m not opposed to development there, it’s the nature of the development.

‘We feel quite strongly that an architects’ competition is the way forward.’

The project has attracted controversy in the past. Last year the Peacock Visual Arts Centre, which is set to move to the park, said its proposals for a new venue – designed by Brisac Gonzalez (pictured) – were under threat because of Wood’s plans.

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