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Union Terrace Take III: Brisac Gonzalez scheme could return

The Brisac Gonzalez-designed gallery scheme for Union Terrace Gardens in Aberdeen, dropped three years ago, could be revisited in the latest twist surrounding the controversial plans for the site.

According the BBC Scotland, Aberdeen City Council deputy leader Marie Boulton said the proposals backed by Peacock Visual Arts could be back on the table ‘in some shape or form’.

The possibility of reviewing the original Peacocks Visual Arts scheme would be the latest development in a long-running and highly controversial debate about the future of the gardens.

Brisac Gonzales’ scheme had won planning permission when it was ditched after a businessman Sir Ian Wood launched a rival proposal and offered £50 million to develop the scheme.

An international design competition followed, but designs by New York practice Diller Scofidio + Renfro’s (DSR) for a ‘Granite Web’ revamp of Union Terrace Gardens were ultimately rejected by the council in August last year.

Brisac Gonzalez and Councillor Boulton were unavailable for comment as the AJ went to press and Peacock Visual Arts declined to comment.

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  • This is really good news, if it results in the original competition winning scheme - that respects the character of the setting - being realised. It might also go some way to restoring confidence in the governance of Aberdeen city.

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